Finding a tick on your child can be quite unsettling but don’t panic! Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the U.S. but the risk of exposure is very low. Thankfully, ticks can be removed at home in three easy steps. Dr. Gerardo Reyes, our experienced pediatrician, is sharing the steps for removal below:
- Grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers at its head and pull firmly until the tick lets go of the skin. Do not twist. If all of the tick does not release, don’t worry it will come out on its own.
- Place the tick into a zip-lock bag or container.
- Thoroughly wash your hands and the site with alcohol or soap and water.
When Should You Call Your Doctor?
Monitor the bite site and call your doctor if your child’s skin at the bite site:
- Develops a red irritated rash
- Red-ringed rash
- Swollen or painful joint
- Flu-like symptoms
- Facial paralysis
If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact your physician.
Children’s Urgent Care provides walk in clinic services for acute injuries. We proudly offer local medical care for families in the Skokie and River Forest areas. Our pediatric trained staff offers immediate care seven days a week, no appointments necessary. Visit our website to find immediate care at a Children’s Urgent Care near you.