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Ticks and Lyme
It is tick season. Remember to wear insect repellent and do tick checks regularly. If you find a tick on your child, remove it promptly with tweezers or a credit card, clean the area well with alcohol, and apply a topical antibiotic. If you think the tick was attached to your child for more than 24 hours or are unsure how long it was attached for, call our office to see if your child needs preventive treatment.
Click here for more information on tick and Lyme Disease from the Vermont Department of Health.
Which Sunblock Should I Use?
Use a physical sunscreen - the active ingredients should be zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. We do not recommend spray sunscreens as these can be inhaled. Apply every two hours and more often if your child is in the water frequently. Avoid peak sun hours of 10 AM to 2 PM and wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses. Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that keeps a great list of safe suncreens for children. You can find this list here.
Can I Use Insect Repellent?
You can use insect repellent on infants older than 6 months. See the American Academy of Pediatrics' website for more information on which product to choose. You can find this information here.
What To Do for Bug Bites?
Mosquito bites and other insect bites can be a summer nuisance. If your child has an itchy bug bite, you can apply an over the counter 1% hydrocortisone to help the symptoms. If the bite continues to look red and swollen, call our office to see if your child should be seen.