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Advice on Staying Warm as Winter Temps Drop Rapidly

Winter temperatures are dropping rapidly, so staying warm and dry can be a challenge. WFFT's Brooke Welch spoke with a Fort Wayne Physician that has some advice to keep you warm and healthy this winter.
Winter temperatures are dropping rapidly, so staying warm and dry can be a challenge.  WFFT's Brooke Welch spoke with a Fort Wayne Physician that has some advice to keep you warm and healthy this winter.

According to the Farmers Almanac, the first day of winter does not begin until December 21st, but with temperatures in the single digits overnight, it definitely feels like winter has already arrived.

"If your core temperature starts to drop and you get hypothermia and you start getting confused or fatigued, you may not notice it and you may need a friend to get you inside."

While hypothermia in adults is an issue, parents need to be especially aware of how the cold weather is affecting their children.  Dr. Matthew Sutter, the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Lutheran Hospital explains why.

"You worry especially with babies because they have a large surface area for the amount of mass that they have."

Hypothermia is not the only cold weather concern.

"Frostbite...you'll start to get numbness and tingling in your fingers.  They'll start to turn pale, that's an important warning sign that you either need to bundle up or get inside."

So how can you avoid these cold weather issues?
Always wear a hat since most heat is lost through the head.
Wear a scarf to cover the mouth and neck.
Make sure your sleeves are snug at the wrist.
Mittens to cover the hands.
Several layers of loose fitting clothing/
Water resistant coat and boots.

Dr. Sutter warns against drinking too many cocktails at a holiday party and says, "alcohol increases your heat loss, and it also makes you make poor decisions.  A lot of hypothermia cases the more serious cases, and death are related to alcohol."

If you follow these tips, you can still safely enjoy outdoor activities this winter season.
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