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The First Aid Team
by First Aid Team

With the heavy snow that has fallen over the past week in many parts of the UK, it seems appropriate to talk about Hypothermia; the signs & symptoms and what to do. Most of this is fairly obvious but, sometimes, stating the obvious is the best approach.

At its most basic, Hypothermia is caused by a drop in the body’s core temperature. Humans generally have a normal temperature of between 36 & 37 degrees Celsius and it doesn’t have to get much lower than 36C for someone to become hypothermic. Age, health and weight all play a factor in how quickly the casualty can become hypothermic; a small child’s temperature will, generally, drop a lot quicker than a healthy adult’s will.

Speed is of the essence when you suspect that someone is becoming hypothermic; look for the signs and symptoms and don’t hesitate to call 999 if you are in anyway concerned.

Does the person have any of these?

  • Shivering
  • Loss of colour (pale/grey/muddy completion)
  • Bluing around the lips or nail beds
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow breathing
  • Tiredness or confusion

In a baby you may also see:

  • Cold to the touch and their skin may be red or darker than normal
  • Floppy
  • Unusually quiet and sleepy and may refuse to feed.


  • Call the Emergency Services immediately
  • Move them indoors or somewhere sheltered as quickly as possible
  • Remove any wet clothing. To be direct, better naked in a blizzard than in wet clothing in a blizzard
  • Warm them in a blanket, sleeping bag, dry towel and try to get dry, warm clothing on
  • Keep the head covered
  • Give them, a warm, non-alcoholic drink and something sugary to eat like chocolate
  • Keep them talking until help arrives
  • Make sure someone stays with them


  • Give them a hot bath, hot shower, hot water bottle or but them in front of a heater
  • Do not run their arms, legs, feet or hands
  • Do not give them anything alcoholic to drink – it lowers the body temperature

For more information on Hypothermia then please go to the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hypothermia/

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