Kids are five times more likely than adults to die from Ticks

TickMisperceptions Keep Kids from Getting Lifesaving Treatment for Tickborne Diseases

Kids are five times more likely than adults to die from tickborne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). Doctors often avoid prescribing doxycycline, the most effective RMSF treatment, for young children because the drug’s warning label cautions that tooth staining may be a side effect in children younger than 8 years. A new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests that for patients with RMSF, this warning may be doing more harm than good. The study led by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indian Health Service (IHS)  found that short courses of the antibiotic doxycycline can be used in children under 8 years old without staining teeth or weakening tooth enamel.

Ticks cause Disease – Fight the Bite!

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/

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