Pregnancy, Infants. Toddlers, Teens
“If false results are to be feared, it is the false negative result which holds the greatest peril for
Gestational Lyme Borreliosis. Implications for the fetus. MacDonald,
AB, Rheum Dis Clin North Am,15(4):657-77.1989.
Syphillis and Borrellia are infectious disorders that have spread around the world.
Some doctors say 95% of the population of the world have Lyme or co-infections.
The CDC say that lyme is most common with boys aged 5-19.
Children with Lyme disease may miss important developmental stages, due to because of social isolation caused by chronic ill health, and the failure of their peers to understand the nature and degree of their illness. They may fall behind their peers in school because their brains are not functioning properly. Children suffer when their bodies hurt, when the illness causes them not to be able to have restorative sleep every night, when they must struggle in school, when they don’t even feel like playing. They may feel confused, lost, and betrayed by caregivers who fail to recognize that something organic is going on, but instead blame them.. Isolation from parents occurs when parents don’t understood the nature of the illness, and the implications for the child’s functioning.
Most children born with Lyme or a co-infection do go undiagnosed, unrecognised, un-treated or even mis-diagnosed, as Lyme is the great imitator. most children do get under treated as well.
It is about time that all health professionals, paediatricians, mental health professionals recognised that Lyme and co-infections can be passed via the placenta and children are born with the infection.
Children who have been previously diagnosed with learning or attention disorders and are complaining of other ailments should be tested for Lyme and co-infections.
It is vitally important that children do get treated as soon as it is found that they are infected.
Because Lyme symptoms can be vague and shift around the body on a day to day basis many children are seen as "Lazy" or emotionaly disturbed or attention seeking.
Children have a hard time explaining what is going on in their bodies and find it hard describing the symptoms.
Their symptoms can be seen as bizarre and unbelivable.
As the taught beliefs about Lyme is that there is a Bulls eye rash many proffessionals will dismiss Lyme as the cause.
What are the symptoms?
Joint pains, migratory and intermittent
Myalgias or muscle aches and pains
Sleep disturbance, night terrors, Insommnia, trouble falling asleep, Frequent awakenings, Sleep Walking/talking.
Aerobic exercise intolerance
Frequent infections, viral, bacterial and
Recurrent swollen lymph nodes
anywhere (neck, armpits, groin)
Flu-like illness at any time of the year
Fatigue, often unrelieved by rest
Neurological and psychiatric symptoms
Unexplained fevers, often cyclical
Chest pains, shortness of breath, dry
Urinary urgency and frequency, dysuria
or painful urination
Rashes of all kinds that come and go
Dark circles under the eyes
Intermittent red, hot pinnae or external
Neurological and Psychiatric Symptoms
Uncharacteristic behavior outbursts, mood
disturbances, irritability, emotional lability
Social withdrawal, decreased participation in
Suicidal thoughts in over 40%
Rage and anger management disorders
New onset anxiety disorders, phobias
Obsessive compulsive disorders
Hallucinations of all kinds
90% of children have a deterioration in academic or school performance.
Difficulty with: Concentration, attention, easily distracted, can be seen as having ADHD or ADD.
Word finding problems
Short term memory problems
Difficulties with auditory processing.
Difficulties with Visual sequential processing. Child can be seen as dyslexic,
Headaches of all kinds
Aberrations (mostly hypersensitivity) of
sensory stimuli of noise, light, sound,
Poor balance and coordination
Peripheral neuropathies – numbness and
tingling, distal parasthesias, subtle
weakness, severely painful neuralgias
Loss of previously acquired motor skills
Movement disorders – spasticity, ataxia,
motor or vocal tics
Cranial neuropathies, e.g. Bell’s Palsy
or optic nerve neuritis (can result in
Partial complex seizures
Peripheral motor weakness
Apparent demyelinating disease
Spinal cord involvement(myelopathies)
Pseudo tumor cerebri or increased
intracranial pressure, papilledema
Abdominal pains of all kinds
Changes in appetite
Mouth sores, sore throats
Changes in stooling patterns (unexplained
diarrhea or constipation)
Migratory, intermittent joint pains, esp. of
extremities, neck and spine and chest wall
Deep bone pains
Muscle pains, spasms, twitches
Loss of bladder control with return to wetting
during day or at night
Urgency and frequency, hesitancy
Frequent infections, esp. viral
Increased allergies and chemical sensitivities
Infants can be infected with Borrelia transplacentally in any stage of pregnancy
and/or via mother’s breast milk. The co-infections: Babesia, Bartonella,Mycoplasma and perhaps even the
Ehrlichias may be transmitted transplacentally to the developing fetus. Gestational Borreliosis can be associated with repeated miscarriages, fetal death in utero, fetal death at term (stillbirths),
hydrocephalus, cardiovascular anomalies, intrauterine growth retardation, neonatal respiratory distress, “sepsis” and death, neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, cortical blindness, sudden infant death syndrome
and maternal toxemia of pregnancy.
Borrelia spirochetes have been found at autopsy in fetal brain, liver, adrenal glands, spleen, bone marrow, heart and placenta None of the infected tissues showed any sign of inflammation Maternal antibiotic treatment during pregnancy does not guarantee that the fetus will be free of infection Mothers with Lyme disease should be treated throughout pregnancy
Infants either infected congenitally or from breast
milk can have Floppiness with poor muscle tone
Frequent fevers and illness early in life
Joint sensitivities and body pain
Gastro esophageal reflux
Learning disabilities and psychiatric problems
Infants infected congenitally can have
Small windpipes (tracheomalacia)
Eye problems (cataracts)
Infants infected with breast milk as well as infants
bitten very early in life will have many of the same
symptoms as congenitally infected babies
Infected infants often show a loss or decline in previously acquired developmental milestones
and become slower at learning new skills
Pre-schoolers and toddlers
Mood swings, sudden emotional outbursts
Regression of motor and social skills
Changes in play behavior, tire easily, less
Trouble falling asleep, frequent
Nightmares, new phobias, recurrence of
Diaper rash unresponsive to normal
Frequent URIs, ear and throat infections,
Parents and teachers may think any
unusual behaviors are just “normal”
adolescence or problems such as illicit
drug use or new onset psychiatric disorder
Mood swings, oppositional behaviors,
Self mutilating behaviors
Teenagers often do not report to or show
parents problems with their bodies
Teens can also turn to alcohol and illicit
drugs as self medication
Teenage girls may have pelvic pain or
menstrual problems, ovarian cysts, boys
may have testicular pain
Teens need to be aware that Borrelia may
be sexually transmitted and that a fetus
can acquire the infection from the mother during pregnancy
**Always consult a LLMD (Lyme Literate Doctor) or your own health care proffessional.**
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