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Tips to keep kids safe at summer camp

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For most children in the metro, school is out and summer camps are just beginning.  That also means a high chance they could get hurt. For most children in the metro, school is out and summer camps are just beginning. That also means a high chance they could get hurt.
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

For most children in the metro, school is out and summer camps are just beginning.

That also means there's a high chance they could get hurt.

Parents can't keep their child 100 percent injury free without them missing the fun of summer time, but they can minimize the risks.

Experts say parents can do that by following five things.

First, involve them in the camp choice. Find a camp that best fits the child's interests.

For example, if they are not a swimmer, don't book a camp that involves a lot of water activities.

Second, get a camp physical. Take them to a doctor before camp. Many camps require this for the health of other campers.

Another tip experts recommend is to inform the camp about any food or environmental allergies so they are ready if an emergency occurs.

Plus, don't forget sun block and bug spray. Bug and tick bites are portals for infection.

The fifth tip is don't pack flip flops. Foot injuries, like twisted ankles, blisters and cuts, are the most reported injury at summer camps.

"We want definitely to have the children to have sturdy shoes, so that when they're running and playing, they don't have to worry about tripping on their shoe. We want to protect their foot as much as possible and their ankles," nurse practitioner Valerie Jenek said.

For those that do get hurt at camp, watch out for any signs of swelling, deformity, bruising and nausea. Those signs require a visit to the doctor for a checkup.

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