“Ticks can transmit disease to human hosts. These diseases can be serious.” OH, WE KNOWWWW. What I don’t know is one parent that isn’t completely terrified of ticks around here. We are all on high alert the second the snow melts. It seems the whole of Massachusetts is a damn feeding ground for those nasty little buggers. Fun fact – did you know they can’t fly? So if you see a tick on someone’s head that means they CRAWLED up there. Shivers yet? Hubby was diagnosed with Lyme Disease last year. How did we know? We were one of the “lucky” few that saw a huge red ring on his torso. (The spot of the ring isn’t necessarily the same spot the tick was in. Isn’t that so creepy and weird!?)
He went in for a blood test and it came back positive. He was put on a boat load of antibiotics (sure antibiotics are a blessing but they also wreck havoc on your gut health.) We caught it early enough that he hasn’t experienced any other symptoms but that is unfortunately not the norm.
I found a tick on my 4 year old’s head earlier this summer. I was reading him a book in bed and stroking his hair. I knew exactly what it was before I even looked at it. I screamed (great reaction, huh?) and ran to grab the tweezers. I got him out and called the Doctor. They told me the larger ones don’t transmit the disease but to keep an eye out for a rash or for the site to become red and inflamed. None of those things happened in the next 2 weeks but I just couldn’t rest easy. I took him to Quest Diagnostics even though my Doctor didn’t believe he had Lyme. I know I thought, but I just have to be sure. It was quick and easy and when the test came back negative I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. If you think there is even a small chance your child might have Lyme, I highly recommend getting the test done. The only negative side I see to this is the small pain of the needle – but what is the alternative? Pumping little bellies with antibiotics? A possible lifetime of joint pain? The test is a no-brainer for me and my family. What are your thoughts on the matter? I just want our babies safe when playing outside!
Quest Diagnostics produced an educational video and public awareness announcement that talks about some of the things to look for. It is an informative piece that is worth a view:
This post is sponsored by Quest Diagnostics. The opinions are the author’s own.