Tips for Keeping Your Child Healthy at Camp

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MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With thousands of kids heading to camp for the summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some tips for keeping them safe and happy.

In a new report, the group recommends that all children have a checkup before leaving for camp.

Parents should also know what health services the camp has and talk with camp officials about any health issues concerning their child.

Other recommendations:

  • Make sure your kids are up to date on required vaccinations.
  • Teach your children how to use any medical equipment they need, such as inhalers and epinephrine injectors.
  • Be sure the camp has supplies of medications your child needs and that counselors are trained to act in an emergency.
  • Verify that the camp has an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site, as well as a food allergy policy.
  • Make electronic health records available to reduce errors.

Camps need to have people who can administer first aid and have a relationship with local emergency services, as well as dental and mental health specialists.

"Having a plan in place -- and making sure that staff are properly trained -- will help everyone feel more relaxed and eager to enjoy the experience," Dr. Michael Ambrose said in an academy news release. "A healthy camper is a happy camper."

Ambrose is lead author of the report produced by the AAP Council on School Health. It was published online June 17 in the journal Pediatrics.

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SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, June 17, 2019

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