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.
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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.
As a veteran of the Iraq War, I found myself struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder from which greatly impacted my mental health. In 2016, I came across the film “Wild,” an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about healing by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent is used on clothing, not skin, and it provides long-lasting protection against ticks.