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What Should I Do When A Tick Bites 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local wound care: Local wound care usually involves washing with a gentle soap and water twice daily, applying antibiotic ointment and monitoring for signs of infection. Increased redness, swelling and pain, especially when combined with the appearance of pus indicates an infection which should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go see your MD: When ever you get a tick bite and question what type it is..Try and actually bring the tick to your doctor. Lyme disease is caused by a very small deer tick compared to the much much larger dog ticks. You should have titres drawn by your primary care just in case. Lyme disease is now prevalent in many areas of the us including the la region where you live. ...Read more
Leave it alone ...: Leave it alone like you would do after a bite on the leg or other parts of body; our body will take care of itself. However, if having unusual fast severe local or systemic reactions, seek professional care timely. If local epidemic mosquito-related diseases are concerned, a period of close watch is advised. So, there is no perfect set rule to follow. ...Read more
See his doctor: Any insect bite causes a tiny break in the skin, allowing bacteria to get in and cause a local skin infection. One such sore in an older child without fever may respond to topical antibiotic ointment, but a baby with a potential skin infection should be seen to make sure it is not more serious. Sores resembling spider bites may suggest mrsa, a bacteria that needs special antibiotic treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Do you know what: Type of spider bite it was? Are you having symptoms? Swelling? Redness? Purulent drainage? When was your last tetanus shot? I don't recommend that you "pop" it. Would err on the side of caution and have this medically evaluated. The medical team can provide wound care and tetanus shot if needed. ...Read more
Snake bite: I don't know which snake bit you. Hopefully, not a poisonous one. You should wash your wound with lots of tap water (lukewarm). Don't scrub, scrape or rub the wound. Put an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage. I am not aware of the fact that snake bites are particularly dangerous unlike a venom was shed, so you may observe yourself or choose to go to the doc if you feel worried. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stop the session: It is most effective to immediately stop the feeding session. Do not purposefully yell or scream as this will just scare baby. After a few minutes start nursing again. Babies often bite when they are bored, full or teething. Watch your baby carefully during nursing and if they stop actively sucking take them off the breast. If your baby is teething allow them to chew on washcloths. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a question for you. If I got a rash on my skin or little bumps and it itches what should I do because I think it's a mosquito bite and I don't ?
Depends: On type of bug, if vision is affected, if not resolving on it's own, if it's warm, tender, puffy with fluid, ulcerated areas then should be examined since may need treatment with antibiotics, steroids etc. A minor mosquito-like small bite can resolve on its own, use lotions, etc. ...Read more
What to do if i got a tick bite about a week ago and I have this pimple right on my face, normal?
Tick & pimple?: If this pimple is not at the site from which the tick was removed it is unlikely that the two are related. ...Read more
Did not bite: When a tick bites you it does not let go, it stays attached and does not let go. The fact it was crawling around on your skin it had not bit you. ...Read more
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