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Summer Camps For Kids With Food Allergies - What Parents Should Know To Ensure Their Children's Safety

As the end of the school year approaches, many parents are looking into summer programs and camps for their children to attend this summer.  Day camps, sports camps or overnight camps are fun for kids, but for kids with food allergies, there may be a risk of an accidental exposure to a food allergen.  If kids with food allergies are exposed to food allergens, such as peanuts or tree nuts, they can suffer serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal.

Parents looking into camps must do their research and find as much information they need from the camps to make sure that there are medications and procedures in place in the event of an accidental food allergen exposure.

Related: Schools And Restaurants Need To Address Mistaken Food Allergen Ingestion For Students And Customers With Food Allergies

Parents should inquire about the camp’s procedure and policy regarding kids with food allergies, specifically, what are the procedures during meal or snack time?  Parents should know the following:

  • Does the camp ban the specific food allergen your child is allergic to, like peanuts?
  • What is the camp’s policy during lunch time? Are there separate tables for kids with food allergies?
  • If food is provided at the camp, what does the camp do to ensure that the food does not include a food allergen?
  • If food is cooked at the camp, are there any procedures in place to prevent cross-contamination of the food?
  • If there is an outside food company that will be providing food, what are its procedures to prevent food allergens from being in the food?

Related: Food Allergy Lawsuits - Cross-Contamination

In the event a child is exposed to a food allergen, what are the camp’s procedures to make sure the child will receive the proper medical treatment?  Parents should ask the following:

  • Who is the primary healthcare person and what are their credentials?
  • Who is responsible for their duties in this person’s absence?
  • How does the camp communicate and monitor food allergy information?
  • How far is the camp from a medical treatment center?
  • Are there Epi-pens at the camp? Where are they kept?

All of the above inquiries are crucial for a child with a food allergy because it may be a matter of life or death.  Parents want to make sure in the worst case scenario, i.e., when their child suffers anaphylactic shock, the camp will know what to do to prevent a life-threatening situation.

Food Allergy Claims & Lawsuits

Unfortunately, kids who are allergic to a certain type of food may be exposed to it due to someone’s negligence.  For example, if the cook at the camp didn’t bother rinsing a spatula that was used to scoop out peanut butter and used the same spatula to make a meal for a child with a peanut allergy, the child may have an allergic reaction after eating the meal.  If the camp had a policy about using different utensils for different types of foods to prevent cross-contamination, the cook and the school will probably be liable for the injuries suffered by the child.

If you have questions about an accidental exposure to a food allergen that caused your child to have a serious allergic reaction, call the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP. Daniel J. O’Brien, a seasoned injury lawyer will talk to you and discuss your legal options.  877.944.8396

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