At Andover Pediatrics we enjoy taking care of children. We consider it a joy and a privilege as well as a great responsibility to care for them.
Our office is open Monday through Saturday and we see sick children every day, including Sunday mornings by appointment. Learn more.
We offer a walk-in hour on weekday mornings from 7:30 am to 8:30 am for patients who have an established relationship with Andover Pediatrics. Learn more.
- The best way to avoid Lyme Disease is to avoid tick bites using DEET-containing insect repellent and covering the skin with clothing.
- Very good research shows that ticks can only transmit Lyme Disease if they are attached to the skin for over 36-48 hours.
- It is very important to check for ticks every night to ensure that any ticks found have not been present long enough to transmit the disease.
- Remember that the ticks are tiny, and they love to be in warm, hard-to-find places on the body like the armpit, the groin, in and around the ear, and the back of the neck.
- The best way to remove a tick is to get a firm grasp with a good pair of tweezers as close to the skin as possible, and pull firmly.
- It is OK is you don’t remove all of the tick. A small part after remains embedded in the skin. It will work its way out like a small splinter. Keep the area clean and apply antibiotic ointment for a few days.
- There is no benefit to testing the tick for the presence of the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
- There is NO indication at all for preventative antibiotics after a tick bite in children under 8 years old, as the only medication used for this purpose is NOT approved for children in the age group.
- Lyme Disease is very easily treated in almost all cases.
If the tick has been present for more than 36-48 hours, watch your child closely over the next month for the early symptoms of Lyme disease. Some people with Lyme disease will have flu-like symptoms with or without a rash. These symptoms may include: lack of energy, appetite loss, headache and stiff neck, fever and chills, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes.