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For those of you who live in areas with ticks that carry lyme disease, what is your routine for checking your child(ren)? Do you check after every outing, or every night at bedtime, or some other time? Do you look visually, or wash with a washcloth, or some other method? I'm trying to figure out how to be appropriately vigilant without being obsessive.

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It kinda depends on the age of the kids.

 

They like the hair line, so I usually run my fingers through the hair and look for them.

I ask the kids to look in their groin. Otherwise I just do a quick visual inspection in places they can't see. If they are too old for me to be checking some of the places they can't see I teach them to use a mirror to check themselves.

 

Right now my kids are at an age where I am teaching them to check themselves, then double checking.

 

We check during bath at bedtime.


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Thanks, Jolly. That sounds like a sane and thoughtful way to check. When your kids were toddlers, I assume you just checked them yourself? My son is just 19 months, so I don't think he would be able to participate in checking yet.

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My toddlers dislike clothes, so checking is just hair. When we find them, we usually find ticks in warm places, groin, armpits and at sock lines. Sometimes hair. I've been lucky, no deer ticks yet.

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Seraf: Thanks for responding! Do you have lyme around you? I thought it was more an east coast thing. Wait: why do your toddlers disliking clothes mean that you just have to check hair? Because you can just see them easily anywhere else? We haven't actually found any ticks on our little guy, but I'm worried about it. They can be so small! How can I check him carefully enough?

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We don't have as much Lyme disease as y'all but I've known at least one person to have it and have a lot of tick experience from living with pets and in heavily wooded areas. I'm not an obsessive checker, but any scratching gets checked out as do little specks against their perfect skin. The big kids have had many tick bites. The babies have been spared so far.

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/infectious_diseases/lyme/Pages/index.aspx

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We don't have as much Lyme disease as y'all but I've known at least one person to have it and have a lot of tick experience from living with pets and in heavily wooded areas. I'm not an obsessive checker, but any scratching gets checked out as do little specks against their perfect skin. The big kids have had many tick bites. The babies have been spared so far.

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/infectious_diseases/lyme/Pages/index.aspx

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That makes sense, Seraf. I wasn't too worried until I realized that they could be smaller than a poppy seed, then I started to wonder if I would really see them. But, like your guys, our son spends enough time naked or almost naked that hopefully we would see most things at some point. And we'll continue to check as well as we can I guess.

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I also noticed last night that my 19 month old's scalp is totally visible if I just blow in his hair.

Do you get many ticks on you? If he visits the same areas, and you never get them, he may still be fairly low risk.

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I've never found one on me, but I do think my son touches a lot more outside than I touch. But good point that it is possible that ticks aren't really all that common right now around here.

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