This post was sponsored by Floating Hospital for Children as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Experts are forecasting record numbers of ticks this season in New England, and I’m not surprised. My son found a tick on his neck after spending about 10 minutes outside in March (one day before we got a big snow storm). So I’ve definitely made it my mission to try to prevent any ticks from biting my kids this year, especially in the summer, when they spend so much time outside. While there’s no guarantee that you can completely prevent them, there are definitely some steps you can take to minimize the risk. When my kids to spend any amount of time outside, we make sure we check them every night for ticks. It can be difficult – especially with my daughter’s long dark hair. But we try our best. It’s definitely better to take a few minutes each night to search than to deal with the potential consequences later.
Lynne Karlson, MD, who is the Chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, offered us the following tips for preventing tick bites. She also offered tips of what to do if your child does happen to get a tick bite.
According to Dr. Karlson, the following should be done to help prevent a tick bite:
- Use insect repellent containing DEET.
- Wear long pants and socks, and tuck your pants into the socks.
- Don’t wear sandals in the woods
- Check your children every night for ticks.
If you do find a tick on yourself or your child:
- Wear gloves and pull the tick straight out, and the wash the bite with soap and water.
- If you live in a wooded area (where you are more likely to encounter ticks), purchase tick tweezers to help remove the body of the tick. (I’d recommend bringing these on vacation if you travel to a wooded area).
Dr. Karson works at the The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, which offers pediatric inpatient and outpatient services in downtown Boston (although they have partnerships throughout the community). Services at the Floating Hospital are offered in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty, including general pediatrics as well as more complex illnesses and acute traumas. As a smaller hospital, they are able to offer a more intimate environment, which can definitely make patients and their families feel more comfortable when they need support the most. As a local mom, I love the fact that this hospital is available in the city, and has such great resources for families.
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