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Removing a Tick

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Updated June 08, 2005

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Pulling the Tick Out
Pulling the Tick Out

Pulling the Tick Out

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After using your tweezers to grab the tick as close as possible to your child's skin, you should gently pull it straight up.

Be sure to avoid making any jerking or twisting movements as you pull it out, or you may cause the tick's head to break off. If you do notice that any part of the tick has remained embedded in your child's skin, be sure to call your Pediatrician for help getting it out.

As you pull the tick out, you should also avoid squeezing the tick.

*image courtesy of the CDC.

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