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We've dealt with tick bites here, too. Every one of us has had at least one tick at one time or another. My 2 year old had two different tick bites last fall, both on his head. He didn't have the swollen lymph nodes though. But, one of the bites was very irritated looking. He never developed a rash, fever or anything else.
I've done a lot of reading on ticks and even wrote an article recently which will hopefully be published on-line soon (I'm a freelance writer). The key is to make sure you got the tick out before 36 hours has passed. I know it isn't always easy to know how long the tick has been in, but do you think it was less than 36 hours? Also, do you know if it was a small, deer tick or was it a larger dog tick? The larger ones do not transmit Lyme disease. However, they still can transmit other diseases, like Rocky mountain spotted fever. But, if you got it out quickly and are sure you removed the whole tick, then I would just watch your ds for signs of rash and/or illness. If none of these appear, then I wouldn't worry.
We used to call the doc with every tick bite too, and even went so far as to have my oldest tested for lyme once. But, our doc was being over cautious and it really wasn't necessary. In hindsight, I know the tick was out just a few hours after it latched on and it was a dog tick. But, we didn't know anything about ticks then and went into panic mode.
But, my philosophy is that if something is really weighing heavily on your mind and you think you will feel better by checking in with the doc, then by all means do it. Sometimes symtpoms of Lyme can appear much later, so at the very least, you should write down the date of the tick bite somewhere. Oh, and if you did not get the whole tick out, then you do need to take him to the doc to get the rest of it removed. It is important to make sure it is all out of there.
It can be transmitted in less than a couple of hours. Dog ticks CAN transmit Lyme, not just deer ticks, as well as fleas, mosquitoes, lice & biting flies.
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