HOW TO … Remove a Tick

Media.aspxThe first time (and, frankly, every time) you find a tick on yourself or your child it can be a shock. But don’t panic! It’s true that Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States, but your child’s risk of developing Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick is very low. So take a deep breath, and then follow these simple steps to get rid of the little sucker.

STEP 1: Use tweezers to grab the tick firmly at the head or mouth, as close to the skin as possible.

STEP 2: Pull firmly and steadily, until the tick lets go.

STEP 3: Release the tick into a small container of rubbing alcohol (tick euthanasia).

STEP 4: Swab the bite area with alcohol.

To be safe, you’ll want to remove the tick as soon as possible because risk of infection of all kinds increases between 24 to 72 hours after the tick attaches to the skin.

CAUTION: Don’t use petroleum jelly or a hot match to kill and remove a tick, no matter what you’ve heard. These methods don’t get the tick to release the skin, and can cause it to burrow deeper and release more saliva, increasing the risk of disease transmission.

 

 

 

 

Email This Post Email This Post

Rachel Zahn, MD is a pediatrician turned health writer who had three kids during medical school and pediatric training—crazy, huh?


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Listen up

No Meat For Me!

Is a vegetarian diet really okay for little ones?

Watch This!

Keep their science muscles growing with these easy, fun experiments!

What You Said

  • paket wisata: I have read so many posts concerning the blogger lovers however this article is genuinely a nice...
  • www.gaoodgle.com: Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed! Extremely helpful...
  • ΡΥΘΜΙΣΕΙΣ ΚΟΚΚΙΝΩΝ ΔΑΝΕΙΩΝ: Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I...
  • Maggie sullivan: I have a neighbor, will holler and wave at me if i am near porch but if i try to sit in the yard, or...
  • 83Roxanna: Hi admin, i must say you have very interesting posts here. Your website can go viral. You need initial...
  • тетрадь по геометрии 8 класс атанасян 2015: Готовые домашние задания по геометрия 8 класс атанасян контрольная работа...
  • Ellen Schrier: Thank you so much! Please come back often!
  • Ellen Schrier: Hi Lisa, Sorry for the very late response. We are sorry to hear about your daughter and are sure that...
  • Lisa jacobs: My daughter was in a car accident and now has a concussion. She is plan to go to Mexico City which is a...
  • RF: Well my baby had her first two bottom theeth at 10 months old and i tought so far so good and then now at 11...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.