The best prevention against Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by ticks. Individuals who spend a lot of time outdoors should be aware of the danger and make it a habit to regularly check their bodies for ticks. The tick requires time to attach itself and begin feeding. It is possible to remove ticks before they are able to transmit the disease. Ticks should be grasped with tweezers at the point where their mouthparts enter the skin and pulled straight out with firm pressure. Immature ticks are small and difficult to detect; often they appear as a freckle or mole.
If you think your child has Lyme disease, call his or her doctor. If you have found a tick on the skin and removed it, save it in a jar of alcohol for identification.
Ticks begin transmitting Lyme disease about 24–48 hours after attaching to the host. You can reduce your child’s chances of getting Lyme disease by removing the tick within 48 hours.
To remove the tick, you will need tweezers and isopropyl alcohol. Your child may be scared, but you should explain that this will not hurt them.