Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a child’s life. At the same time, it can be difficult for both kids and parents. This is especially true for children with health concerns, such as food allergies. In addition to the usual concerns about homesickness and safety is the concern about a potential allergic reaction.
The number of camps catering to specific health conditions is rising. If your child has health concerns such as food allergies, you may be able to find a nearby camp that has specific experience dealing with these issues. The right camp experience will offer a safe, fun environment for your child.
Questions to Ask
If you’re choosing a camp for your child, the more questions you ask, the better. Inquire about counselors’ training and qualifications.
- Does the camp have a trained nurse on site?
- Is phone service available from all locations at the camp, and do all counselors have phones to call for emergency assistance, if needed?
- Does the camp allow food in the bunks?
Prepare Your Child
Before sending your child to camp, be sure he or she knows what to expect. Discuss common issues like homesickness and avoiding summertime ailments like poison ivy and sunburns. Make sure your child is prepared to avoid allergens while away from home.
Children with food allergies should bring epinephrine and antihistamines with them in case a reaction happens at camp.