With all of the first aid information in the various Cub Scout and Boy Scout handbooks, I never come across much information about the one problem we see most frequently at summer camp. I am, of course, talking about chafing.
Here in the hot, humid Midwest, most leaders know that when they see a boy walking around camp with a funny gait, that a chafing problem has developed. Many young men are uncomfortable discussing the problem with a leader, so I always recommend that parents discuss prevention and treatment with their sons before they go to camp.
Prevention and Treatment of Chafing
Clothes which don’t fit correctly rub against your skin.
Dampness due to sweating or damp clothing exacerbates the problem.
Don’t spend the entire day in a damp swimsuit.
Change to dry clothes when the aquatics activities are over.
Wear some properly fitted boxer briefs.
Apply cornstarch or baby powder to the affected areas.
There are also commercial products which come in a stick form which can be applied.
A thin layer of petroleum jelly applied to the effected area can also help.