Lyme disease is caused by a bite from a tiny infected deer tick. This tick (about the size of a pin head) is found in wooded or grassy areas. It can go unnoticed on your child's skin.
Symptoms of Lyme disease (not all may appear) are:
If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to nerve, joint (arthritis) and heart problems.
Your child cannot pass on Lyme disease to others.
An antibiotic will treat Lyme disease and may be used,in certain cases, to prevent the disease after a tick bite.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
Ticks are out: Don't ignore these symptoms