How Did a Tick Temporarily Paralyze a Little Girl?

How Did a Tick Temporarily Paralyze a Little Girl?

After tons of blood work and a CT of the head UMMC has ruled it as tick paralysis!

"I was just thinking that her legs were asleep until I noticed that she couldn't hardly talk", writes Griffin.

Griffin followed up with a photo of her daughter walking out of the hospital later that evening.

Griffin said Kailyn was "perfectly fine" the night before, but things took a "scary" turn on June 6 when she woke her up for school. The reason? A tick bite.

Kailyn was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Centre and was able to walk out of hospital after receiving treatment. The condition can become life-threatening if the tick is not removed quickly, with the potential for paralysis to affect respiratory muscles.

Tick paralysis is a rare disease that's thought to be caused by a toxin in tick saliva, according to a 2006 report on the condition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

After a female tick feeds for five to seven days, the toxin builds up in a person's system. These symptoms can include an unsteady gait, muscle weakness and eventually, breathing difficulties, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most diagnosed patients recover within 24 hours, and there are typically no long-term problems afterward.

The mother said she noticed the tick when she went to brush Kailyn's hair.

Women and children are most at risk.

The little girl made a full recovery in hospital.

Preventing this disease is the same as any other tick-borne illness: don't get bitten, and remove any attached ticks promptly.

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.

"I think people should get out there and enjoy the great outdoors, just remember ticks are out there", he said.
She also wrote a lengthy warning to parents, urging them to check their children for ticks.

"PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!" she posted, in part.

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