Enjoy the outdoors while practicing safety from Lyme disease!
How do I protect my child from tick-borne disease?
- The first step is knowing that ticks can be found in cities and in the country. Ticks are carried by migratory birds and mammals. They travel on people and pets too.
- Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed (and go unnoticed), thus increasing the need for prevention.
- Next comes the use of insect repellent. There are many repellents that are safe for your child. Please read the label carefully to ensure the repellent specifically says that it “repels ticks” as well as the usual insects like mosquitoes. Do some research into various repellent options to make an informed decision about what works for your family.
- Regular tick checks after enjoying the outdoors. Check the hair, armpits, and all cracks and crevices of the body. Having a bath or shower can be beneficial for checking/washing off unattached ticks. I a bite occurs, follow Safe Removal Instructions
- Know the Signs & Symptoms of Lyme disease to have in the back of your mind – just in case! Being informed of other tick-borne disease is also important.
- Prompt medical treatment with antibiotics for an appropriate amount of time is the treatment used for Lyme disease.
Teaching kids about tick-bite prevention now can lead them into a healthy future. Please see this section for downloadable activities for children.
If a child you love has Lyme, consider connecting with other families at one of LDAA’s Support Groups.