Get a Jump Start on Camp Physicals to Enjoy a Safe & Healthy Summer

03.08.2018

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Believe it or not, summer will be here before you know it, and families around the country will be dropping their kids off for summer camp – the ultimate rite of passage for many children. For parents, summer camp can also mean anxiety surrounding sending a child away, but taking early measures to ensure a safe camp experience will lessen stress when departure time arrives.

How to Prepare for the Camp Experience

Before campers and counselors complete their applications and pack up their trunks, mandatory camp physicals must be completed. Your local RediClinic offers camp-goers a convenient and affordable place to get a camp physical. During this visit, a clinician will review your camper’s health and immunization record, assess vision and evaluate your child’s mobility and general health. Keep in mind that the type of camp your child attends may impact the type of physical exam he or she will need. Most camps require a regular camp physical, while some sports camps may require a more comprehensive pre-participation sports physical.

Additionally, if your child will be attending camp this summer, or even just enjoying outdoor activities at home, there are a few simple tips to help him or her stay safe and healthy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these suggestions to prepare your child for a safe and fun summer experience:

  1. Get your child vaccinated. Ask a RediClinic clinician what vaccines are recommended for summer camp, and ensure that vaccinations are up-to-date.
  2. Encourage safe physical activity. Help prevent injury by packing protective gear, such as helmets and life jackets (if the camp will not provide them). Tell your kids not to swim alone. Encourage them not to swim if they have diarrhea, which is the cause of many waterborne illnesses.
  3. Stress the importance of staying hydrated. Children shouldn’t wait until they feel thirsty to drink water. Encourage your kids to drink plenty of non-carbonated, sugar-free fluids throughout the day.
  4. Teach your child to avoid wild animals. Animals can carry diseases, such as rabies, that are dangerous to people. Advise your child to enjoy them from a distance in their natural surroundings.
  5. Pack protection. Ensure that your packing check list includes insect repellent and sunscreen, as well as lightweight, light-colored clothes for hot days and blankets/sleeping bags and warm clothes for cool nights.
  6. Be proactive. Find out how you will be notified if your child becomes ill and what procedures are in place for caring for your child.
  7. Other needs. If your child has health considerations that require attention, like allergies to food or medicine, make sure that they are clearly marked on the camp application and physical form. Also, teach your child to communicate these needs to an adult/camp counselor to be on the safe side.

Preparing in advance helps ensure the safest and healthiest camp experience for your child!

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