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.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 1,432 New COVID Cases, 12 Additional Deaths
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.READ MORE: 'Survivor' Contestant Michelle Yi Describes Frightening Santa Monica Assault
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.MORE NEWS: Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 8: Can Kirk Cousins Put Up Points On The Cowboys Defense?
After all, “a healthy camper is a happy camper” and anticipating problems before they arise can be critical to kids’ wellbeing.