With school coming to a close, many kids are eager to bid farewell to class, and embrace the joys of summer camp. As parents ready themselves and their children for eight weeks of carefree fun, Dr. Ellen Lestz, pediatrician at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk, shared some helpful tips to keep kids safe and healthy.
Remember to Relax
Dr. Lestz advises parents of sleep away campers to stay cheerful and positive about the experience. “Remind your children that going to camp is a big step and that it’s okay to be nervous,” she said. “And remind yourself that your kids are gaining independence in a way they might not otherwise experience, and are enjoying opportunities that will be remembered for a lifetime.”
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
With the summertime heat and humidity that the Northeast is known for, plenty of water throughout the day is a summer camp must. “In order to prevent heat-related illness, make sure your children take plenty of breaks throughout their long days in the sun and that they drink about 3-8 ounces of water every 20 minutes,” Dr. Lestz recommended.
Ban the Bugs…Carefully
While DEET is a powerful insect repellant, its use should be monitored with some precautions, especially for children. Dr. Lestz advises only using products that contain 10% or less of DEET, applied to exposed skin and clothing and avoiding the mouth, eyes and hands. “Have the counselor apply the repellant, and make sure your child showers at the end of the day,” she said.