Kids Health – Get Ready for Camp: Good Hygiene

 

Summer camp can be a child’s first long stretch away from home– and many times, their first taste of independence. Of course, camp counselors and staff do a great job ensuring a safe, clean environment for kids. But when a child is trying to pack as much fun into each day as possible, the first thing to suffer can be personal hygiene. When preparing your child for summer camp, how can you stress cleanliness to your kids– while understanding that they want to spend their time enjoying all the camps have to offer?

Before camp starts, try to focus on teaching your child how to take short, efficient showers. Hot water can be limited, so children usually cut corners to get out of the shower sooner. It is still important to bathe every part of the body each day if possible. Teaching your child to multi-task– letting water rinse shampoo off while washing your face, etc.– might alleviate some stress at camp.

Skin infections are one common medical problem that arise from poor hygiene. Good scrubbing in the shower will hopefully prevent skin infections, but oftentimes these occur after itchy bug bites are scratched and leave the skin open for bacteria to come inside. So make sure you pack plenty of bug spray to try and prevent bug bites from occurring, and make sure your child checks regularly for any new bug bites and to see if they are getting larger, more red, more painful, or if they are draining discolored liquid.

It is so important to stress daily (twice a day if you are really lucky) teeth brushing. It is so common for kids to cut corners on teeth brushing while away, and the mouth is full of bacteria that love to get under the teeth and in the gums. Tell your child to let an adult know if her mouth or tooth is starting to hurt, because sometimes these infections begin and worsen within 24 hours. Sometimes, if the infection enlarges too much in the gums, it can require surgical drainage. So keep the mouth healthy by practicing, and stressing, 2-minute good teeth brushing twice a day at home and not cutting those corners while she is away at camp.

Good preparation at home now, months in advance, will help your child when they gain some independence away from home. It is also good to make sure you are preparing your child for a fun, healthy time away in what you pack in their bag. Deodorant, face wash, hand sanitizer, fluoride toothpaste, bug spray, sunscreen, and floss should all be added in addition to your soap and shampoo. Hopefully this will lead to a stress-free, fun-filled time at camp, and you will have a healthy, happy child returned to you at the end!

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Adair M.D.

Jennifer Adair, M.D., was born and raised in Mobile. She graduated from Davidson High School in 2002 and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at The University of Alabama in 2006. She completed her medical training at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and pediatric residency at the University of Nevada College of Medicine – Las Vegas and the University of South Alabama. She joined Children’s Medical Group in July 2013 and currently practices at their Airport office. Jennifer and her husband, Cory, reside in Mobile with their dogs, Fitz and Barkley.

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