Health officials stress the importance of summer camp safety, keep kids safe

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Sweet, sweet summertime is here which means your child may be headed to summer camp, but officials are warning of the potential dangers summer camps may bring.

The good news is sending your child to summer shouldn’t increase their chances of getting sick as long as you take the necessary steps before hand.

“With the summer camps, it’s really great for them to be able to play,” said Sarah Beth Dinwiddie, a trauma nurse specialist at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say that we see more sickness or illness when it comes to summer camps there are some things to be cautious about.”

Dinwiddie says the biggest thing to be on the lookout for is heat exhaustion, especially when it comes to sports camps.

“Football and concussions we see a lot of concussions out of football, and a lot of times kids are afraid to say something that maybe they have a headache or are dizzy because they’re afraid of being sat on the bench,” said Dinwiddie.

“Encourage them to speak up.”

Some camps have a vaccine policy in place so Dinwiddie recommends speaking with your family doctor about the best vaccine policy for your family.

If your child is headed out to the water, make sure your child is familiar with the area before hopping in.

“Knowing where you’re going to swim is huge,” said Dinwiddie.

“Being familiar with the creek, the river, or lake whatever it may be, and the hazards that may be in that area.”

Children under the age of 14 are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

For more tips, check out the CDC website here.

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