Childhood memories of those adventurous days at summer camp are still some of the best times many of us have about growing up. However, some kids may be excluded from that enlivening childhood experience because they have food allergies. Very often, parents avoid events such as summer camp just as they warn their food-allergic child to avoid the problem food. But, things are looking up, thanks to the awareness efforts of parents, doctors, organizations, schools and yes – summer camp organizers.
For the nearly 6 million children in the U.S. with food allergies, it’s not only important, but critical that summer camps have established food allergy policies. Throughout the country, there are more than 12,000 day and summer camps that provide a wonderful experience for enrichment, socialization and downright good fun.
Make sure that your camp has a written food allergy policy in place that ensures staff members are trained to care for children who might experience food allergy reactions while at camp. Having epinephrine readily available as well as staff members who know how to administer it is crucial.
Here are some important questions to get answered by the summer camp you select.......click HERE to read the entire article on Dallas Food Allergy Center's blog.