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Managing food allergies and summer camp

School will be out in a few short weeks and that means one thing: managing food allergies at Summer Camp! You might be hesitant to send your child with food allergies to Summer Camp and that is understandable. There are lots of new people who may or may not know your child and a few […]

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School will be out in a few short weeks and that means one thing: managing food allergies at Summer Camp!

You might be hesitant to send your child with food allergies to Summer Camp and that is understandable. There are lots of new people who may or may not know your child and a few meals and snacks to navigate. And chances are, your child is probably too young to self-carry or self-administer epinephrine in case of ingestion of his or her allergen.

So what to do? Our experts at Midwest Allergy have compiled a list – using resources from Food Allergy Research & Education or FARE to help you in managing food allergies at summer camp!

Read on:

Find an allergy-friendly camp

This is easier than ever! Check out this list of allergy-friendly camps in Ohio. Once you find a camp you like, interview the director about health care staff and food allergy preparedness. It’s also a good idea to see how far the camp is from a medical facility or hospital.

Make a plan for managing food allergies

Your camper will need an emergency plan so staff will know how to keep him or her safe. You can find FARE’s guidelines here. Talking about your child’s allergy with the director and other staff will help them understand the issue. Schedule a meeting with staff a few days before camp is to begin to go over the plan.

Talk to your food-allergic child

You probably already do this on a regular basis, but talking about managing his or her allergy before camp begins is a must. Make sure your food-allergic child understands the signs and symptoms of a reaction, his or her allergens, how to avoid contact with those allergens (no sharing of food or drinks!) and to tell an adult if they are having a reaction.

Midwest Allergy

Managing food allergies can seem like a full-time job, but it’s doable. If you need help or have questions, call us or visit our website for more information.

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