If you’re a parent with active kids, one of them will most likely get a tick bite at some point. The good news is that most of them are harmless, but it’s a good idea to you’re your pediatrician and get it checked out.
If the tick is still attached to the skin, use tweezers to get a firm grip at the base of the bite, where the head is. Pull firmly until the tick lets go, don’t twist or pull from side to side. If part of the tick stays in the skin don’t worry, it will come out on its own. If you want to have the tick identified keep it in a plastic bag or jar.
Wash your hands and the site of the bite with soap and water and then swab the bite with alcohol. After the bite you want to keep an eye on it for a few days. Here are a few things you should look out for:
- If you see a red bump with a ring and expanding rash that looks like a bulls eye that could be Lyme disease.
- Red dots around the ankles and wrists are a symptom for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Be sure to think about prevention! Check the kids hair and skin after playing outside. Wear long socks with the pants tucked in to them and long sleeves when in a wooded area, and always use an insect repellent with 10%-30% DEET.