HOUSTON --Children are some of the most vulnerable to the cold. Chances are your child will be waiting at a cold bus stop in the morning, so we have some tips that might help. When you get the kids ready for school in the morning, here are things you need to consider:
- Wrap them in one more layer of clothing than you would wear under the same conditions.
- Use several thin layers, like thermal long johns, turtlenecks and sweaters under their coat. That keeps them warm-and dry.
- A hat or cap is critical because kids lose almost half their body heat, through their head.
- Gloves are a must because exposed fingers -- along with ears, the nose, and toes -- are the first to get frostbite if there is prolonged exposure to very cold temperatures.
- Frostbite is rare here. But can you recognize it? It's a patch of skin that's unusually pale and may hurt, burn, or be numb. If your child complains of numbness, soak the area in warm water -- not hot water -- until it turns pink. A warm washcloth can help with cold patches on the ears or nose.
- If your child has a long wait at a bus stop, take the car and wait with them. Keeping them warm in the car until the bus arrives, might earn you a hug or a kiss goodbye!