June 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Jun-Aug2004, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p55
Taking a hike used to be easy. The biggest concerns were getting lost and poison ivy. Now, due to the steadily rising number of Lyme disease cases, you need to be tick savvy, too. Lyme disease, which is spread by tiny deer ticks that are hard to detect, is an inflammatory infection that affects the skin, joints, and nervous system. Symptoms — multiple rashes, severe headaches or fatigue, joint stiffness, or high fever — can last for months and can increase in severity if they're not detected early. The telltale sign that your child has a tick bite: a distinctive, red-ringed bull's-eye rash. Call your doctor immediately if you see this rash. If caught early, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics taken orally for three to four weeks. Those cute sandals and funky sneakers might look great but if they don't fit your child well or aren't meant for physical activity, they can cause ankle sprains, ingrown toenails, blisters, and calluses.


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