Children's Hospital Plans Series of Safety Camps for Kids
Columbia, MO - A series of safety-themed summer camps presented by the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital is designed to prevent childhood injuries that typically increase during the summer.
Safe Kids Camp Amazing is scheduled to run for three hours once a week between June 17 and July 30. The camps are for children ages 3 to 8, with each session covering a different topic. The sessions will be held in the conference center at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 404 N. Keene St.
A session on home safety, called “Heroes in the Home,” will run from 1 to 4 p.m. July 1 and will include superheroes and a princess, said Sheila Robertson, injury prevention and safety outreach coordinator at MU Children’s Hospital. “Each session has a fun theme,” Robertson said. “Kids learn best when they’re having fun.” She said if weather permits, each session also will include outdoor physical activities. Attendees will also receive a snack during each session.
Other camp sessions are Luau, a water safety program from 3 to 6 p.m. June 17; a bike safety session from 9 a.m. to noon June 23; Game On, covering sports safety from 1 to 4 p.m. July 7; a child passenger safety session from 9 a.m. to noon July 16; outside and farm safety from 9 a.m. to noon July 20; and a pedestrian safety program, Walk the Plank, from 1 to 4 p.m. July 30.
Tom Selva, a pediatrician at MU Children’s Hospital, said he often sees injuries among children increase during the summer. “One of the big things is sunburn,” Selva said. He said it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30. He said sunscreen should be applied 15 to 20 minutes before children go outside and parents should reapply sunscreen every few hours, especially if a child is in water. Sunburns cause immediate pain, but they also can have long-term repercussions such as skin cancer, he said. Continue>
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