What to do if Your Child is Bitten by a Tick

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Children usually enjoy playing with friends in any open area where they can run, squeal in delight and be free. Fields and bushes are perfect.  They build hideouts in the countryside and roam the wilderness. Every now and again, it happens while kids are playing, they’re bitten by ticks. What should you do if it’s your child who’s bitten? You should first keep calm and if child is panicking try to calm your daughter, or son, and keep them from scratching the tick.

Getting the tick out: a good magnifying glass helps find ticks easier. You need to get rid of it without crushing the bloodsucker further into the skin or fingers. Please do not remove the tick with your fingers. You risk unintentionally pushing the tick’s blood into the wound. Use a suitable tool to remove ticks such as a tick hook. With such a tool, the removal of the parasite succeeds quickly, reliably and, above all, it’s painless. If you don’t have a tick hook at home, you can try using a pair of tweezers.

Since ticks often strike anytime even during walks, you are well advised to have an appropriate tool for tick removal on every trip. A nice little trick is that a tick hook can be easily attached to a keychain.

What you shouldn’t do under any circumstances: Maybe you know some “home remedies” for removing ticks. They range from glue, oil or nail polish remover. Do not do that! Using these methods kills the tick on the inside and it ends up vomiting its intestinal contents into the sting site hence promoting transmission of pathogens. I know– gross, right?

What consequences can tick bites have on children?: Do not wait too long to remove the tick. After only a few hours, Lyme’s disease pathogens of an infected tick can enter the wound and the bloodstream of your child. The Borreliosis Rapid Test allows you to test the removed tick for certainty. If the test is positive, please seek medical attention immediately. If the tick has fallen off and disappeared or the test is not feasible for other reasons, please look for symptoms of Lyme’s disease or TBE infection in the near future.

If the tick is infected with the TBE (Tick-borne Encephalitis) virus, your baby may experience flu-like symptoms. In bad cases, there is a risk that the viruses attack the central nervous system. The consequences can even lead to dangerous encephalitis. To avoid these severe reactions consult a doctor if you feel uncertain about anything regarding your child’s tick bite.

 

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