FAQs about Lyme Disease In Children
When you have children you know that they play outside every day. So if you live in an area of the country where the ticks that carry Lyme disease are prevalent this disease is a concern for you.
Q: Will my child be OK?
A: Most likely. Caught early, the vast majority of children make a full recovery.
Q: Is Lyme disease contagious?
A: No, not from person-to-person. You can only get Lyme disease from being bitten from a tick that is carrying the bacteria.
Q: Can my child be diagnosed with Lyme disease if there’s no evidence of a tick bite?
A: Yes, many people with Lyme disease are diagnosed without any knowledge of a tick bite, if there’s a possibility that they may have been exposed to one of the bacteria-carrying ticks.
Q: Is there a vaccine for Lyme disease?
A: There used to be, but it was taken off the market in 2002. No vaccine for Lyme disease is currently available.
Q: Is Lyme disease chronic?
A: Doctors don’t believe that Lyme disease is chronic, but some children experience what’s called “post-infectious syndrome.” This is a condition that occurs after many bacterial and viral infections, including mononucleosis and hepatitis A.
There’s a wide range of symptoms that your child could experience from post-infectious syndrome, but some of the more common ones include:
joint aches and pains
– via www.childrenshospital.org
Preventing Lyme Disease in Children
Having information about what to do if you think your child has been exposed to Lyme Disease or if they currently have Lyme Disease is very helpful.
Even more important is knowing how to prevent Lyme Disease in children so that they and your family never face that horrible illness. Below are a number of steps you can take to help prevent your child from being exposed to Lyme Disease.
How can Lyme disease be prevented?
Humans do not develop an immunity to LD and reinfection is possible. In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved a new vaccine against Lyme disease called LYMErix. The vaccine was not 100 percent effective, however, and the FDA still recommended using other preventive measures. In 2002, the manufacturer of LYMErix announced that the vaccine would no longer be available commercially.
Some general guidelines for preventing LD include the following:
Ticks cannot bite through clothing; dress your child and family in:
Long-sleeved shirts tucked into pants
Socks and closed-toe shoes
Long pants with legs tucked into socks
Check your family often for ticks, including:
All parts of the body that bend: behind the knees, between fingers and toes, underarms, and groin
Other areas where ticks are commonly found: belly button, in and behind the ears, neck, hairline, and top of the head
Areas of pressure points, including:
Where underwear elastic waist band touches the skin
Where bands from pants or skirts touch the skin
Anywhere else where clothing presses on the skin
Visually check all other areas of the body and hair, and run fingers gently over skin. Run a fine-toothed comb through your child’s hair to check for ticks.
– via childrensnational.org
Do you have a plan to help prevent your children from being exposed to Lyme Disease?