First Aid: Frostbiteenparents to extreme cold can cause frostbite, a serious condition that requires emergency care. Here's what to do if your child has frostbite.frostbite, what to do if your child has frostbite, emergency instructions, getting help, emergency room, cold weather, waxy skin, numbness, snow, ice, frosbitten05/13/200310/29/201910/29/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD07/02/201823626c72-8aea-47dd-b76e-b9b15ee390ce<p>Exposure to below-freezing temperatures can cause <a href="">frostbite</a>, a rare but serious condition that needs emergency medical care. Frostbite can affect any area of the skin, and in extreme cold can develop within minutes.</p> <p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <ul> <li>aching pain or numbness, most often on hands, feet, face, and ears</li> <li>skin that feels hard and waxy, with a white or grayish yellow color</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If you think your child has frostbite, <strong>call the doctor right away</strong>. Then:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Bring your child indoors immediately. <strong>Do not try to thaw frostbite unless you're in a warm place</strong> (warming and then re-exposing frozen skin to cold can cause permanent damage).</li> <li>Remove wet clothing.</li> <li><strong>Don't rub frostbitten areas</strong> &mdash; treat them gently.</li> <li><strong>Don't use dry heat</strong> &mdash; such as a fireplace, oven, or heating pad &mdash; to thaw frostbite.</li> <li><strong>Don't break any blisters.</strong></li> <li>Warm the frostbitten parts in <strong>warm (not hot) water</strong> for about 30 minutes.</li> <li>Place clean cotton balls between frostbitten fingers and toes after they've been warmed.</li> <li>Loosely wrap warmed areas with clean bandages to prevent refreezing.</li> <li>Give your child <a href="">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="">ibuprofen</a> for pain.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Emergency Medical Care if Your Child Has:</h3> <ul> <li>an area of skin that is turning white and hard</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Stay updated on weather forecasts. Keep kids warm and dry in cold weather. Loose-fitting, layered warm clothes are best. Have kids wear well-insulated boots, thick socks, hats, scarves, and mittens. Ice packs applied directly to the skin can cause frostbite &mdash; always cover ice packs with a cloth before applying to the skin.</p>Primeros auxilios: Quemaduras por congelamientoLa exposición a temperaturas bajo cero puede provocar quemaduras por congelamiento, una afección muy poco frecuente pero grave que requiere atención médica de emergencia. El congelamiento puede afectar cualquier área de la piel y, en temperaturas extremadamente frías, puede aparecer en cuestión de minutos.
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