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Keep Kids Safe from Mosquitos and Ticks in 2020

Protect your family against Lyme disease and other harmful effects of insect bites! In this post, our pediatricians explore kid-safe tick and mosquito repellents as well as other techniques for keeping pests at bay.

Families in quarantine are trying to stay active outside and heading to trails to do so. With the weather warming, it’s important to remember that ticks are active even at 40-50 degrees! Whether taking advantage of the nearby Schuykill river and Wissahickon trails or venturing farther away, here are some tips for tick safety.

Engaging with nature and being active are important ways to nurture our children’s minds and bodies! However, we’re not the only ones increasing our outdoor activity during these months: unfortunately, tick and mosquito activity rises as well. While most may be familiar with the risk of Lyme disease from deer tick (black-legged tick) bites in our region, many are unaware of other infections that may be transmitted by ticks and mosquitos, whether locally or in other regions of the U.S. and abroad.

The good news: these exposures are preventable with safe practices, environmental awareness, and appropriate use of insect repellents.

Read the full article by the Center City Pediatrics on their website here.


May 6, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

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Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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