With kids spending so much time outdoors during the summer months, it’s important to teach them about the danger of ticks. Often difficult to identify, ticks come in a variety of sizes (some as small as a speck of dirt) and can be found in all different types of terrain. Because they can carry a number of diseases, your child should be educated on how to protect themselves from ticks.
Wear insect-repellent clothing
If your child is planning to spend time in an area full of leaves, bushes and trees, where ticks often live, insect-repellent clothing may be a good option. This type of clothing has been treated with a specific process that binds a repellent to the fibers of the fabric and can protect against ticks, mosquitoes, ants, flies and chiggers.
Cover your feet
Because ticks often live near to the ground, it’s important your child protects his or her feet when outdoors. According to studies, those who wore footwear that had been sprayed with repellent were 74 times as protected as those who did not spray their shoes.
Check yourself regularly
When outdoors, your child should check themselves regularly for ticks. At the end of the day, make sure your child showers and also checks thoroughly for unexpected bumps which may be an embedded tick. It’s also a good idea to run all your child’s clothing through a hot dryer for 10-15 minutes at the end of the day as the heat will kill off any live ticks that may be on the clothes.
If your child does find a tick, it does not immediately mean he or she will experience a tick-borne illness. However, you should continually be watching for symptoms that may arise, such as a rash, fever, headache, joint pain or dizziness. If your child is suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.