These are the intructions we use at our Pedi Call Center. I hope it helps!!
2. WOOD TICK REMOVAL:
- Use a tweezers and grasp the wood tick close to the skin (on its
- Pull the wood tick straight upward without twisting or crushing it.
- Maintain a steady pressure until it releases its grip.
- If tweezers aren't available, use fingers, a loop of thread around the jaws,
or a needle between the jaws for traction.
- Note: 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.
3. TINY DEER TICK REMOVAL: Need to be scraped off with a knife blade
or credit card edge.
4. TICK'S HEAD REMOVAL: If the wood tick's head breaks off in the skin,
remove it. Clean the skin. Then use a sterile needle to uncover the head
and lift it out or scrape it off. If a very small piece of the head remains, the
skin will eventually slough it off.
5. ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT: Wash the wound and your hands with soap and
water after removal to prevent catching any tick disease. Apply antibiotic
ointment (OTC) to the bite once.
6. EXPECTED COURSE: Tick bites normally don't itch or hurt. That's why they
often go unnoticed.
14. TETANUS BOOSTER: If last tetanus shot was given > 10 years ago, needs
a booster. Call PCP during regular office hours (within 3 days).
7. CALL BACK IF
- Caller can't remove the tick or the tick's head.
- Fever or rash occur in the next 2 weeks.
- Bite begins to look infected.
- Your child becomes worse
8. CARE ADVICE given per Tick Bites (Pediatric) guideline