what I think a lot of people (non LL) don't realize is how much at risk our children are. I am not speaking personally, my son is grown, he is 17 and already has it.
I am worried about the children now, who are outside playing spending probably hours each day outside.
what is going to happen when this generation grows up? what kind of percentage of them are infected? is it 20-30%? could it be as high as 50%? what is going to happen when they all start having problems and a huge number of them are disabled.
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Actually, probably have topped out already because where I live kids don't play outside anymore.
I know what you mean. And with it being passed congenitally and sexually from people who don't know they have Lyme, this problem will likely signifigantly increase over the years. We need to raise more awareness of this disease!
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I have been thinking about this too. I don't like the idea of kids having to wear toxic tick repellants. Can kids have essential oils tick repellant on and be ok?
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I know, I just cringe thinking of kids playing out in the grass.
Here's something that is a good education & awareness tool:
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT October 11, 2007, Suffolk County
``Children of Lyme'' Town Hall Meeting - Sat. October 20, 2007
Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc. and Keith Romaine, Brookhaven Town Councilman candidate (631-880-0673) will host an open public meeting, ``Children and Lyme Disease'' on Saturday October 20th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. It is being held at the Manorville Firehouse at 16 Silas Carter Rd, Manorville. We will hear directly from our children about how devastating it is for them to have chronic Lyme disease and how it has affected their lives. We will also learn about hope and recovery from these children. Members of the public are invited to share their own experiences as well.
This is an important meeting that all parents should attend to learn about Lyme disease prevention, symptoms and treatment. Lyme disease is the number one vector-borne disease in the United States. Special topics will include the Autism-Lyme disease connection, psychological and neurological Lyme disease and the complexity of tick-borne diseases.
Guest Speakers include Diane Blanchard, Co-chair Time For Lyme, Eva Haughie, Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Cheryl Viserto, Lyme Induced Autism Foundation, Anna Scatalino, Psychotherapist, Parents of Lyme: Jennifer King, Virginia Anez, and Children of Lyme: Dan H, Stevie M, Trisha K, Mary H, Mary O, Leilani S , and more.
From the children: ``I went to a lot of doctors who couldn't figure out what was wrong with me.'' ``My mommy also told me to always tell her when my legs or feet or if my body hurts anywhere. I'm telling her allot because I hurt allot of the time.'' ``Our pediatrician said it was just ``growing pains'' and that we had an overprotective mom.'' ``It is amazing how many doctors I saw during those weeks and none even considered this disease.'' ``My Lyme doctor saved my life.''