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Hypothermia

Hypothermia is where your body temperature gets dangerously low (below 35C).

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, cold skin, slurred speech and confusion. Babies with hypothermia may feel cold and floppy.

Hypothermia is a medical emergency that needs to be treated in hospital. There are things you can do while waiting for medical help to arrive.

Causes of hypothermia include not wearing warm clothes in cold weather, falling into cold water and living in a cold house.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, cold skin, slurred speech and confusion. Babies with hypothermia may feel cold and floppy.

Go to A&E or call 999

if you think someone has hypothermia and they have any of these:

A baby with hypothermia may be:

Read more on the NHS website.

Hypothermia is a medical emergency that needs to be treated in hospital. There are things you can do while waiting for medical help to arrive.

Self-care


Do

  • move the person indoors or somewhere sheltered as quickly as possible

  • remove any wet clothing, wrap them in a blanket, sleeping bag or dry towel, making sure their head is covered

  • give them a warm non-alcoholic drink and some sugary food like chocolate if they're fully awake

  • keep them awake by talking to them until help arrives

  • make sure you or someone else stays with them


Don't

  • do not use a hot bath, hot water bottle or heat lamp to warm them up

  • do not rub their arms, legs, feet or hands

  • do not give them alcohol to drink

These will not help and could make things worse.

Medical treatments

Your heart rate will be monitored and you may be given oxygen to help you breathe.

You may also be given warm fluids straight into a vein to help your body warm up.

Treatment in intensive care may be needed if you have severe hypothermia.

Read more on the NHS website.

Causes of hypothermia include not wearing warm clothes in cold weather, falling into cold water and living in a cold house.

Read more on the NHS website.