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Preventing hypothermia: Know the warning signs, be prepared

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BOZEMAN - We are experiencing very cold temperatures this week which can bring along dangerous health conditions, especially for young children or the elderly.

"Anyone who has an increased risk of body heat loss or a failure of ability to recognize their own body temperature,“ said Dr. Tiffany Kuehl, an Emergency Medicine Specialist with Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

Hypothermia can set in quicker than most people think, and if nothing is done to warm the body it can be fatal. "if a person is sleepy, altered or confused, or they have signs of frostbite they need to come to the emergency department," said Kuehl.

But there are ways to avoid getting dangerously cold, "it's very important to dress to the weather and keep an eye on kids," Kuehl advised.

Finally, make sure you are moving when outside in these temperatures. Even just shivering is helpful as that keeps the body warm.

Kuehl also pointed out that there's no set time for how long it takes hypothermia to set in which is why it’s important to pay attention to children and your own body temperature.

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