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HVP April 2019

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Page 28 of 43 n Hudson Valley Parent 29 sick, I'm worried the Lyme is back." Tiny ticks cause massive problems, be vigilant when checking Her son will always test positive for Lyme now that he has been infected. To prevent either of her children from getting bitten again, Perry is very careful about making sure her sons use tick repellents and checks them multiple times a day for ticks when they've been out and about, rather than waiting until just before bed. "If they're out without me, I make sure whoever they are with knows to double check them and to just be really careful," she says. Checking for ticks is crucial for preventing tick bites, according to Felicia Keesing, a professor of biology and chair of the biology program at Bard College. "Parents should be doing tick checks of their children - in their hair, behind their ears, on their clothes, anywhere a small tick could be - whenever their children have been playing outside in warm weather," Keesing says. Keesing says ticks are most dangerous in the mid-spring to early-to-mid summer. That's also when they are the smallest and hardest to see. As eager as your kids may be to play outside and burn up the pent-up energy of the winter, it's crucial to check with eagle eyes for tiny ticks that could turn into massive problems if not spotted and removed. Keesing also recommends that while parents are checking their children, they teach their kids what they are doing and how to check themselves for ticks, because the threat tick bites pose does not fade as they get older. "By the time they're teenagers, tick checks are a responsibility they need to take on themselves," she says. (Continued on Page 30) • A happy, safe and caring environment encouraging a child's physical, creative, and intellectual growth • Serving children of all abilities • Early and after care hours available Kathy Masloski, Director 845-883-5151 40 Park Lane, Highland, NY 12528 845-293-5600 228 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549 AN INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM Learning Together, where children explore the world the way they learn best, through play! Singing lessons for all ages - preschoolers through teens " (845) 462-6209 A Suzuki Method curriculum.

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