- Using a pair of fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick by the head or mouth (not the body). Do not use a match, petroleum jelly, or alcohol, any of which could cause the tick to burrow deeper.
- Pull firmly and steadily outward. Don't twist the tick as you pull.
- Clean the bite wound with disinfectant.
- Watch the site closely for several weeks, and be on the lookout for symptoms of Lyme disease.
Although doctors stress that you don't need to get a tick analyzed, some parents feel better knowing whether or not it's a Lyme carrier. If you'd like to have it tested, save the tick in a dry glass vial or a zipper-top plastic bag, then check to see if your local health department has a tick-test policy, or try calling private labs in your area.