It’s Tick Time.

It’s Tick Time.

Ticks look like a small dark dot on the skin. They must be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit Lyme bacteria. What do you do if your child gets bitten by one of these annoying pests? Remove it immediately. Use pointed tweezers. Grasp the tick tightly and pull straight up until it lets go. Put it in a ziplock bag. Take a photo of it. Call the doctor. Prevention: Perform daily rigorous checks. Cover up with long sleeved shirts and tuck...

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How to remove a tick.

How to remove a tick.

Ticks and Lyme disease. New Jersey is a hot spot for Lyme disease. The ticks are found in wooded areas with lots of bushes and grasses. The disease is transmitted to humans from infected deer and mice ticks from about May to September. The tick is typically found in warm moist areas such as underarms, back of the knees. The tick must be attached to the human host for at least 36 to 48 hours to transmit disease. It attaches and feeds from the...

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National Poison Prevention week 2016.

National Poison Prevention week 2016.

John F. Kennedy who proclaimed National Poison Prevention Week in early 1962, together with his son, John F. Kennedy Jr. National Poison Prevention Week is particularly concerned with preventing the poisoning of children, who are the major victims of poisoning. According to the CPSC an estimated 85,000 children younger than 5 are unintentionally poisoned each year in the U.S. Poisoning can happen when a child swallows medications, liquid...

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First aid for animal bites in children.

First aid for animal bites in children.

An animal bite can become infected due to bacteria in the animals mouth. It is very important to make sure your childs’ tetanus is up to date. Most animal bites are from dogs and cats. If your child is bitten by a wild animal it is important to report it to animal control. The animal may need to be captured and tested for rabies. Raccoons, foxes and bats carry and can transmit rabies. What should you do for an animal bite? Apply pressure...

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Frostnip.

Frostnip.

It’s the time of year for outdoor fun. While playing outdoors in winter can be healthy and packed with fun for your child you need to be aware of some dangers. Children are at a greater risk of experiencing frostnip and frostbite because they lose heat from their skin more rapidly and they tend stay outside longer because they’re having so much fun. Frostnip also known as (Chillblains) is a milder form of frostbite. It is sometimes...

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