Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

Prepare for winter (frostbite)

It’s good for children to play outside for short periods in winter, but beware of frostbite — white or grayish-yellow skin, firm waxy skin, redness, numbness, or pain. Children are often unaware. Frostbite causes loss of feeling/color in areas such as nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes and can cause permanent damage. Seek medical help. Warm the area with body heat or warm water.

Do not: walk on frostbitten toes or massage the area or use heating pad/stove/fireplace because numb areas may be burned.