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Tick Bites

It is not uncommon to find a tick on a child. While most tick bites are harmless and do not require medical treatment, some ticks do carry harmful germs. Did you know the deer tick or western black–legged tick carries Lyme disease? These ticks are harder to detect than dog ticks because they are much smaller.
What to do:
  1. If the tick is still attached to the child's skin remove it by using fine–tipped tweezers, grasp the head of the tick close to the skin.
  2. Firmly and steadily pull the tick straight out of the skin. Do not twist the tick or rock it from the side to side while removing it.
  3. Put the tick in alcohol to kill it.
  4. Wash your hands and the site of the bite with soap and water.
  5. Swab the bite with alcohol.
  6. Call the doctor if a rash of any kind develops; the area looks infected are if the person develops fever, headache, fatigue, chills muscle or joint aches.

Think Prevention!!!

When in wooded areas should wear long–sleeved shirts , pants and spray insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Check your skin - especially the scalp, behind the ears, the neck under the arms and the groin area.


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