How should I check for ticks on my child's body?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you live in an area known for ticks, it's smart to check your kids every night. Baths are an especially good way to find ticks, as they are easier to feel on a youngster's body when she's in the water. Key spots to check: inside elbows, inside knees, under arms, between toes, crotch, neck, behind ears, head.
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If your child has been playing outdoors in an area where ticks are plentiful, or if you believe your child may have a tick, you need to perform a thorough examination of your child. Undress your child and observe his or her skin from head to toe. It is also important to examine the scalp. This can be more challenging if your child has long hair, and you will also need to use a comb.

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