Cases of Lyme disease are really on the increase throughout the US and 25% of all new cases reported are children. Lyme disease in children is most common in boys aged 5-9 years old.
Lyme disease symptoms in children can become very painful, especially if the disease is not treated immediately. Parents who believe their child may have been bitten by a deer tick or mosquito should seek medical help immediately if symptoms develop. At an early stage, Lyme disease in children can be effectively treated with antibiotics and the symptoms will often subside.
Lyme disease is an illness caused by an infectious microbe that is transmitted to people by blood-sucking arthropods (insects or arachnids). 50% of children with Lyme disease have no history of tick attachment even though the tick must generally be attached for about 36 hours in order for it to transmit the Lyme disease bacteria. When an infected tick or mosquito bites, bacteria travel to the tick’s salivary glands and then into the body through the skin. It takes about 24 hours for a tick to attach itself to the skin and begin to feed.
Lyme Disease Symptoms in Children – What to Look For
Early Lyme disease symptoms in children can resemble flu’-like symptoms such as fever, muscles aches, fatigue, nausea and joint pain. Lyme disease in children can also be indicated by a rash in the shape of a bulls-eye and by some paralysis of the facial muscles. Treatment should begin if any of these symptoms present themselves following a tick or mosquito bite.
Less than 70% of children develop the rash associated with Lyme disease and so detection may be hard. Symptoms in children may be more severe when the disease has been undetected for weeks or months. These symptoms could include; headaches, fatigue, light sensitivity, uncharacteristic behavior, outbursts, inability to sustain attention and painful joints. Often at this stage, Lyme disease is mistaken for another condition and unless proper testing is performed, a mis-diagnosis may be made and the condition may worsen.
Solutions to Lyme Disease in Children
At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we believe that the best treatment for Lyme disease in children is ozone therapy. We combine this with a range of nutritional IVs to boost the child’s immune system. As a result of these combined therapies along with a tailor made program for your particular situation, it is not uncommon for our patients to achieve success. Read & watch some of our Lyme disease testimonials.
Where to Find Treatment for Lyme Disease in Children
Many residents of Tampa Bay have already benefited from our Lyme disease treatment protocols, and we’ll be happy to book a consultation. Contact us at (727) 466-6789 for an appointment or inquire online today.