Treating Tick Bites
- Most tick bites are harmless.
- The spread of disease by ticks is rare.
- If the tick is still attached to the skin, it will need to be removed.
- Covering the tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish, or rubbing alcohol doesn't work. Neither does touching the tick with a hot or cold object.
- Try one of the following techniques:
Wood Tick Removal: Try Soapy Cotton Ball First
Wood Tick Removal: Try Tweezers Second
Deer Tick Removal
Call Your Doctor If
Preventing Tick Bites
Tick Repellent for Skin: DEET
Tick Repellent for Clothing: Permethrin
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Last Updated 6/1/2012
Source - My Child Is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (Copyright © 2011 Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP)