Doctors: Too Cold for Kids to Play Outside

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thousands of students have the day off as schools in the area have closed for the day, but doctors say it’s too cold for kids to play outside.

Doctors say anytime the temperature drops below freezing there are risks to playing outside. Depending on the conditions it can take less than 10 minutes to develop frostbite. In these conditions doctors say all appendages need to be covered and younger children will need additional protection.

If you’re not sure how long your child should be outside (if at all) Dr. Hanna Engel-Brower says parents should stay outside with their children.

“That’s the only way to know how cold it is, but know that they’re going to have trouble and get cold before you do because as adults we warm our bodies up more effectively,” Dr. Engel-Brower said.