BOSTON (CBS) — It’s that time of year: kids are heading off to camp and the American Academy of Pediatrics is updating its recommendations on how to keep kids safe during the summer.

First, all campers should have a pre-camp check-up with their pediatrician to address any health issues and update immunizations, whether it’s a day camp or an overnight camp.

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The AAP also suggested parents communicate directly with camp administrators to discuss any special health concerns, like food safety if a child has food allergies, or how daily medications will be stored and administered for kids who have underlying health conditions like seizures or diabetes.

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Campers with asthma or allergies should know how to use an inhaler or epi-pen themselves and all camps are urged to have an AED on site in case of a cardiac emergency.

Camps are also encouraged to form relationships with emergency medical services, dentists and mental health specialists in their area.

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After all, “a healthy camper is a happy camper” and anticipating problems before they arise can be critical to kids’ wellbeing.

Dr. Mallika Marshall