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Is there anything I can do to help my son's recovery from Lyme?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 01, 2011 at 7:00 PM

This morning I found an engorged deer tick on my son's armpit along with the bulls-eye rash. (OMG. I thought I was thorough checking on Saturday after traipsing around in the woods.) Got the kid to the doc today and we're starting him on antibiotics.

Anyway, my question: Is there anything dietary we should or shouldn't do as he's going through this round of antibiotics? We do have some white rice now and again... Will that cause problems? My son (2 1/2) has never had antibiotics or a scare with any illnesses beyond the common cold or a fever, so dealing with something like this is completely new to me.

Is this a situation wherein I should do more along the lines of GAPS/auto-immune w/ fermented foods or just keeping going as we are (some raw dairy for the kids, occasional white rice)?

(The doc was, as I expected, unhelpful in answering this question. Wasn't even our usual doc.)

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on December 24, 2012
at 03:25 PM

^There is no age requirement for probiotics wtf. Probiotics are something you should be getting every single day from the first day of life until the day you die.

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on December 01, 2011
at 10:28 PM

Not sure if probiotics are recommended for his age, but something to think about during and after the antibiotics have done their damage.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on December 01, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Thanks! I should be able to get some liver over the weekend. The kids already take vit D.

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on December 01, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Thank you! The doc today was hesitant to treat without a + blood test, and just prescribed 2 weeks of antibiotics. I just made an appointment with the regular pediatrician for a follow-up so we can get a longer treatment/ follow-up testing.

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on December 01, 2011
at 08:17 PM

Yes, definitely get a full month of the antibiotics, and then make sure he is tested after the antibiotics administration to be sure it is gone, you definitely don't want this problem to revisit him in the future.

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on December 01, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Antibiotics need to be given for a full month. Most physicians will unknowingly write prescriptions for shorter times then this. Two week course of antibiotics will not be enough a full month of antibiotics is necessary. You should aslo try to get the tick tested for Lyme. Lyme is a growing problem that is being intentionally ignored or at least underdiagnosed as well as under treated.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 01, 2011
at 08:17 PM

Yes, definitely get a full month of the antibiotics, and then make sure he is tested after the antibiotics administration to be sure it is gone, you definitely don't want this problem to revisit him in the future.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on December 01, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Thank you! The doc today was hesitant to treat without a + blood test, and just prescribed 2 weeks of antibiotics. I just made an appointment with the regular pediatrician for a follow-up so we can get a longer treatment/ follow-up testing.

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on December 02, 2011
at 02:34 AM

I found this site this morning researching protein powders to help stop my weight loss. Am dealing with what appears to be chronic lyme with co-infections and lost 15% of my body weight since getting infected May-July 2010 My heart goes out to you...the tick may have been a tiny nymph or was on clothes and got back on your kid another day- a common occurrence. always check when coming in, before bed, and again the next morning 1st thing. 2 of 3 last ticks removed from me were during the night after checking twice between a hike and bedtime! PLEASE get & read a copy of Healing Lyme by Stephen Buhner. Chapter 1 details how ticks infect us with Lyume and some of the many other infectious organisms they can carry. easy read and GREAT info-although somewhat scary to think about very much. The odds are very high your son is infected with more than one organism and there are at least 2 that the Lyme antibiotics do NOTHING for; each of which requires different treatments. I pray no Babesia there as it was horrid to deal with although many slough it off naturally. Ticks widely carry Babesia species &/or Bartonella species &/or the mysterious 'Bartonella-Like Organisms' (the 'BLO's have NOT been identified by western medicine-YET!) The book also describes various treatments and makes an excellent case for use of herbs both for treatment and preventatively.

EDUCATE yourself! this is of PRIME importance for anyone living in Lyme endemic areas.

Had I done a thorough job educating myself it is possible that I would not be 15 months into treating Lyme complex of which I only tested positive for Babesia duncanii despite having done the complete Western Lyme Panels at Igenex Labs. the best Lyme testing lab around.

GOOD LUCK and I really hope your son only got Lyme and the medications wipe it out. 3-4 weeks treatment with something like amoxicillin or doxycycline is the minimum needed.

I'm off to buy some Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate- THANKS for a GREAT site! geoffrey

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on December 02, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Only thing I can add to this discussion is to reiterate that there is a high rate of false negatives on the standard Lyme tests. From what I am seeing in my research, the generally accepted idea in the Lyme community now is that:

"If you had the rash, you ARE infected."

So I would urge you to proceed on that basis whether you get a positive blood test or not.

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on December 02, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I would make sure to feed him things like yogurt and pickles to get good bacteria going again after the antibiotics. They really mess with your system but are certainly very necessary in this case. (My kids used to love pickles- hope yours does too.)

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on December 01, 2011
at 08:52 PM

I would make sure he is solid on the fat soluble vitamins, especially D and A.

1 kid size serving of beef liver once per week and taking a kid-appropriate dose of vit D (probably around 600-1000IU per day) should take care of it.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on December 01, 2011
at 09:04 PM

Thanks! I should be able to get some liver over the weekend. The kids already take vit D.

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