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Old 06-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #31
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Please don't be so hard on yourself Mama, it's totally NOT your fault!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:27 PM   #32
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don't beat yourself up about it, i would have freaked out just as bad and probably done the exact same thing. i'm sure you'll feel much more at ease once she sees the doc. i don't know about the preemptive antibiotics, maybe wait to hear what the doc has to say first? we try not to do antibiotics unless we have no other choice, but i would definitely be worried and conflicted in your situation
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #33
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I really wouldn't worry too much about it, they say a tick has to be attached for 24 hours or more to spreads lyme and if it ws that small its unlikely it had been there long or it would have been bloated up at least a bit. The head being in is concerning but I do agree her body will probably work it out. I would not rush to put any child on a month of antibiotics, guaranteed bad problems with that, especially with a newborn, I would just keep an eye on it and her for any symptoms of Lyme, the bullseye rash, fever, extra cranky, etc.

I'm sorry you have had such a rough day!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #34
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Re: Help! Tick head stuck in newborns arm

The thing I don't understand is that we haven't been outside in two days! But surely if it had been there for two days I would have seen it by now, right?! Plus it was super tiny and flat. Maybe it was in the dirty clothes? I did do laundry this morning and the clothes we wore outside were in it. Is that even possible?

Thanks for helping me calm down. I have major anxiety in general and especially about my kids getting sick or hurt, and it seems like I've encountered extra things lately to make me worry. Maybe there's some lesson I'm supposed to be learning. Hopefully I learn it this time because I don't have the energy to keep worrying this much.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:00 PM   #35
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mama. Try to take it easy on yourself. Things happen sometimes and its not your fault! Just nurse her and cuddle her and go to your appt. I agree that you shouldnt mess with it anymore.

I have no idea if a tick can live on clothes or other objects like that. I have found ticks on my boys several times after being outside. We keep the grass very short and I think it helps but they still get them from time to time. I have had to pull a tick off of my ds3's penis . That was not fun.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:05 PM   #36
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Ok, I haven't read all the responses, yet. I jumped ahead to tell you to use alcohol.
Drip alcohol on the tick's head. Drown it. Get it stinkin' drunk.
It will come out MUCH easier after that!
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #37
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Ok, now that that is out there...just in case you are still trying.
That said, I would wait for the doc appointment and let them get the head out. It isn't your fault, mama.
Ticks can hide really well. And they can hang around for a while. It was probably around from when you were outside the other day, or even just from walking back & forth to the car. It was NOTHING you did! That is just the way ticks are. Deer ticks also do not bloat as much as other ticks, so its size really isn't a great indication of how long it had been on your LO's skin. I would sit back, snuggle baby, and let the doc take care of it.

I think that if they recommend antibiotics, I would do it. I am not a big fan of doing antibiotics "just in case", but I have had Lyme, and it is not fun. It is not the kind of illness that you can wait on until you have symptoms. Some of those symptoms can have long-term effects, even after antibiotics have run their course. Early treatment is essential.

Now, that is IF the ped thinks that there is a possibility of Lyme in this case. Most of the time, it really is no big deal. I've pulled at least 5 or 6 ticks off the kids already this year (one of the drawbacks of living near the woods), and they are both totally fine. I soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol, drench the tick, and use tweezers. They have all come out intact that way.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:48 PM   #38
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Re: Help! Tick head stuck in newborns arm

Back from the appointment. She got the head out pretty easily and said she wasn't concerned about Lyme. She said she really doesn't think it had been on there for 24 hours and it would have to be for her to get Lyme. They didn't do any testing. She said if she gets a fever or anything call, but otherwise she's not concerned.
Part of me is not thrilled with that answer and part of me agrees. I just bathed dd this morning so I don't really think I would have not seen it. I'm thinking it must have come off the clothes, what she's wearing today was near the dirty clothes.
I don't know, I kind of wanted them to test for it but I also read that the test results are not that reliable...so maybe it's best for me to just not worry unless I start seeing a reason to. I'm so exhausted I'm out of energy to worry right now.
Thanks for all the support mamas.
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