Sending your kids off to overnight camps during the summer gives you a bit of time to yourself while your kid goes off to make some of the best memories of his life with new friends. Unfortunately, new friends aren't the only thing your kid can come home with. Here, you'll find a short list of things to pick up before your kid comes home from overnight camp this summer.
Lice and Nit Removal Kit
Unfortunately, many kids seem to come home from camp with lice. It seems that one kid coming to camp with lice can cause the other 100 to go home with those little pests crawling around on their scalps.
Pick up a lice and nit removal kit and keep it ready. You want to be able to act as quickly as possible when your kid gets home—in fact, you may want to do check for lice before you even bring your kid into the house. Take a quick look on the porch, and if you see lice or nits, sit your kid down right there and begin treating them. If you allow them inside the house, there's a very good chance that the lice will find their way into your sofa, your bedding, and then into your own hair.
If the kit doesn't work, then contact a salon like Hair Butterfly's Lice and Nit Removal Salon. They should be able to do what the home kit couldn't.
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac
Many of the best overnight camps get the kids outdoors and away from the electronics that so many kids can't seem to live without. Unfortunately, that comes with the risk of being exposed to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.
Although these rashes are typically just uncomfortable, they can become infected if they aren't treated and if your kid continues to scratch the rash open. Pick up some poison treatment cream or soap.
Tip: Send a bar of poison ivy and oak soap to camp with your kid. If they've never been affected by poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac before, show them pictures of how bad the rash can get. Then explain to them that if they use this special soap after being in the woods or playing around in high weeds, they may be able to avoid getting the rash. This soap is specially formulated to remove the oils in those plants that would cause the rash.
These are two of the most common issues that affect kids after they come home from overnight camp. Hopefully, you won't need to use these tips, but knowing them beforehand will make the homecoming much less stressful for both of you.