It is possibly every parents worst nightmare. When something terrible happens to your child and you do not know what exactly is wrong with them or how you can help them.
For Karen McGregor, this horror situation became reality very quickly for her. One particular day, she discovered an unusual rash spreading across her 2-year-old sons body – and immediately her motherly instinct kicked in telling her something was very wrong with her child.
It was at this point that Karen recalled a Facebook post she had seen days before, and immediately rushed her young son to the nearest doctor.
Initially, she thought that the rash was a result of her son playing in high grass.
But then, she recalled a post she had read on Facebook a few days before the rash appeared.
The post related to Lyme disease and how to spot the symptoms and what they look like.
Lyme disease is spread by ticks when they feed on a persons blood, and Karen had not discovered any tick on her son.
Not wanting to ignore the fact that it may be Lyme disease, she decided to take her son to a doctor for a diagnosis.
Her decision would turn out to be a very decisive one.
The doctor informed Karen that her son was suffering from Lyme disease due to getting bitten a few weeks prior to his rash appearing.
Thankfully, due to her quick thinking when she noticed the rash, her 2-year-old was able to get the treatment he required.
He was given antibiotics to combat the Lyme disease and soon showed a vast improvement.
After her ordeal, Karen took it upon herself to warn other parents about the dangers of this disease.
She believes that it was the Facebook post that she had read that helped save her son’s life, or a least saved him from the disease taking hold and possibly leading to a very different life for him. She is now encouraging parents to be vigilant for the signs and symptoms on their children.
“Had it not been for the post I read, I never would have known it was something more than a simple rash caused by being the long grass!” Karen McGregor writes on Facebook.
Hundreds of thousands of people have shared Karen’s post on Facebook — and many doctors have even shared the images of her son’s rash.
“Feel free to share this post — I would love nothing more than to have our scary situation educate others about what to look for this summer,” Karen writes on Facebook.
About Lyme disease
Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. The infection can cause, for example, meningitis, arthritis and, in the worst cases, paralysis. However, if you remove the tick immediately, chances are, you won’t get infected, writes the Center for Disease Control in the United States.
The first sign of Lyme disease is usually a bulls-eye shaped rash called an erythema migrans (EM) rash. It usually takes one to four weeks after the bite to appear and can grow to 12 inches (30 cm) across. The skin might feel warm to the touch, but it won’t be itchy or painful.
According to the CDC, these are also common symptoms of Lyme disease:
Muscle and joint aches
Swollen lymph nodes
With Summer quickly approaching, tick season is now upon us. Be sure to keep a close eye on your chilfren and always check them for ticks after they play outdoors especially in high grass. Ensure that they always wear clothes that cover their bodies while out in nature. Long sleeved shirts or sweater, long pants and shoes and socks will suffice.
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