My Toddler Has Frostbite! What to Do and What to Avoid

Between the unseasonable warmth and the chilling -40 degree Polar Vortex days, it’s been a confusing winter, to say the least. My boys never seem to know whether they should be putting on 4 layers or 1, and “You’re going to get frostbite!” seems to come out of my mouth more days than not. So what do we do when frostbite occurs?

Key Takeaways:
—Frostnip is the first stage of frostbite. Teach children that when their skin looks red and feels itchy or painful, they should come indoors and tell you.
—True frostbite involves white or grayish skin that feels unusually firm to the touch. Children may complain of numbness.
—Warm up children as soon as a change in skin color or feeling occurs.
—Rubbing and using friction to create heat is something we do instinctively, but not the best choice for this affliction. Press your hands to the cold area or try submerging in tepid or warm water.



Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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