5-year-old temporarily paralyzed after tick bite makes full recovery

13 June, 2018, 19:34 | Author: Kara Nash
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With a 5-year-old daughter she said was unable to walk and talk, a MS mom urgently warned parents to check their children for ticks.

MS mom Jessica Griffin received a massive scare when she found her daughter, Kailyn on the floor of their family home on June 6.

As tick paralysis usually disappears in 24 hours, Griffin posted later that Kailyn was back to her normal self. Following a CT scan and blood tests, doctors diagnosed Kailyn with tick paralysis.

"PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!" she posted, in part. She uploaded the picture of the bag and her daughter who was admitted in the hospital. Tick paralysis begins after a tick becomes attached to a person's head.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight tick paralysis as a rare disease caused by a toxin in the saliva of ticks, particularly the Rocky Mountain wood tick and the American dog tick, typically found in the Rocky Mountain states and the northeast USA, respectively. As she helped Kailyn with her hair, Griffin found a sight that greatly alarmed her. It's more common in children than it is adults! If the tick is left in the victim for too long, it can lead to respiratory failure and even death. Scary is a UNDERSTATEMENT!

More: Should I burn a tick off?

Symptoms do not start right away, but typically start to appear after the tick has been feeding on the person or animal for four to seven days.


Apart from tick paralysis, the ticks can cause a number of other heath disease like the Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and the rash illness.

The main treatment for tick paralysis is completely removing the tick, including all of its mouthparts, since they contain the salivary glands that produce the toxin.

But human children are also susceptible due to their smaller body mass. Girls get tick paralysis more frequently because the ticks can easily hide in a mass of hair, according to the foundation. A nurse bathing her after she was admitted to the hospital found a tick along her hairline.

But the little girl was also having trouble talking.

It was removed and Evelyn, like Kailyn was walking the next day.

"Look who is walking out of the hospital!" Symptoms normally disappear when the tick is completely removed.

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