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Removing a Tick

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Updated June 08, 2005

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Removing a Tick
Once you find a tick, it is important to know how to remove it. The longer the tick stays attached to your child, especially if it is longer than 48 hours, the more likely that your child is going to get sick with something like Lyme disease.

To get ready to remove the tick, you should have:

  • fine tweezers
  • gloves or a tissue so that you can avoid touching the tick
  • a small jar where you can put the tick (this makes identification easier in case your child gets sick)
  • an antiseptic to clean the area of the tick bite and your hands after you remove it
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