Dowd Medical Associates

Time to Check for Ticks

What can be done to prevent Lyme disease?

   1. WEAR INSECT REPELLENT.  Use a repellent with DEET - DEET is the most effective way to prevent tick bites. Avoid products with greater than 30% DEET and be sure to bathe your child at the end of the day if wearing DEET. If possible dress your child in long pants & long sleeve shirts. Tucking long pants into socks can also be helpful.

   2. PERFORM DAILY TICK CHECKS.  Check your child for ticks every night, even if they have just been playing outside in the yard. Make sure to check under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, back of knees, in and around all head and body hair, between the legs and around the waist.

   3. REMOVE ATTACHED TICKS QUICKLY AND CORRECTLY.  Remove attached tick using fine-tipped tweezers as soon as you notice tick. Using the tweezers grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. A tiny black speck may be remaining after tick is pulled off, this is OK – leave it alone and let the skin heal.

Fortunately, most children DO NOT need blood work or antibiotics after a tick bite.

When do you need to call us?

BE ALERT FOR FEVER, RASH OR MALAISE.  Some people get a small bump or redness at the site of a tick bite that goes away in 1-2 days. This is NOT a sign of Lyme disease. Symptoms to monitor for include, fever, rash, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint aches & malaise. The skin rash may resemble a “bulls eye” around the tick bite or anywhere else on body and is usually 1-2 weeks after the tick bite.

The diagnosis of Lyme disease & other tick born illnesses are made clinically and treated based on symptoms & physical exam findings. If the tick has been attached for < 48 hours and not engorged, the chances of having Lyme disease are very unlikely. 

Testing your child? 

Lyme disease testing in the absence of symptoms is NOT routinely done. Like blood tests for many other infectious diseases, the test for Lyme disease measures antibodies in response to infection. It can take several weeks after the infection for the body to produce sufficient antibodies to be detected. Therefore, during the first 4 weeks of infection, blood tests are not accurate and not recommended.

For more information and help Identifying Ticks

Meet Madison Shannon, LICSW

Madison Shannon, LICSW has been with Dowd Pediatrics since 2015.  She provides behavioral support to our patients and helps connect them with mental health resources in the community.

Learn More

Vaping, Juuling, E-cigarettes . . . How to talk to my teen

We are seeing and hearing a lot about middle and high school kids vaping or juuling these days.  It's important that we all speak to our emerging young adults about the risks and why NOT TO VAPE.   

NPR report on Juuling

What You Need To Know And How To Talk To Your Kids About Vaping Guide Partnership For Drug Free Kids

Surgeon General Report on Vaping

Teen-Parent Relationship

Balancing your relationship with your child as they enter the peer dominated teen years can be challenging. 

Learn More

Prenatal Forum

Learn more about Dowd Medical Pediatrics by signing-up for a Prenatal Forum.  

Learn More

IMPORTANT - Rock 'n Play Recalled due to pediatric deaths

Under pressure from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fisher-Price has recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play infant sleepers following reports of infant deaths.

Learn More

Breastfeeding Support Group

We are proud to offer a Breastfeeding Support Group on select weekends!

Learn More

Parent Seminars with developmental pediatrician Dr Erik von Hahn

Seminar series for parents of children with learning or other developmental disabilities starting September 9th in Woburn.

Learn More

How to help your child manage back to school anxiety

It's back to school time! While this is an exciting time for families and kids, it can also bring stress and anxiety for some. Check out this link for a collection of articles with tips and tricks on how to help your child and your family manage some common back to school anxieties.

School Anxiety in Kids

MLK Jr Day Hours

We are open for holiday hours on MLK Jr Day

Learn More