Can Lyme disease harm my unborn child?

Yes. Untreated, lyme disease can be dangerous to your unborn child. Lyme disease that goes untreated can also cause you to have brain, nerve, spinal cord, and heart problems. With early treatment, these complications can be prevented. If you suspect that you may have lyme disease, see your physician.
YES!!! There is strong evidence that mothers with lyme disease can pass lyme disease onto their baby in utero, which can result in fetal death/stillbirth, or the baby being born with lyme disease (which may manifest as autism among other problems). Fortunately, treating the mother with antibiotics during pregnancy generally prevents the baby from being infected. Seek care from a lyme specialist.

Related Questions

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease for a child?

Please see below. Early symptoms of lyme disease can include rash, flulike illness characterized by fever, chills, achy muscles or joints, headache, and malaise. In the area of the tick bite, lymph nodes can be enlarged and tender. Later, facial paralysis, meningitis, arthritis, and/or arrhythmias may develop. Read more...

Does it ever happen that a child have a bullseye bite mark and not have Lyme disease?

NO!!! A true bullseye rash, known as erythema chronic migrans, is considered pathognomonic of lyme- meaning it alone is sufficient evidence to diagnose l:yme. It is imperative to treat lyme aggressively as soon as possible to prevent chronic infections, ideally for a month. See http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/erythema_chronicum_migrans & http://www.Lymenet.Org/burrguide200810.Pdf (see page 18 & 19). Read more...

Can a child have a bulls-eye bug-bite mark and have something else instead of Lyme disease?

Anything is possible. But if the child has been in any area where there may be deer ticks they should be treated for lyme disease without waiting for serologic confirmation. Read more...
NO!!! Nothing else is known to cause erythema migrans, the bulls-eye rash around a bug bite that is seen in up to half of those infected with lyme. If one has a bulls-eye rash see a doctor knowledgeable about lyme right away, as the sooner it is treated the better. See http://www.Lyme-disease-research-database.Com/lyme-disease-rash.Html. Read more...

I had a baby 2 weeks & 4 days ago. PCP thinks I may have lyme disease & gave me Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875mg for infection. Is it safe to breastfeed?

Yes. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is safe with breastfeeding. However, it is best to avoid ANY medication in breastfeeding unless they are necessary. Hopefully your PCP is pretty certain about his/her diagnosis! I also recommend taking it right as you are finishing nursing so that it is at a lower concentration in your blood stream by your next feeding. And take probiotics while on antibiotics. Good luck! Read more...