It’s important to remove the tick and clean the area well to prevent such diseases as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which are carried by ticks.
Although any home remedies on how to remove a tick have circulated over the years, it’s best to gently pull the tick out with tweezers. If you use petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, a hot match or another home remedy, you are likely to only irritate the tick and cause it to regurgitate into your child’s blood. This will increase the risk of spreading an infection.
When removing the tick, grasp it as close to the skin as possible, then slowly pull away from the skin. Make sure you do not squeeze the tick’s body. This will only release infected blood back into your child’s bloodstream. Also, do not twist the tick when pulling it out. This may cause the tick’s head to break off and stay in the skin which can lead to infection. If the head of the tick does break off and you can see it, remove it as you would a splinter.
After you remove the tick, it is vital that you clean the area with soap and water, and then put an antiseptic lotion on the area. You’ll want to watch your child for a few days to see if any symptoms of infection occur. If they do, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics.
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