YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Temperatures are expected to plummet later this week to the single digits, and wind chills could reach the negative teens by Friday morning.
Any area of exposed skin is at risk of frostbite after the first 30 minutes – the time it takes some children to walk to school.
While frostbite is a risk, the cold can increase the susceptibility to catching cold. While not wearing appropriate outer gear doesn’t directly cause a cold, frigid temperatures can stress the immune system, which could make it more likely to contract a virus.
Health officials warn that children and teens need to bundle up. The trend for teens has been to forgo the winter coat for a hoodie or other garments that don’t provide proper protection. Doctors warn parents to sidestep their child’s fashion demands and bring out the heavy outerwear.
“Older children and adolescents do tend to push the limits, and sometime parents feel that they need to give in to that. But really, it is important for children of all ages to be kept warm below freezing temperatures. Risk of frostbite is our most significant concern,” said Kimberly Giuliano, Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician.