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How to remove a tick

My little boy was playing outside and got a tick in his hair. This is what we did. {*disclaimer: I'm no doctor. If you feel uncomfortable with this, seek help from a medical professional.}

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Here are your supplies.

Here are your supplies.

See the tick? First, get comfortable. My son is 2.5 yrs old, so we put on a cartoon and laid him across my lap. I recruited my wife to lend a couple extra hands. {Larry Boy was moral support}

That little bugger was latched in good. We knew there was going to be crying, so we tried the best we could to soothe him throughout the process.

That little bugger was latched in good. We knew there was going to be crying, so we tried the best we could to soothe him throughout the process.

Use your tweezers to grab hold of the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull (slowly but firmly) straight out without twisting. You want to pull the whole tick out slowly without losing the head.

Use your tweezers to grab hold of the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull (slowly but firmly) straight out without twisting. You want to pull the whole tick out slowly without losing the head.

There he is. Make sure you got the head off with the body. Otherwise, you'll need to tweeze again.

There he is. Make sure you got the head off with the body. Otherwise, you'll need to tweeze again.

Keep the tick in your jar or zip-lock bag for a few days (this is an old baby food jar). If you suspect Lyme disease, visit the doctor and take the tick with you. They can test the bug for infection.

Keep the tick in your jar or zip-lock bag for a few days (this is an old baby food jar). If you suspect Lyme disease, visit the doctor and take the tick with you. They can test the bug for infection.

Use your Q-tip to rub some alcohol over the spot. Keep an eye on the bite mark for a few days. If a red circle (like a bullseye) shows up, it could be Lyme disease. In that case, go see the doctor.

Use your Q-tip to rub some alcohol over the spot. Keep an eye on the bite mark for a few days. If a red circle (like a bullseye) shows up, it could be Lyme disease. In that case, go see the doctor.

Seal of approval.

Seal of approval.

  • Tweezers
  • Q-tip
  • Alcohol
  • A sealable jar or bag