This article is from the Lyme Disease
FAQ, by Milo7
According to the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases
(DVBID), children aged 0-14 years are at highest risk for acquiring Lyme
disease. This is likely due to their recreational activity in backyards,
woods, parks, on school playing fields, as well as through daily contact
with family (tick-carrying) pets.
The presentation of Lyme disease in children is frequently characterized by
symptoms including: backache; sleepiness; memory problems; pronounced
difficulty concentrating (which is commonly misdiagnosed as a manifestation
of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)); stomach pain (50% complain of this);
dramatic mood swings and irritability; chest pain; joint pain primarily in
the knees, wrists, and ankles; sore throats; heart palpitations; tingling
or numbness; rashes that come and go; letter and number reversals; eye pain
(caused by swelling of the optic nerve); weakness in a limb; and Bell's
palsy (facial paralysis).
For more information on Lyme disease in children:
Children and Lyme Disease
Neurologic Manifestations of Lyme Disease in Children
Fairfield County Weekly Article, "Erin's World"