Schools Out! Don’t Let Allergies Disrupt Your Family’s Summer Fun.

It’s hard to believe that school is almost out and summer camp time is here. We all know sending your food allergic child and siblings to a summer camp can be anxiety inducing. Food allergic campers need a safe, allergy aware environment during the summer months where they, too, can frolic with their peers in a relaxed way. Food allergies in children is an emerging epidemic and researchers estimate this potentially life-threatening disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. Even trace amounts of an allergen can cause a severe reaction with dire consequences. Fortunately, more U.S. camps than ever are accommodating our kids with milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanut and tree-nut allergies. Furthermore, many of these camps also consider gluten sensitivity, lactose intolerance, and other dietary concerns. Communication is key and there are a few camps in California that offer a proactive approach to food allergies combined with all the fun young people expect in the summertime.

*Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang) was created by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team and is a one-week day camp for kids with food allergies and siblings, age 4-12. Big Bear City, CA from June 15-19. To ensure the safety of campers, several of the “Big 8″ allergens are prohibited: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

*Youth Empowered Action Camp-Santa Cruz, CA
July 12-19. YEA Camp California will be held at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz Mountains, less than 2 hours from San Francisco. You can let them know of any allergies or special dietary needs when you register. They are used to accommodating gluten-free, nut-free, and other allergies when notified in advance.

*SuperChicks Camp Idyllwild, CA- for teenagers, a peanut free and tree nut free Teen Confidence and Empowerment sleepover camp. Super Chicks Melissa Pangkey & Maria Mara believe in team building activities to inspire and encourage girls age 11 -16. The camp is located in scenic Idyllwild, CA and is a four-day adventure from August 6-9. To ensure the safety of campers, the entire campsite will be nut free.

Despite being in a nut/food allergy free environment, it is still important to make sure your child has their EpiPen or Auvi-Q available in the event of an anaphylactic emergency. Keep in mind that these areas can be remote. Make sure to also have specific written instructions as well as “action plans” so that there is a clear under-standing on how allergic reactions should be handled.

If your child will be traveling by air, make sure they have their Epi-Pen or Auvi-Q with them and a letter from the prescribing physician for carrying self-injectable epinephrine aboard commercial airplanes. If you have any questions about how to manage your child’s food allergies or if you are not sure what steps you should be taking to keep allergies from disrupting your child’s summer camp plans, please give us a call to set up an appointment. We are here to help keep you and your family healthy and allergy free, all summer long.

*Please note that The Allergy & Asthma Clinic does not endorse, promote, or benefit from listing these camps. This information is provided only as a resource to our food allergy patients.

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