Toddler Hospitalized After Spider Bite

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A mother in Charlotte, N.C is warning parents after her two-year-old son was hospitalized because of a black widow spider bite.

Erin Walker lives with her husband Lucas and their three children. Erin says her middle son was the one who noticed it: a black widow spider in the pool with two-year-old Beckett.

Nobody was crying or saying anything about pain,” Erin said.  “I still checked them all over you know, from head to toe.”

She says that she didn’t see any bites, so she pulled the boys inside and didn’t think much of it until about an hour later.

“[Beckett] started complaining about his stomach hurting him,” she remembers.

Lucas got the phone call as they rushed to the hospital. “I could hear him crying in the background,” he said. “It was a serious cry. He was just in so much pain. It’s heartbreaking to see your little one suffering like that.”

Doctors later said the spider did bite Beckett, but neither the symptoms nor the bite itself showed up right away.

Erin has now taken to social media to warn other parents of what she learned the hard way.

Any regular parent wouldn’t really think after an hour and a half after being bitten that any symptoms would show up,” she said.

N.C. experts say that the spider is more common than you may think, and the Southern Black Widow can be found all across Tennessee.

“They’re actually really common in the area, and they’re pretty standard pest that we would deal with on a day-to-day basis,” said Ryan Dunn of Triangle Pest Control Charlotte. “In fact, it would be surprising if you went into any crawlspace or garage and you didn’t find at least one or two black widows.”

He says that children and seniors are particularly susceptible to the black widows’ venom, which is said to be 15x more venomous than rattlesnakes.

“If there’s anywhere that you’re not using a whole lot on a regular basis, or kind of a dark area, it’s definitely something to look for and just be aware they can be there,” Dunn said.

Beckett is thankfully making a full recovery.

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