Mystery paralysis in 5-year-old girl linked to tick bite
Mystery paralysis in 5-year-old girl linked to tick bite
Mother warning others of dangers of ticks after daughter suffers tick paralysis
13 June, 2018, 20:14
A mother of a 5-year-old from MS is now warning other parents to check their children for tickparalysis which has left her daughter temporarily paralysed due to a tick bite.
Jessica Griffin from MS said her 5-year-old daughter, Kailyn lost the ability to walk and talk after contracting tick paralysis.
A MS girl is lucky to be alive this week after contracting a rare tick-borne disease that temporarily cost her the ability to walk, Yahoo News is reporting. She then took Kailyn to the Medical Center where the doctors ran a number of blood test and took a CT scan. PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!
After medical examination it became clear that this paralysis ticks.
Still, Griffin felt alarmed enough to post the warning.
To prevent tick bites, experts urge anyone spending time in wooded or grassy areas to wear insect repellant, socks, hats, long trousers, and long sleeves. Scary is a UNDERSTATEMENT! It's more common in children than it is adults!
"We are going to be encountering more and more cases because we are seeing more and more ticks", said Jim Wilson, President of Canada Lyme Disease Foundation.
In 2006, four cases of tick paralysis occurred near each other and within a short period in Colorado, where the state usually receives about one case per year, according to the CDC.
After a female tick feeds for five to seven days, the toxin builds up in a person's system.
Symptoms usually begin with numbness or tingling, fatigue or weakness.
The paralysis is more common in animals, which are unable to check themselves for the ticks. Showering when you get home can wash away ticks that haven't attached yet and putting your clothes in a hot dryer will help to kill any ticks that may be caught in them. A nurse bathing her after she was admitted to the hospital found a tick along her hairline.
The little girl was immediately rushed to a hospital, where doctors confirmed that she'd been suffering from tick paralysis.
It was removed and Evelyn, like Kailyn was walking the next day. Griffin removed the tick and took her daughter to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with tick paralysis. Later that evening, Kailin was able to walk out of the hospital.
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