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What should I do if I find a tick on my baby?

What should I do if I find a tick on my baby?

Relax: After the normal reaction of being grossed out, it is important to remove it. Using tweezers as described is perfect. I also have heard that using soft soap on a cotton ball placed on the tick will get it to release. It is important to get it to release and not disconnect the head. At least call your physician about the tick. Then decide if the child needs to be seen. ...Read more

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What’s the best way to keep ticks away from the baby?

What’s the best way to keep ticks away from the baby?

Avoidance: The best protection is to wear appropriate clothing when outside in potentially tick infested areas. This includes long sleeve shirts and pants with pants covering socks. Daily, tick checks on your child will identify the tick before it can exchange its body fluids. Deet on the clothing will also be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I keep my baby safe from ticks when our dogs bring them in all the time?

How can I keep my baby safe from ticks when our dogs bring them in all the time?

Tick check: The simplest way is to check your dogs for ticks before you go into your house and expose your baby to your dogs. Otherwise, it's best to separate the dogs from your baby, to decrease the risk of tick exposure. ...Read more

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What should I do if I found a really big tick that’s burrowed into my baby’s skin?

What should I do if I found a really big tick that’s burrowed into my baby’s skin?

Remove it gently: First of all...Don't panic! ticks are common, and most bites are harmless, but you do want to remove them because they can spread disease. The easiest way to remove the tick is to take tweezers, grab the tick at the head or mouth (closest to the skin), and apply gentle pressure upwards (away from skin). Do not use a match or petrolatum, since this will cause the tick to burrow deeper. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think my baby has a tick bite?

What should I do if I think my baby has a tick bite?

Observe: Wash the area make sure no other ticks are on body watch for reddness inflammation or rash at site of the bite seek medical care if inflammation should develope. ...Read more

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A found a tick in my 5 month old baby what should i do?

A found a tick in my 5 month old baby what should i do?

Observe: It would be a good idea to take a picture of the tick and share it with your baby's pediatrician at the next visit coming up. Unless the baby is exhibiting any symptoms like fever, redness around the tick bite area, not eating or sleeping well, there should be no reason to be concerned. ...Read more

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Son is 4 during his bath to my shock found 5 baby ticks. I removed them but 2 of them are slightly red,used peroxide which foamed a lot on the bite ?

Son is 4 during his bath to my shock found 5 baby ticks. I removed them but 2 of them are slightly red,used peroxide  which foamed a lot on the bite ?

Tics: Good job Mom! that is what you are supposed to do, however make sure you removed all the parts of the tick and watch for a rash (in the next several days to few weeks) in the area. The rash would start as a red spot and then spread in a circular manner. You may look at what the rash (in case it does appear) would look like at the following link: (http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/images/rashes/cdc_em.jpg ...Read more

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I fear I may have been bitten by a tick, can this harm the baby?

I fear I may have been bitten by a tick, can this harm the baby?

Yes: See your doctor immediately for evaluation and possible treatment. Tick bites have very specific rash patterns. ...Read more

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Can you put baby oil in your hair or on your skin to prevent ticks?

Not your best option: I know lots of online "experts" (none of them physicians) say baby oil will repel ticks. It makes a bit of sense, in that the ticks might not be able to recognize your skin if it's coated in oil, and if you have nothing else on hand it's probably better than nothing. Permethrin lotion, however, is far more effective. Deet is not very effective against ticks, but great for mosquitos and such. ...Read more