How Can I Protect My Family From Ticks?

My family is planning a camping trip in a couple weeks. What can I do to protect my family against ticks?

Enjoy the great outdoors, but don't forget about the threat of ticks. Ticks can carry several diseases, including Lyme disease.

Inspect your kids each day for ticks — especially behind the neck and ears, in the groin area, and under the arms. Have everyone wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, and remember to tuck pant legs into socks or shoes for extra protection. Wearing light-colored clothing can help you see ticks more easily.

Pull long hair back and tuck it into a cap. Use an insect repellant with 10% to 30% DEET for protection against insect bites and stings in kids older than 2 years, always following the directions for application carefully.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: October 2009

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