Spring, summer and fall are prime time for tick bites. While most bites are harmless it is important to be vigilant and to do nightly tick checks on your children. While tick borne illnesses such as Lyme disease are not a big problem with ticks found in the five boroughs, since many families travel outside of the city on the weekends or for summer vacation it is important to know some basics.
- Ticks live in grassy, bushy or wooded areas but can come inside on pets or even live in backyards.
- After coming in from spending time outdoors check yourself, your kids and your pets for ticks.
- Ticks especially like dark, hidden places so make sure to check on the scalp, the back of the neck, in and around the ears, the belly button, underarms, back of the knees, around the hips/waist and in the genital area.
- If you find a tick and believe that it has been attached for more than 24 hours please call our office for more guidance.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, rash, headache, malaise and muscle or joint pain. If your child has a history of tick bite and then develops any of these symptoms please call and make an appointment for them to be seen.