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The knowledge and approaches of parents to tick bite and tick-borne disease

Mehmet Kayhan, Sebahat Gucuk.


The present study aims to evaluate the knowledge and approaches of parents to a possible tick bite and tick-borne diseases that may develop in their children.
Methods: The descriptive study enrolled 504 voluntary parents living in Bolu, having children under the age of 18 and applying any reason to the outpatient clinic of family medicine between September 2018 and December 2018. A 33-question questionnaire was applied to all participants. The mean age of participants was 39,8±13,9 (18-68). Considering the measures taken by parents in their children, 240 (47.6%) of them were careful to wear light-colored and closed clothing and 379 (75.2%) of them were careful to tuck their pant legs into their socks. 169 (33.5%) of them were roughly checking the presence of tick on their children’s body, when they were in risky areas for ticks, while 78 (15.5%) of them were fully checking their children body, including the back of the underarm, the nape, the hair bottoms, the groin for presence of tick. When the participants with being engaged in farming compared with the patients without being engaged in farming, we observed the statistically significant differences concerning type of clothing styles, previous educational history and being familiar with a tick (p= 0.006, 0.014 and

Key words: Tick bite, tick-borne disease, tick control

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