5 Common Symptoms of Hypothermia

Hypothermia can set in quickly for individuals who spend time outdoors in the winter and with athletes who participate in winter outdoor sports. Knowing the common symptoms of hypothermia can help you be more proactive to prevent the early stages of hypothermia from becoming more severe.  Taking a first aid training course online can help you learn more about hypothermia.  Being first aid trained can help keep you safe while you are enjoying the outdoors.  Here are some common symptoms of hypothermia to be aware of:

  1. Shivering.  Shivering will start in stage one of hypothermia.  Shivering is the body’s natural method of trying to warm itself up. If you are shivering outside, you need to take action to warm your core so that the shivering can stop.  Be mindful if you are still outdoors and the shivering stops.  It could be a sign that you have moved from mild to moderate hypothermia.
  2. Confusion.  Confusion happens when moderate hypothermia has set in.  Someone suffering from hypothermia may have slurred speech or memory loss.  They may act strange and not be able to make decisions for themselves.  If you see someone acting confused and they have been in the cold for an extended period of time, try to move them indoors to get their body temperature back up.
  3. Fumbling or Numb Hands.  When someone is suffering from hypothermia, their hands may go numb from the cold and they may not be able to use their hands functionally.  Toes and feet are at risk too, especially if you are struggling to keep your feet dry.
  4. Exhaustion.  Hypothermia can make you feel exhausted.  You might feel unable to keep moving or unable to escape the cold.  
  5. Drowsiness.  The last stages of hypothermia can cause your body to simply stop.  Someone who is suffering from hypothermia may feel the need to lay down and “rest” where they are.  The final stages of hypothermia are irreversible and often result in death.  

Obtaining a first aid training certificate can help you learn more about hypothermia and how to prevent it.  An online first aid course can also provide tips that you can use if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of hypothermia.  It’s never too late to brush up on your wellness training! Sign up for first aid training and know the warning signs so you can take action to support health and wellness during winter training season.

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