-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Updated guidelines to keep
children happy, safe and healthy when they go to camp were released
this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
When deciding on a camp, parents should consider their child's
interests, skills and overall well-being, to ensure their child can
effectively participate at a particular camp.
Parents also need to medically and mentally prepare their child
for camp, and team with their pediatrician and camp health
providers and administrators on a pre-camp health evaluation of
their child, the statement recommends.
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The statement also lists specific health policies and procedures
that should be followed by camp administrators. For example, camps
with emergency medical devices such as automated external
defibrillators, epi-pens or inhalers should keep those devices in
easily accessible locations and ensure that medical staff are
properly trained in their use.
Camps should have an emergency management plan for dealing with
outbreaks of infectious diseases and should promote good
hygiene/hand-washing habits among campers, the statement said.
Camp food should follow federal guidelines for school nutrition
and food should never be used as a reward or withheld as
punishment. Camps should schedule at least 30 minutes of physical
activity per day for children.
The policy statement, reviewed and supported by the American
Camp Association, appears in the April issue of the journal
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