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What is a Deer Tick?

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

Deer ticks are found outdoors in wooded, grassy, or marshy areas, including backyards in specific regions of the US (the Northeast, California, and the North-Central States).

The tiny tick attaches itself to the skin to feed becoming gradually engorged over several hours. Look over your child’s skin at the end of each day, keeping a close eye on the areas behind ears and along the hairline. If a tick is found, use tweezers to gently remove the entire tick without squeezing it; then clean the area with first aid cream or rubbing alcohol. If you are concerned that the tick has been attached for longer than a few hours or are unsure if the tick is a deer tick, save it to show to a physician. Most cases of Lyme disease occur in people who carried the tick for longer than 24 hours, although it can happen in a shorter time.

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