When one of my children was a fairly young baby and not even mobile yet, a tick lodged itself into the top of his head, so ticks can drop out of trees onto your children too even if they aren’t hiking in the woods or walking in the grass!
If you discover that your child or pet has a tick that has lodged itself into the skin, here is the safest, easiest and quickest way to remove it.
This valuable information was discovered and shared by a School Nurse who has dealt with this type of situation many times before.
Whatever you do, don’t try to remove the tick with your fingers or a pair of tweezers. Frequently the tick’s head will be left in the skin this way and this scenario leaves the skin vulnerable to infection.
Also, if the tick has a white spot on it’s back it is a Deer Tick, so after you have removed the tick, place it in a bag and go visit the doctor for examination of the tick and yourself. Deer Ticks can sometimes carry Tick Fever!
How to Remove a Tick Safely and Quickly
Soak a cotton ball in some liquid soap. Swab the tick with the soapy cotton ball several times and then hold it lightly on top of the tick so that it is touching. Within 15 seconds or so, the tick will dislodge itself and come away from the skin stuck to the cotton ball.
Easy and not at all traumatic even for a very young patient!
This method works particularly well when ticks become lodged in hard to reach areas like between toes or in someone’s hair.
The School Nurse sharing this information (I wish I knew her actual name to give her full credit) has never had this method fail in the many times she has used it!
Method Ineffective According to SNOPES?
SNOPES claims that the liquid soap method is not effective and recommends using a pair of tweezers to pull the tick straight out, but this is not what old time country doctors like my Father recommend.
Trying to pull a tick straight out will almost ALWAYS result in the head staying stuck in the skin. If you must use tweezers and wish to forgo the liquid soap approach (which I feel is the safest, fastest solution) you must pull the tick out at an angle which will give you the best shot at removing the head along with the body.
Sorry SNOPES, but you aren’t the end all and be all authority that you think you are.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist