Protective Services Instructor Jonathan Coyne with the
assistance of Scranton High School student, Brenden Calpin!
Exposure to below-freezing temperatures can cause
frostbite, a rare but serious condition that requires emergency care. Frostbite
can affect any area of the skin, and in extreme cold can develop within
Signs and Symptoms
•Aching pain or numbness, most often on hands, feet,
face, and ears
•Skin that feels hard and waxy, with a white or grayish
What to Do
If you think your child is frostbitten, call the doctor
right away. Begin these steps:
•Bring your child indoors immediately. Do not try to thaw
frostbite unless you're in a warm place (warming and then re-exposing frozen
parts to cold can cause permanent damage).
•Remove wet clothing.
•Do not rub frostbitten parts — treat them gently.
•Do not use dry heat — such as a fireplace, oven, or
heating pad — to thaw frostbite.
•Do not break any blisters.
•Warm the frostbitten parts in warm (not hot) water for
about 30 minutes.
•Place clean cotton balls between frostbitten fingers and
toes after they've been warmed.
•Loosely wrap warmed areas with clean bandages to prevent
•Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.