Regular hand washing and proper hygiene are essential to avoiding common summer-camp health issues such as lice, pinworm and bathing-suit dermatitis, according to a former summer camp physician. Dr. Alfred Scott Lea, now a professor of infectious disease at UTMB, said making sure cuts and abrasions are clean is particularly important around lakes and rivers, where bacteria can cause potentially dangerous wound infections. “Some of what kids encounter at camp and that parents must endure — from colds and viruses to broken bones — is often just part of being a kid,” Lea said. This HealthDay News article appears in almost every major U.S. outlet.