The question, what to do if your child gets a tick? is on everybody's mind around where I live this time of year.
This week on The Resilient Family series I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Jesse Pierce about Lyme disease. Dr Pierce has been very helpful to my family as we've moved through our own lyme journey. She treats a lot of lyme and lyme co-infections and her knowledge is extensive.
My goal with this interview was to help parents feel more confident about lyme by helping them better understand prevention and treatment options.
Scroll down to see highlights, a natural tick repellant recipe and what to carry with you in a first aid kit.
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If you see this sort of thing after potential exposure, head to your doctor and be sure to tell them about possible tick exposure.
remove it carefully with tweezers (so you get the head), try to keep it so it can be tested later if necessary. Use special tick tweezers if you can
treat the skin topically with a poultice of Colloidal silver and activated charcoal (under a bandaid) to try to pull any bacteria out. Change that daily.
Give a few doses of the homeopathic remedy Ledum throughout the day, which helps push the bacteria out.
Go to your doctor as soon as possible for an assessment of the situation.
Essential oils of Lemon Eucalyptus, Rose Geranium, Peppermint, and Bergamot effectively repel ticks. Mix a combination of those (to total 20-40 drops) with 2 oz water + 2 oz witch hazel or vodka or apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle to use as a repellant
(You can see the supplement brands I recommend in my dispensary listed under the lyme category)
a set of very sharp tweezers so you can carefully remove the tick (or special tick removers)
a plastic bag so you can keep the tick if you find it and it can be tested if need be
colloidal silver spray (get this as a spray for ease of use it as a topical antibiotic on the site of the tick bite)
activated charcoal capsules (open them up and mix into the silver on top of the bite area to help pull out infection)
bandaids to cover the bite site
Ledum 1MK or 200ch (a homeopathic remedy that helps push infection out of the body; give this after a tick bite until you can get medical help. Get it at any good health food store that sells supplements)
a pen (draw a circle around the bite area so you can remember where it was and monitor it)
Deep Immune For Kids (use this to give the immune system some support until you can get to medical help)
We should all be concerned about lyme, but I hope our concern will lead us to strategy rather than panic. It's important to know what infection looks like and what your options for treatment are.
But the best thing to focus on is supporting the resilience of your child's body. The strength of the immune system is a key factor in how the body will respond to lyme and lyme co-infections, should it contract the bacteria.
You can also check out our SuperImmune Kids e-course for more immune-specific strategies.
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Jess is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Family Health Expert, specializing in brain health & resilience for kids. She is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the stress out of feeding your family & love your life, a mother and an advocate for children’s health. Her book and online resources have helped families all over the world improve the lives of their children with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD, autism and mood disorders by fitting the food and feeding piece into their health puzzles. She is the 2019 recipient of the CSNNAA award for Clinical Excellence for her work helping families get healthier, and she continues to work at bringing an understanding of the power of good nutrition to the mainstream conversation about children’s mental health, learning, and overall resilience through her blog, courses and as a contributor to print and online magazines. You can reach Jess at www.jesssherman.com
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