Finding an effective and convenient method of protecting kids from ticks (and mosquitoes) is an annual challenge for parents. With insect-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease on the rise throughout the country, parents need to be vigilant.
Lyme disease has now become one of
the fastest growing epidemics to date. The CDC estimates the number of
cases in the US to be about 300,000 cases a year.
Here are some
tick protection tips and youth tick repellent clothing solutions to help
keep kids bite-free in the coming months.
Remove Ticks Safely
safely remove attached ticks, first disinfect the area with an alcohol
swab. Next, using a pointy tweezer, grab the tick "head" as close to the
skin as possible and simply pull straight out. Remember to disinfect
the bite site again after pulling the tick out.
Encourage Daily Tick Checks
best time to do a full body tick check is right after ending outdoor
activity. A more convenient time would be as you prepare to shower or
bathe before going to bed. Prompt removal of most species of ticks can
prevent transmission of tick-borne pathogens. It takes more than 24-36
hrs of attachment for nymphal deer ticks to transmit Lyme disease
bacteria, and even longer to transmit Babesia parasites.
Identify and Avoid Tick Habitats
wooded and weedy edges are favorite spots for ticks to hang out.
Avoiding tick habitats can be difficult but there are plenty of ways -
such as always walking in the middle of maintained trails - to limit
Wear Tick Repellent Clothes
Tick Repellent Apparel converts clothing and gear into effective and
convenient insect protection. The repellency is long-lasting and
appropriate for use by the entire family with no restrictions for use.
Where to Buy:
BUG SMARTIES LITTLE KIDS COLLECTION (From One Step Ahead)
assortment consists of lightweight, performance-based options that are
great for active, outside play – think camp, BBQs, sports, picnics and
more. The collection includes boys and girls matching Performance Pants,
Shirts, Hoodies and Headbands. (Size range: 2T - 7/8)
INSECT SHIELD YOUTH BASICS
collection of basics that work great for a variety of summer outdoor
activities and camping adventures including socks, shorts, tee's, hats,
khaki's and jeans. (Size range: 7/8 - 16)
• Repellency is in the clothing – not on your skin
• Repellency lasts through 70 launderings
• No restrictions for use
• Appropriate for the entire family
• No need to re-apply
Repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chigger and midges including
those that can cause Lyme disease, malaria and other dangerous