Summer camp season is right around the corner! For the nearly six million children in the U.S. with food allergies, it is important that camps have established food allergy policies. We understand that it takes a little bit more prep and work to send your child off to camp when they have food allergies. Therefore, we are here to make your life easier and have provided some tips and information to help ensure that your cutie has a safe and fun camp experience.
· Consider enrolling your child at a camp that is designed specifically for children with food allergies. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) provides a thorough list of 2015’s “Food Allergy-Friendly Camps.”
· Notify the camp of your little one’s food allergies by filling out and providing them with FARE’s Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan.
· How to choose a camp
· Questions to ask the camp staff
· How to store epinephrine at camp
· Food allergy management at camp
· Educate your child on how to properly manage their food allergies at camp and ensure that they are aware of:
· Safe and unsafe foods
· Strategies for avoiding exposure to unsafe foods (i.e. NEVER trade food with other campers)
· Symptoms of allergic reactions (i.e. NOT to go off alone if symptoms are beginning);
· How and when to tell an adult about a possible allergic response
· How to read a food label (if your child is younger, plan with the camp how to handle this)
· How to use epinephrine
Feel free to share with us any other resources that you have used in prepping your little one with food allergies for summer camp!
Have a great summer!
-The Neocate Team