Lyme Disease in Children
Infectious disease clinics of North America
Child; Erythema Chronicum Migrans (complications, epidemiology); Female; Humans; Incidence; Lyme Disease (diagnosis, drug therapy, epidemiology); Male
Lyme disease is now the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the United States. The highest incidence is in children aged 5 to 9 years with a male predominance. The most common manifestation, erythema migrans, is sometimes not recognized, leading to risk of complications. Testing for Lyme disease should only be done if there is a consistent clinical syndrome with exposure in a Lyme-endemic area. Most forms of Lyme disease are successfully treated with short courses of oral therapy. Prevention and management of tick bites is important.
McCarthy CA, Helis JA, Daikh BE. Lyme Disease in Children. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2022;36(3):593-603. doi:10.1016/j.idc.2022.03.002