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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks.
Antibiotics can treat Lyme disease. If you do not treat your child's Lyme disease, it can lead to problems with the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system. These problems can develop weeks, months, or even years after your child gets the infection.
Your child may be prescribed antibiotics even if it isn't yet certain that your child has Lyme disease.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
To prevent Lyme disease in the future
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 31, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & W. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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