Dr Hilary shares ideal temperatures for each room in your home to stay well this winter

Temperatures plummeted across the UK at the weekend. Snow and ice warning were put in place and heavy snowfalls hit Cumbria.

With cold weather comes a host of health risks, so TV doctor Hilary Jones shared advice to stay well this winter. Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine, he warned of the risk of hyperthermia in cold temperatures.

Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature below 35C. It’s a medical emergency that needs to be treated in hospital.

As well as wearing lots of layers, socks and slippers and even a hat if you’re at home, Dr Hilary advised keeping at least two rooms warm in your home.

He said: “Keep one room in the house at about 21 degrees, the bedroom at 18. So even if the rest of the house is cold, if you’re living in those two rooms do that.”

The doctor also recommended taking vitamin D for immunity – 10mcg a day for everyone is “really good”, he said. People should also move a lot, he said: “Keep your muscles moving, that will help with balance, help with muscle strength and keep you warm.”

Additionally, people have hot drinks and eat little and often rather than two main meals a day.

Dr Hilary also warned of the risk of falls at this time of year because of ice. He said: “If you think about it there’s something like 75,000 to 100,000 falls and hip fractures every year in the UK and this is the peak season when it’s icy like this.

“The average age of a hip fracture is 77 and of those people 10 percent will lose their lives in the first month after a hip fracture. After a year it’s 30 percent.

“The rehab and the surgery is really complex so bear that in mind. Just think about do you need to go out if it’s icy, is there anything you can do to stay home and stay safe.”

Symptoms of hypothermia

The NHS lists the following symptoms as signs of the condition:

  • shivering
  • pale, cold and dry skin – skin and lips may turn blue or grey (on black or brown skin this may be easier to see on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet)
  • slurred speech
  • slow breathing
  • tiredness or confusion

A baby may be:

  • cold to touch
  • floppy
  • unusually quiet and sleepy and may refuse to feed

If you think you or your child have hypothermia you should go to A&E or call 999. While waiting for medical help avoid the following:

  • do not use a hot bath, hot water bottle or heat lamp to warm them up
  • do not rub their arms, legs, feet or hands
  • do not give them alcohol to drink

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