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A Guide to Outdoor Winter Play

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​Contact: Brooke Wittrock
Manager, Marketing and Communications

Jan. 19, 2016
For Immediate Release

Don’t Let Frosty Forecasts Nip at Your Children’s Health and Safety
A Guide to Outdoor Winter Play

OMAHA, NEB. – During the winter season, children should be allowed to play outside, but for how long and in what temperatures? Boys Town Pediatrics offers guidelines for winter outdoor play.

Temperature Guide

  • Green zone. The safest temperature to go outside to play is 30 degrees or higher.
  • Yellow zone. Playing in temperatures between 20 to 30 degrees should be carefully watched by parents as the weather will affect body temperatures to cool quickly.
  • Red zone. Your child should not play outside in temperatures less than 20 degrees. Keep in mind the wind chill factor can cause the actual temperature outside to be much colder, especially if skin is not properly covered.

Frostbite is a condition that results in extremely cold tissue and manifests itself visually through a white or grayish appearance in the skin during early stages, followed by a blackening in more advanced stages when skin tissue begins to die.

Hypothermia occurs when a child’s core temperature drops below 95 degrees. The normal core temperature ranges from 98-99 degrees. When playing outside in the cold and snow, a child’s body can lose heat quickly. Hypothermia warning signs include:

  • Body shivers
  • Fingers and toes feel numb
  • Exposed skin may look puffy and blue
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty walking
  • Mental confusion
  • Slower breathing and heart rate
  • ​Irregular or erratic heart beat

“Remember to watch the temperature, bundle up, watch for any warning signs, and most importantly, have a safe and fun time with your child this winter season,” said Jason Bruce, Pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics.


Boys Town Pediatrics is keeping kids healthy with extended evening and weekend appointments and scheduled same day sick appointments seven days a week. Our Board Certified pediatric specialists offer diagnosis and treatment services for life-altering disorders, chronic conditions and serious injuries. To learn more about our specialized care for kids and meet the physicians of Boys Town Pediatrics, visit Boys Town Pediatrics, together caring for kids.