Emergency advice

Hypothermia in babies:

  1. Take them to a warm room and dress them in warm clothes.
  2. Wrap in blanket.
  3. Call 999.

What is hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a condition that occurs when someone’s body temperature drops below 35°C (95°F). Normal body temperature is around 37°C (98. 6°F). Hypothermia can become life-threatening quickly, so it’s important to treat someone with hypothermia straight away.

Signs and symptoms

A baby may:

  • be cold to touch
  • be quiet and sleepy
  • be limp
  • refuse to feed.

What to do

  1. If you suspect a baby has hypothermia, take them to a warm room and dress them in warm clothes.

    • Do not place any direct heat, such as hot water bottles, near a baby as they can cause burns.
  2. You can also wrap them in a blanket and hold them close to you to help to warm them up.

  3. Call 999 or 112 for emergency help. Keep trying to warm them until help arrives. 

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