Tick Removal

A fellow Momee friend  found a tick on the top of her sons head a couple of days ago. I heard a cotton swab with liquid soap soaked in it  would make the tick come out on its own and in full form. This does work… However, I was told by some medical profession Momee Friends that this technique may irritate the tick and cause it to behave like a syringe, injecting bodily fluids into the wound. So here is their advice on

HOW TO REMOVE A TICK — The proper way to remove a tick is to use a set of fine tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as is possible. Do not use a smoldering match or cigarette, nail polish, petroleum jelly (eg, Vaseline), liquid soap, or kerosene because they may irritate the tick and cause it to behave like a syringe, injecting bodily fluids into the wound.


The proper technique for tick removal includes the following:

Use fine tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
Pull backwards gently but firmly, using an even, steady pressure. Do not jerk or twist.
Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick, since its bodily fluids may contain infection-causing organisms.
After removing the tick, wash the skin and hands thoroughly with soap and water.
If any mouth parts of the tick remain in the skin, these should be left alone; they will be expelled on their own. Attempts to remove these parts may result in significant skin trauma.

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My name is Anne and I am a local mommy blogger ... Momee Friends is all about Long Island and all things local with the focus on family

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