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Food Allergies & Summer Camp: How to Help Your Child

The school year is coming to a close and summer is quickly approaching. One of the best staples of summer is summer camp. Thousands of kids get to have a blast at camp, try new things, meet new people, and make life-long memories. If you have a child with food allergies, it’s important to take a few extra precautionary steps to ensure safety. Keep reading to discover helpful tips as you send your child to summer camp.

If your child has food allergies, the Langford Allergy doctors can help him find relief!

Before sending your child to summer camp, there are several steps you can take to make sure this is a fun, exciting experience:

  • Ask questions!
    • Does the camp have a plan in place if a child has an allergic reaction?
    • Are there medical professionals on staff?
    • How far away is the nearest hospital?
  • Choose a camp that has experience with kids suffering with food allergies.
  • Make sure all medicines are updated, including epinephrine injectors.
  • Talk to the camp director about your child’s food allergies.
  • Talk to your child about his food allergies. Make sure he knows how to use an epinephrine injector, if needed.
  • Write down all allergies your child has and give it to the camp, so they have it on file.

If you feel insecure about your child’s food allergy, the Langford Allergy doctors would be happy to talk to you about ways he can find relief. Many children and adults have found relief from their food allergies with immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots. This treatment option slowly alters the immune system, so it learns not to identify the food as an allergen. Whether you have questions about food allergies or immunotherapy, don’t hesitate to give us a call!