Jun 30, 2010 Post By: Children's Health

Summer camp tips

It’s sleep-away and day camp season. Parents may have questions about their child’s medications while at camp and also what to pack for camp and why. One of our Children’s Medical Center nurses just returned from duty as a camp nurse and has these helpful tips for parents and campers alike:

• Find out if there is a camp nurse and where children’s medications are stored.
• Ask who administers medications if not a camp nurse.
• When dropping off your child, stop by to visit the camp nurse or health officer with any health or other concerns and let the nurse know which medications or other healthcare products your child is using.
• Keep all medications in their original packaging, especially prescription drugs, but also over-the-counter medications, herbals, vitamins and homeopathic remedies, such as melatonin. Otherwise, the nurse will not be able to dispense the products to your child.
• Provide the nurse and camp counselor with a list of any known food or environmental allergies your child may have.
• Provide your camper with a reusable water bottle so it will be easier for them to stay hydrated.
• Pack lots of sunscreen and a hat to protect your child from the harsh summer sun.
• You might also want to pack insect spray that is appropriate for your child’s age and size.
• Pack extra socks so your child has dry ones to wear to prevent blisters.
• To help allay possible homesickness, send your child to camp with a memento from home, such as a favorite stuffed animal, toy or photo.