A few mornings ago, I went into our 5 year-old’s room to wake her as usual.
And what did I spy on her tiny little arm??
DEER TICK!!!! TTTIIIIICCCCKKKKKYYYYYYY!!!! (insert panic here-yes, I am spazy like that)
No &&%%$$@!!!! tick shall bite MY baby!
THEN, I did a true Epic Parent Fail maneuver and grabbed the damn thing with my fingernails…and yanked. Gross. Bad choice 🙁
This is what I should have done. Taken from http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/deerticks.html
If you find a tick on your body, remove it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE; ticks must be attached for 24 hours for the bacteria to be transmitted. To remove feeding ticks, use tweezers ONLY; do NOT use nail polish, Vaseline, matches or other methods that may traumatize the tick and cause it to regurgitate its gut contents. Grasp the tick with tweezers around its head, close to the skin and pull it up slowly and firmly. Disinfect the bite afterwards with antiseptic.
Avoid ticks outdoors by avoiding walking through tall grass and shrubby areas. Wear slacks tucked into socks and light colored clothing to make it easier to detect ticks. Stay close to the center of hiking trails to avoid brushing against vegetation. Check companions and children frequently for ticks. Apply repellents such as DEET to shoes, socks and pants. Keep grass mowed around buildings and in home lawns and along paths. Remove brush adjacent to trails and public areas which might serve as animal resting sites.
The risk of being bitten by a deer tick infected with Lyme disease is greatest in the summer months of June and July when the nymph stage is active. This is the time of year when people (and notably children) are most active outdoors. Make a habit of thoroughly checking yourself and others for the tiny nymph following outdoor activities. The risk is also high in the fall, when adults are active. However, the adults are easier to see and remove than the nymphs. If you live in or have visited an area with a high incidence of ticks, it is important to know the symptoms of Lyme disease:
* Flu-like symptoms
* Spreading “bull’s-eye” rash from the tick bite
* Swelling and pain in the joints
OK..so, your take-away should be don’t fricken panic. Not every tick is disease carrying, and the sooner you get it off the better. You’re not in the clear either just because “the kids took a bath last night.” Sara had taken a bath, I had checked her head-to-toe before she went to bed, and she still woke up with one. Effin things.
DON’T FORGET!! Tonight is the premier of the Lyme Awareness Documentary on Lakeland Public TV called “Under Our Skin”. 7:30 p.m. A “must watch” show!
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Sorry. Couldn’t help myself 🙁