These little disgusting creatures sure provoke anxiety for both parent and physician alike. MOST of the time tick exposure is nothing but a nuisance. Grab the ticket at its base with tweezers and with firm gentle traction, slowly pull the tick off. It may take a little while for the tick to release, so be patient. After the tick is gone, apply Neosporin to the site. There may be a small red bump at the site for a few days.

It is important to check your child each night, including their hair, for ticks. Very rarely children will develop a fever after a tick exposure. Most of the time this is related to another viral illness instead of the tick exposure, however, you should call the office for an appointment if the fever is greater than 101 and/or associated with a rash, headache or body aches.