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When bitterly cold temperatures hit, you have to be careful to avoid staying out in the frigid air for too long. A cold weather emergency can happen relatively quickly, especially with children.

Your child should never leave the house without a hat in this kind of weather. Children, especially younger children, can lose a third of their body heat through their heads when they’re outside, so make sure they are properly dressed.

Extreme cold can cause two potentially serious conditions: hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia is when the core body temperature falls below 95 degrees and is potentially dangerous. Extremely cold temperatures can increase the risk of developing hypothermia.

Early signs of hypothermia include:

  • Intense shivering
  • Cold and pale skin
  • Slow breathing
  • Irregular pulse

To decrease the risk of hypothermia, dress your children in layers. A hat, mittens and a scarf should not be considered optional.

The interesting thing about hypothermia is that you can develop it at any temperature, so it doesn’t have to be 10 below zero. It just has to be below your body temperature.

So say you live in Atlanta and like to wear shorts. If you go out in 40-degree weather wearing shorts, you can still develop hypothermia — and get really sick.

Is it frostbite?

If your child’s skin gets cold and red and your child says the skin is stinging or feels prickly, it’s time to go inside. Those are some of the first signs of frostbite.

Frostbite is the freezing of fluid in the cells. There are various degrees of frostbite.

Frostnip refers to a mild form of frostbite in which only the surface cells of the skin freeze, usually on the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers and toes. The affected skin may at first turn become flushed or reddened. Burning and tingling sensations also are common.

Frostnip is the most common type of frostbite. If identified early, frostnip can be reversed without any tissue damage.

The good news is that frostnip can be treated at home by submerging the area in warm water.

One important thing to remember is to avoid rubbing the affected area. Because frostbite damages the outer layers of skin, you can actually peel the skin off when you rub it.

It’s time to take your child to the emergency department if the skin is turning white or black or is blistering.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2018/02/why-hats-should-be-mandatory-for-your-kids-in-cold-temperatures/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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