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Cold temperatures pose health risks

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) - Monday was the first day of Christmas break for many area students.

But with cold temperatures, a lot of parents kept their kids inside.

"I want my kids to go out as much as we can in the wintertime and to have fun and experience all the winter activities," said Shannon Foote of Evansdale. "But if it's too cold for me, it's too cold for them."

Her 8-year-old son Landen understood why he couldn't go sledding with his 5-year-old sister Ava.

"It's too cold," they told KWWL.

Annette Geary, a nurse practitioner with Dermatology Associates, said frostbite can happen in a matter of minutes.

According to Geary, how quickly it sets in depends on the temperature outside, how wet your skin is and how windy it is.

Healthcare professionals at Dermatology Associates in Waterloo told KWWL it's important for people to warm up slowly after being outdoors. They recommend putting hands in tepid water instead of hot water to warm them up.

Geary said tissue damage could result from exposure to extreme cold weather, and in some cases even amputation.

Healthcare professionals recommend bundling up in layers if you need to be outside, and taking frequent breaks to warm up.

Neither Unity Point Allen Hospital nor Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare reported any patients with frostbite on Monday afternoon.
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