Nathan Asher, M.D.
If you are looking for a way to create more family-time, camping may be the perfect adventure. By turning off the daily routines and plugging into nature, your family can explore a whole new world that surrounds them. Throw a line in the pond, chase after a butterfly, toast marshmallows over the camp fire—the things to do are endless. And best of all, you are creating family memories that will last a lifetime.
Family participation can start before your trip begins.
The excitement of exploring nature is a big part of the camping experience. Boys Town Pediatrics would like to recommend a few safety tips to help you enjoy a fun-filled family trip.
The joy of camping is that it can tie in something every family member enjoys; swimming, fishing, exploring, cooking and just relaxing in the midst of nature. And don’t worry if everything doesn’t go just as planned—that’s what creates the best family stories!
Poison ivy and poison oak are native to Nebraska. The plant contains an oil which irritates human skin. If you or your child comes in contact with poison ivy or poison oak, wash the area immediately with cold water to remove as much oil as possible. A rash or blistering may occur. Avoid scratching as much as possible. Corticosteroid skin creams may be used to help with inflammation and irritation. Your physician may prescribe an ointment or cream if the over-the-counter medications are not working. Contact your physician if the irritation is severe or if there is no improvement within a few days.