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Old 06-20-2012, 11:53 AM   #21
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If its teeny tiny its probably a deer tick. They are the ones that carry lyme. I would take her in to make sure it all gets taken out. mama! Hope you get it out!

How did you take the rest off. I try not to take it out unless I know I can get the whole thing out. Even if that means using something warm to see if the tick will back out of the skin a little.

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I had Lyme, it was caught VERY early (before I could test positive even, but I had the bullzeye rash) and had to take 1,500mg of antibiotics for 21 days. It SUCKED.

I would get to the dr right away, Lyme is not something you want to mess around with.

Do you have a community van? Like the one that takes old people around? I've had to ride that to the dr before because DS1 was really sick and DH had the car...just a thought...We didn't use car seats because it's bus style (not safe I know, but safer than waiting until Monday with a kid with Strep...)

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I'm so sorry that you're dealing with this! We dealt with a very similar situation with our DS but he was 4. I was terrified because the head was still in but the ped said the best thing to do was let it work itself out...the skin would naturally push it out, which it did. I do believe we had to put antibiotic ointment on the affected area.
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Oh, mama! I don't know what to tell you about getting her to the doctor but I couldn't read and not offer hugs! I'd be a sobbing mess.

Please update and let us know how she's doing! Poor baby!
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i don't think going after it with a needle would be a good idea, it might accidentally push it further in, introduce bacteria that could just make matters worse, and obviously hurt. i hope they can get it taken care of for you this afternoon. maybe just some neosporin and a bandaid until then to keep it from scabbing/crusting over and protect it until you go in.
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i don't think going after it with a needle would be a good idea, it might accidentally push it further in, introduce bacteria that could just make matters worse, and obviously hurt. i hope they can get it taken care of for you this afternoon. maybe just some neosporin and a bandaid until then to keep it from scabbing/crusting over and protect it until you go in.
Yes this ^^^
Let it be! Your appt. is at 4...just wait for the ped. to take care of it.
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Re: Help! Tick head stuck in newborns arm

Thanks everyone. I decided to stop messing with it because I think I was just irritating it and not accomplishing anything. My mom is going to pick up the carseats and then take us to the pedi. Thank goodness for her. Dh is going to try to get off work soon after the appt which is good because I'm exhausted and will need help with our toddler after all this. Trying to be calm until the appointment, but will probably be a sobbing wreck again as soon as I try to talk to the doctor. Should I ask them if they'll just go ahead and put her on antibiotics?
I worry constantly about her getting sick already and this definitely isn't helping. Trying to keep myself from using google and hoping that the doctor will have good information for me. I'll update when we get home.
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Did you keep the rest of the tick? It might be helpful to get it all tested.
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Did you keep the rest of the tick? It might be helpful to get it all tested.
No, in fact, I lost the tick. I dont think I could have screwed this up any worse if I tried.
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It will be OK! Thank goodness for your mom's help, and maybe testing the head and/or your daughter's blood will be enough...I'm really not sure how that all works. Big hug to you!
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No, in fact, I lost the tick. I dont think I could have screwed this up any worse if I tried.
It's okay, mama. I am so insane about ticks because we live right near Lyme, CT - where Lyme disease came from. The ticks are out of control this year!

I literally check everyone head to toe when we come in from outside and DH looks at me like I have seven heads but his whole family and our dog have Lyme and I really don't want the boys to get it.

I would have freaked too but you have an appt, the doctor will get it out and the tests will be done which is most important. I wish I could say something more reassuring though but try to be calm for her.
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