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Children sent home from school with hypothermia
It was a brutally cold day all across the country today.
But first, Channel 3's Jenise Fernandez joins us live with more on two Escambia school children treated for hypothermia this morning
The school district won't release the names or ages of those children. They're also not telling us which school they attend.
The children did not have to go to the hospital, the school nurse treated them.
Two elementary-aged children got on the school bus this morning ready for a school day, only to be sent home with hypothermia.
When they arrived to school, superintendent Malcolm Thomas says they were blue with dangerously low body temperatures.
Thomas says, believes they were exposed to frigid temperatures inside the home overnight. He says the home had one space heater.
"It was super cold last night and a space heater probably wasn't big enough."
Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat, it's usually caused by being exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time.
Young children and the elderly are the most at risk.
"Things that can make it worse is exposure to water and wind especially. so if you're wet and there's a good wind blowing. it can be 60 degrees outside and you can still get hypothermia."
Dr. Jennifer Driscoll says you don't necessarily have to be outside to get hypothermia.
Cold air can make its way inside the home.. and if not properly heated, it could be potentially dangerous.
"Layers... to conserve the heat your body does make."
Driscoll says to look out for blue skin, shivering, or mental confusion.
If someone does become hypothermic, get them to a warm place right away.
"The main thing to do is keep them dressed warm. keep them in layers from top to bottom."
The superintendent worked with the Department of Children and Families to make sure the children have a warm home tonight.
He says, social workers are also looking into the home to make sure it's an adequate place for children to live in.
Reporting live Escambia County, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.