Bundle up the kids for near-record lows, doctors say

Dr. Ashley Satorius-Rutz (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — From frozen pipes to trips to the hospital, frigid temperatures are wreaking havoc for Hoosiers.

Monday was the second-coldest New Year’s Day on record in Indianapolis and the city’s coldest day in four years.

Dr. Ashley Satorius-Rutz of IU Health Methodist Hospital said the hospital treated at least six patients who were exposed to the cold for hours.

“That causes your body temperature to get really low, and depending how low it gets, that causes anything from a little bit of confusion to people getting sleepy to pretty much in coma, even,” Satorius-Rutz said.

Meteorologists are expecting near-record lows again Tuesday, when Indianapolis Public Schools students were scheduled to return to class at the end of winter break. IPS announced on Monday night that classes were canceled at all locations, while some schools would be open to serve lunch. 

WISH-TV’s Daybreak team will report available updates on Tuesday morning.

For now, WISH-TV’s Randy Ollis is advising people to stay inside.

“I would personally not send the kids out,” Ollis said. “If they do, maybe just for a short period of time. Make sure they have layered clothing on, too.”

IU Health doctors recommend bundling kids up with hats, scarves, gloves and heavy socks.

In addition, plumbers are warning people to run their faucets to prevent frozen pipes and to detach the hoses from any outside faucets.