Summertime is regarded as the time for vacationing, lounging in the sun, and trips to the local swimming pool. It is also the time when insects are most active and plentiful.
In the summer, children especially, are susceptible to being bitten by the opportunistic little pests. One mother discovered just how her young daughter became a meal for some of the most dreaded summertime pests.
When Beka Setzer’s daughter, Emmalee, came back inside after playing in the yard her legs were covered with what Beka thought was dirt or seeds. As it turns out, they were “seed ticks” which are the larval stage for the bloodsucking insect. Apparently, Emmalee had been playing in a nest of them!
Independent Journal Review has more:
Beka Setzer’s daughter, Emmalee, was playing in the yard of their Ohio home, rolling around in the grass last summer.
As Good Housekeeping reports, when Emmalee came inside for a nap, the mother noticed small, black dots under her daughter’s fingernails and all over her body. Thinking nothing of it, Setzer brushed the seed-like black dots off of her.
That’s when she realized the black dots were actually ticks, seed ticks to be exact.
Beka Setzer reported about her experience in a Facebook post to warn other mothers:
She wrote on Facebook:
Thinking they may have just been seeds I tried to wipe then scrape one off and it was a TICK! She must’ve been playing in or near a nest of tick larvae and was covered.
Setzer went through the agonizing process of picking every single tick off of Emmalee’s body:
I spent nearly an hour and a half picking off well over 100 minuscule baby ticks off of her, gave her a long dawn dish soap bath with repeated washing, washed all bedding, clothing and toys she came into contact with afterwards and administered Benadryl.
The mom thought that was the end of it.
But the next morning, Emmalee woke up with a fever, a large swollen lymph node, and red bumps began appearing on her legs.
Setzer took Emmalee to the doctor, where she was put on ATB’s and antihistamines.
The shocked mother shared her story so that other parents can watch out for the easy to miss ticks that could be crawling around on their children:
I want to make every parent aware of what these look like so you can be on the lookout. They’re not as easy to see as the ticks you’re likely looking for on yourself or children.
Tick season is here again and everyone needs to be on guard against them since it isn’t just the nasty sores people can get from the tick bite that should cause concern. Ticks also carry some of the most dangerous diseases known:
- Lyme disease.
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Relapsing fever.
- Colorado tick fever.
Here’s hoping everyone has a fun, happy, safe, and tick free summer!
Source: Independent Journal Review