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The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness - Pediatric Clinic

Lyme disease affects all age groups, but with their affinity for being active outdoors, children ages 3 to 14 are at the greatest risk with an estimated 200 cases per day. While we have treated pediatric Lyme at the Dean Center for years, the growing impact of the disease on this patient population spurred us to launch a dedicated clinic that applies our trademark team-based strategy to meet the specialized needs of children and their families. Lyme disease and other tick-borne co-infections can have profound adverse effects on a child’s normal development, from cognitive functioning to social interaction to academic performance. In addition, pediatric patients must cope with the symptoms and stressors of a chronic debilitating illness, most notably persistent pain. The challenge of correctly diagnosing Lyme disease is especially acute in children, often leaving families to wander from specialist to specialist, sometimes for years, without concrete answers or appropriate treatment.

With a focused team of experts in rehabilitation medicine, infectious disease, psychiatry, case management, and more, our Pediatric Clinic at the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness takes a holistic approach to caring for children and their families. We design tailored treatment plans, addressing the disease from all angles, with the goal of giving all our young patients a healthy and happy childhood.