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So, last night we had a gathering of friends (who happen to be neighbors), like we always do... as I am updating my friends on where I am with my diagnosis of Lyme and possible MS, telling them about the controversies involved in diagnosis and treatment... my almost nine year old comes to me and says "Mommy what is this?" Of course, just what I need it is a deer tick in his head. I got my tweezers and was able to pull almost all of it out completely intact. Perhaps the mouth and front lets were left, I tried to get those out as well. I am prett confident I got it all. ( I did read that those parts wil release on their own and eventually fall off. Supposedly, you are not supposed to "dig around"? Anyway, I cleaned it off and put the tick in a ziploc bag.

With the history of Lyme in our very small neighborhood and several confirmed cases, I have been very worried about everyone, but especially our kids that run and play here. Of course, after I pulled this tick off, I went to a room to let out a full blown crying session. It's one thing for me to be sick, but please not my baby!! I know it is a good thing we found it. I explained to the other kids there that my son did the right thing about coming to me and not trying to pull it out himself.

So, now what do I do? Before I became Lyme Literate myself, I might have just called the pediatrician, but I want to be sure I am not going to get caught up in the controversy with my son. I know this tick may not be carrying any diseases. He just came off of amoxicillan last week for strep (although he is now allergic to it).
Hi Funnymommy,
My good friend in Essex County in Mass. found a deer tick crawling across the face of her 2 year old yesterday! I hope the tick you found on your son was not infected.
In case you have not heard of it, an effective, environmentally friendly tick-control product is Damminix Tick Tubes.
When placed out in Spring & Summer, you can kill the immature ticks that will threaten your family the following year as adult ticks.

Happy Spring,

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