What should I do if my child has a tick?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

First, remove the tick. Don't try to scrape the tick off, because you'll only get part of it. Instead use flat-edged tweezers and try to get the whole little blood-sucking bugger off your child in one pull. If you're worried about Lyme disease, you can take the tick to your doc to have it analyzed.

The deer tick needs to be attached to the skin for at least twenty-four hours to transmit the virus, which is why you should religiously check your child once a day.

Take him to the pediatrician for a blood test if:

  • He has coldlike symptoms after an extended tick bit.
  • There is a red ring around the bite.
  • Your child complains of exhaustion or achy joints.
  • You live in a deer-tick-infested area.
YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade

More About this Book

YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade

There’s little doubt that parenting can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences you’ll ever have. But it can be plenty tough, too: Around the clock, you’re working to keep your...

Continue Learning about First Aid For Animal Encounters

When should I see a doctor after a dog bite or cat bite?
Anthony L. Komaroff, MDAnthony L. Komaroff, MD
A pet would bite the hand that feeds it? It happens every day, and, unfortunately, even beloved ...
More Answers
What should I do if my child is stung by a bee?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Bee stings can be painful and traumatic for children. However, unless the child has a known allergy,...
More Answers
What is the first aid treatment for animal bites that break the skin?
 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
For animal or human bite that breaks the skin:Make sure scene is safe. (Avoid animals acting stran...
More Answers
How should I care for a bull rider who has been gored?
National Athletic Trainers' AssociationNational Athletic Trainers' Association
First make sure someone has contacted 911. Then make sure to hold direct pressure on the wound. Do n...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.