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Doctor insights on: Camp Trails Backpack

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Is camping safe anymore? So many horror stories

Is camping safe anymore? So many horror stories

Camping: Camping is a wonderful activity for the whole family. The "horror stories" that you mention are blown way out of proportion because they get so much news coverage, but they are actually quite rare (no one reports the safe, uneventful camping trips). Safe camping requires that you do some homework. Know the natural hazards (waterfalls, caves, natural predators (bears, etc.) and know poison plants. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wash face while camping?

What is the best way to wash face while camping?

Wipes: You can bring pre-moistened towelettes that are made for that purpose (or just bring kiddie wipes) if there is not a clean water source near by. ...Read more

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Must I send my child to camp with other gifted kids?

Must I send my child to camp with other gifted kids?

No: There is no reason you must do that. However, if your child would like to attend, and you can afford to do so, then it maybe a good idea. However, if you are sending your child, just to send them, then i would not do so. ...Read more

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Does it help to send a child to fat camp for his fatness?

Maybe or maybe not: You know, it won't help at all as my expertise says so. ...Read more

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What must I consider when choosing a science camp for my child?

See below:: What is the camp's philosophy-curriculum and developmental apporoach to the subject. What is the facilitiies/locale, personnel and format of the camp? Testimonials from others who participated? Cost for room and board? Eligiblility criteria? Age groups/coed? ...Read more

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Would camping out in the wilderness every once in a while be a good thing to do?

Why not?: Do you like the wilderness? Do you like the outdoors? Are you prepared to "rough it"? Do you like camping? Are you afraid of wild animals? Do you have the right equipment? These are questions you should ask yourself before you go camping. ...Read more

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I fell on a rock at my uncle's camp yesterday and have a big black and blue. How long do they take to heal?

I fell on a rock at my uncle's camp yesterday and have a big black and blue. How long do they take to heal?

Hematoma: You probably have a hematoma (collection of blood under the skin) caused by the trauma. It will gradually dissipate over 2-3 weeks depending on the size of the injury. ...Read more

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I drive a tractor trailer for a living, bounce around a lot vechiles are very heavy and ride rough, can 24 years of this damage the body/organs?

I drive a tractor trailer for a living, bounce around a lot vechiles are very heavy and ride rough, can 24 years of this damage the body/organs?

Maybe.: There hasn't been very clear research into the effects of vibration. But any kind of repetitive movement, applying acceleration/deceleration forces on the body (not to mention lots of sitting!) might be less-than-ideally healthy. If you can, try to pad your seat, eat a healthy diet, take frequent brakes, and exercise. ...Read more