Frostbite may begin with numbness and tingling in the cheeks, nose, ears, fingers and toes. More serious symptoms include skin that has turned red or pale or has developed blisters:
- Remove wet clothing and give child warm, dry clothes.
- Soak the area in warm, never hot, water (less than 108 degrees)
- Avoid rubbing the area, which could damage tissue.
- Do not warm areas of the body affected by the cold near a fire or space heater because it could burn the affected area.
- Have your child drink warm beverages, such as hot cocoa, tea or milk.