Although anyone can get Lyme disease, children spend a lot of time outdoors and are at particular risk.
- Reasons to suspect that your child may have Lyme disease include:
- Your family lives in or has visited a region where Lyme disease is commonly found
- You know or suspect that your child has been exposed to ticks
- Your child is experiencing symptoms such as rash, fever, chills, fatigue, joint or muscle pain, or facial paralysis
Children sometimes experience joint pain as their first, and possibly only, symptom of Lyme disease. If you suspect that your child may have Lyme disease, call us promptly.
Protect your family from Lyme disease
- Use insect repellent that contains 20 – 30% DEET. Follow the instructions on the packaging.
- Make children bathe or shower as soon as possible after they come indoors.
- Look for ticks on their bodies. Ticks can hide under the armpits, behind the knees, in the hair, and in the groin.
- Put clothes in the dryer on high heat for 60 minutes to kill any remaining ticks.