Lyme disease Treatment in Children

Everyone may get Lyme disease but Children is more at risk due to their activity spend outdoor. That is why parent should watch the symptoms of disease in order to give treatments needed. Treatments were done as effectively and as quickly as possible will ensure a faster healing process. If left alone, the symptoms of Lyme disease will develop more severe and prolonged.

Lyme disease Treatment in Children

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a disease caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi infection. This infectious disease can spread through a tick bite.

Lyme Disease Symptoms and Complications in Children

This disease has a variety of symptoms appear gradually. Initially, red spots will appear on the bitten by fleas. However, your children may not be directly contracted to Lyme disease when it does.

There are several other indications that indicate Lyme disease transmission. Such signs that generally appear within a period of four weeks and includes:

Rash on the skin that is bitten and usually do not hurt or itch. The shape of the rash will widen like a ring with a red circle in the middle. Looks like a bull's eye. This rash will appear on the three days to one month after the bite.

  • Aches.
  • Fever.
  • Fatigue.
  • Shivering.

If  children experience any of these symptoms, get to the doctor to get treatment as soon as possible. Even advanced symptoms are gone, it is still encouraged to go to the doctor. Symptoms subside does not mean Lyme disease are cured.

If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to more serious symptoms that appear months or even years later. Examples of indications which may arise are:

  • Disorders of the nervous system, such as the facial muscles are paralyzed or numb hands.
  • Pain and swelling in the joints that move around to other joints.
  • Inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain or meningitis.
  • Heart problems and inflammation of the eye and the heart.

Diagnosis of Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme disease is generally difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other illnesses. The easiest way to identify the disease is through examination of skin rash with the unique shape. Your doctor may ask you a history of being bitten by an animal, although many patients could not recall being bitten animals.

If the patient cannot remember being bitten and the rash is not really unique, your doctor may advise you to undergo a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. These checks will be carried out on a regular basis for approximately one month from the approximate transmission.

In the blood test procedure, the doctor will check for the presence and levels of antibodies against Lyme disease in your blood. The result only proves that children have been infected this bacteria without knowing whether the infection is still active or not.

Patients with impaired neural system must also be examined their bone marrow fluid. Same goal is to detect the presence of inflammation in the brain or central nervous system as well as the levels of antibodies against the bacteria.

Lyme Disease Treatment in Children

The main treatment for Lyme disease is with antibiotics. The duration of antibiotic use will generally take about two weeks to one month. The treatment duration of each patient is depending on the severity of the patient's infection. Antibiotics should be used in accordance with the duration recommended by doctors for bacteria in your body completely destroyed.

After treatment is completed, symptoms such as aches and fatigue may still be experienced by the patient. Some experts suspect that it is triggered by the immune system response is still active to combat the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

CDC suggested: Treatment for children less than 8-years-old would include oral amoxicillin three times daily for 2-4 weeks. Children who are allergic to amoxicillin would most likely receive cefuroxime axetil twice daily instead but for children over 8-years-old would include doxycycline twice daily for 2-4 weeks. Children who are allergic to tetracyclines would receive amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil instead.

Lyme disease Prevention in Children

This disease prevention process can be done with simple steps. The most effective way is to avoid places that might be the habitat of ticks Lyme disease, for example, shrubs or grass. There are also other simple steps that we can do, such as:

  • Always keep in your family, especially after traveling.
  • Wearing clothes covered, especially when you are outdoors.
  • Using insect repellent lotion.
  • Always check your pet to be free of fleas.

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