Summer camp health and safety tips

CBP1027993
Summer camp provides children with the chance to make new friends and learn new skills. Unfortunately, it also puts them at risk for common injuries and ailments associated with outdoor activity and close quarters. Before you send your child on his or her big adventure, consider the following tips for summer camp health and safety.
Be honest and accurate on health forms. Most camps ask for a comprehensive health history for on-site medical staff. Be sure to inform them of any gluten intolerance, peanut allergies or behavioral diagnoses such as ADHD or autism.
Vaccinate your child. Most camps require vaccinations; however, some do not. In these cases, your child may become exposed to potentially dangerous diseases. Before sending your child to be in close proximity with other kids, get his or her vaccinations up to date.
Keep sick children home. Many camp-wide outbreaks stem from illnesses that began at home. It can be disappointing when a child falls ill shortly before heading off to camp. Still, it’s best to hold your child out for two or three days until he or she is no longer contagious.
Pack appropriate clothing. According to a recent report, strained or sprained ankles are the most common camp injuries. Be sure to equip your child with closed-toed shoes that have strong rubber soles. Avoid sandals, flip-flops and other open-toed footwear.
Get your child in shape. Unless your child is involved in athletics, he or she may spend an inordinate amount of time in front of computers, smartphones or the television. At camp, children are involved in a number of strenuous activities, including swimming, hiking, capture the flag, tug-of-war and other competitive events. Give your child a better chance for success and reduce the risk of injury by taking a few weeks to get in shape before camp starts.
Teach self-care. Make sure your child knows to apply sunscreen and take any necessary daily medications. You should also encourage your child to speak up for him or herself when the need arises. You’d be surprised how many kids fail to notify camp authorities when they suffer cuts, allergies, stomach aches, oral pain and other common, uncomfortable physical problems.

Health News + Events

TikTok Health Hacks: Safe or Sham?

No matter your preferred social media channel, you’ve likely seen viral health hacks for everything from congestion to snoring to weight loss. We turned to our team of certified  Read More

How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but even the friendliest of creatures can sometimes get spooked or display aggressive behavior. Bites can even happen when giving an excit  Read More

Top Health Concerns For Men

Did you know that the average man pays less attention to his health than the average woman? That’s according to Harvard Medical School, which also states that men are more likely  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.6
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Patient
Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Patient
Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Patient
Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Patient
Somers, NY