You know that point when youre outside in freezing cold weather and you start to shiver?
Take that as a sign that youre done being outdoors. If youre an adult, you may be able to burn enough energy to stay out longer, Wichita pediatrician Frank Banfield said Wednesday.
But once children start shivering, their time is up. Its time to come in, Banfield said. Very young children generally dont shiver at all, so if they do and they are becoming lethargic and clumsy, they must come in right away, the doctor said.
As Wichita schoolchildren get their third snow day in a row Thursday, many will go outside to play, perhaps claiming a lane on a Wichita hill for sledding. And thats fine, Banfield said.
If theyre busy outside, they should be fine, he said. If they stand there and theyre not doing anything, those children are going to get cold.
Its also vital that the exposed areas of a childs skin are covered to avoid frostbite, Banfield said. More skin is exposed on children than on adults in relation to their body weight, he said.
Because their mass isnt that great, Banfield said of children, theyll lose heat faster than an adult would. ... Children become more prone to exposure than an adult.
Because children dont always cover themselves properly, its up to adults to do it, the doctor said. And then its up to adults to make sure kids dont get overheated in the car, he said. If they do and start to sweat, their damp clothes will lead to kids getting chilled when they get back out of the car.