How to Remove a Tick from Your Child: A Guide for Parents

Ticks are familiar to many of us in Arizona,where they are found year-round in most of the state.There’s no doubt that these parasites are scary, but that doesn’t mean you have to wrap your kids in bubble wrap or lock them in their bedrooms. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about removing ticks, that way you can relax when the kids head outside to play.

How do I remove a tick from my child?

A tick has bitten your child and is still latched to your child’s skin, what do you do next?

“The best advice for parents who find a tick attached to their child is to not panic,” says Kristen Nordlund, a public affairs officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “There are simple steps they can take to remove the tick with a set of fine-tipped tweezers.”

The following tick removal process comes directly from the CDC:

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  4. If your child develops a rash or fever within the next few weeks after the tick was removed, take them to a doctor and make sure to tell him or her about the recent tick bite.

Ticks usually need to be attached for several hours in order to spread a disease. For example, the blacklegged (or deer tick) needs to be attached for about 24 hours to pass on Lyme disease. It is also important to know that not everyone who gets Lyme disease will have the “telltale” bull’s eye rash. It’s always a good idea to have your child tested more than once for a tickborne disease because sometimes tests can come back as false negatives.

We know ticks are still terrifying, but we hope you feel better prepared with this information. If you feel that your home has a pest problem feel free to call Bug Guardian Pest Prevention today at (480)345-2847.

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