If your goal is to keep your child with allergies and asthma safe this summer while allowing them to have fun, memorable moments at camp, some research is in order.
More summer camps now understand how to put the right protections in place to keep a child with allergies or asthma safe. Here are four tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that can help families find a summer camp that’s a good fit.
1. Get people in the know
A key element of camp safety is a staff knowledgeable about handling potential medical emergencies. The whole staff needs to be trained in what to do when a severe allergic reaction or asthma emergency occurs, and how to help a child properly use their devices.
2. Remember to pack any medications
If your child uses medications for their nasal allergies or asthma, or if they carry an epinephrine auto-injector for severe allergic reactions, visit an allergist before they leave. Make sure prescriptions are the appropriate dose for their height and weight, and are up to date.
3. Food, glorious food
If your child has a food allergy, talk to the kitchen staff to make sure no areas exist where cross-contamination can occur. Find out how the camp communicates and monitors food allergy information, and determine whether that works for you and your child.
4. Plan for the unexpected
Kids with asthma or allergies who go to camp will also need an emergency health plan in place with the head of the camp, the camp medical personnel and their counselor.