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Arctic Cold Puts Kids at Risk. They Are More Vulnerable to Cold Than Adults

Released: 22-Jan-2014 2:00 PM EST
Source Newsroom: Loyola University Health System
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Dr. Tony Pagan is a pediatrician at Loyola University Health System in the Chicago area and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

"Frostbite and hypothermia occur more frequently in children because their bodies are different. They have larger heads and large body surface area compared to their body mass which leads to rapid heat loss,” said Pangan. “Compared to adults they just don’t have as much energy reserves to burn when it comes to being cold. This is particularly true for babies who are unable to shiver to generate heat.”

Dr. Pangan is available to comment and give tips on cold weather safety.

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