With temperatures below freezing, frostbite is a danger

By Tom Lehman 12:12am, January 23, 2014 - Updated 7:10pm, January 23, 2014
VIDEO: Dr. Richard Kruse with Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children talks about frostbite./Video courtesy of NBC 10.
With sub-freezing temperatures in the forecast, doctors say it's important for parents to protect their kids against frostbite while they're spending time outside.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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Dr. Richard Kruse with Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children told NBC 10 that kids can play outside but should come inside every 30 to 40 minutes.

It's also important to check the color of skin after exposure to the cold, especially for the nose, fingers, and toes, Kruse said.

"Red skin is OK and should be taken care of, but white skin is dangerous," he said.

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A child should be brought inside and be warmed quickly if a parent has. That includes a soak in some warm--but not hot--water and a change into some dry clothes, both of which should help raise core temperature.


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