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Summer Camp Health Tips for Parents
How to keep water sports from causing skin infections and other expert advice
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, June 8 (HealthDay News) -- Regular hand washing and proper hygiene are essential to avoiding common summer-camp health issues such as lice, pinworm and bathing-suit dermatitis, according to a former summer camp physician.
Dr. Alfred Scott Lea, now a professor of infectious disease at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said making sure cuts and abrasions are clean is particularly important around lakes and rivers, where bacteria can cause potentially dangerous wound infections.
"Some of what kids encounter at camp and that parents must endure -- from colds and viruses to broken bones -- is often just part of being a kid," Lea said in a university news release. "But parents can take steps to help make their child's summer as healthy and painless as possible. A little prep work, such as packing the right essentials and communicating with the camp nurse, can go a long way toward avoiding the most common problems."
Lea suggested other ways to prepare children for potential health hazards, including:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more camping health and safety tips.