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More Michiana kids coming home with ticks

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Michiana parents are reporting their kids are coming home with ticks on them. Chelsea Balyeat says her 2-year old son Braxton came home with a giant deer tick on his scalp. After removing the tick and seeing the doctor, Braxton was put on an antibiotic. "We have to monitor the bite and make sure the swelling stays down. I know deer ticks carry Lyme disease, so at least we know he won't have to deal with that," she says.

Dr. Tom Soisson of the South Bend Clinic says there are repellents to keep ticks off, but they should never be put on a child that is less than a year old. "If your child is less than a year old, you really shouldn't allow them to play in the grass or in bushes during the high tick season," says Soisson.
Dr. Soisson says the tick season is from April to September. If your child or yourself happen to come home with a tick, Dr. Soisson says never to remove the tick with your bare hands. "Using a pair of tweezers, take the tick off by the head, not the body," he says. By squeezing the body to pull the tick off, he says you could potentially push whatever infection the tick is carrying back into your body.

Dr. Soisson says although the amount of ticks in the area are up, the chances of actually getting Lyme disease are very slim. "The tick has to be attached for at least 24-hours. If it's pulled off even 8 hours after it's found, the chances of getting infected are extremely slim," he says.
Dr. Soisson says after a tick is removed, to monitor the bite area and put an antibiotic ointment on it. If it seems to be getting worse, consult your physician.
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