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How Is My Child Doing After Camp?

August is the month that thousands of children will return from their summer camp, and for most parents, the first thing they will do is assess the damage. 

Most camps will have some form of nurse’s station or medical facility on-site, however, the capabilities of these on-site stations are usually limited.

The confined quarters and warm weather make illnesses easily communicable among campers. While colds and respiratory conditions may be easier to spot, some others may not be so easy. Below are a few of the most common questions parents may ask when kids return home from camp.

What is that rash?

Nature hikes and trail walks are a staple of summer camps. With all of this walking through the woods, kids will often come in contact with plants like poison ivy and poison oak. 

In other cases, long days in the hot sun may cause skin irritations or heat rash. If you are unsure of what type of rash your child may have, it is always best to have it checked. 

Also, make sure to wash all of your child’s clothes when they return home, as the oils from poison ivy and other plants can stay attached to clothing.

Did they get a tick bite?

Hikes and trail walks also make the perfect conditions for tick bites and New York has one of the highest tick bite rates in the US. Ticks usually latch onto warm moist areas of the body. 

Make sure to check the hairline, neck and armpits for tick bites. 

If you find a tick, this helpful article will highlight how to remove a tick as well as when to seek treatment for a tick bite.

Why are they limping?

Whether it is baseball, kickball or basketball- sports are also an integral part of the summer camp experience.

During the long hot days of summer, muscles are more prone to becoming fatigued and there can be an increased chance of muscle injuries or sprains.

If your child is limping, or exhibiting other signs of a sports injury, make sure to have this injury treated so it does not lead to any progression of the injury or further injury.

If you are ever unsure of whether to seek medical treatment for an illness or injury for you or your family, it is always best to err on the side of caution and consult a medical professional.

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