Frostbite occurs when your child is exposed to below-freezing temperatures. This can happen during the winter if your child's hands, feet, head or face are not covered well.
If your child is getting too cold, the affected area(s) will turn red or reddish-purple and will feel warm. As frostbite sets in, the affected body part(s) will be:
Get your child out of the cold. How long he is exposed to the cold and wind will affect the frostbite. Then follow these steps:
If the frostbite is bad enough, blisters may form quickly. Do not try to break them. Cover the area only with loose bandages. If fingers or toes are affected, you may put cotton between them.
Make an appointment to see your health care provider as soon as possible. Protect the affected area with towels or blankets while going for help.
During the winter, make sure your child avoids frostbite by:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic