Mother warning others of dangers of ticks after daughter suffers tick paralysis

Henrietta Strickland
June 13, 2018

She was also struggling to speak, her mother Jessica Griffin noticed.

It didn't last long, though.

The doctors said the child would return to normal between 12 and 24 hours, and sure enough, after 12 hours, Kailyn was back to her usual self.

Kailyn was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Centre and was able to walk out of hospital after receiving treatment. Symptoms usually begin to show about 4 to 7 days after the tick starts feeding. The condition can become life-threatening if the tick is not removed quickly, with the potential for paralysis to affect respiratory muscles. These symptoms can include an unsteady gait, muscle weakness and eventually, breathing difficulties, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Tick paralysis occurs mostly in the spring and early summer, and is reported more commonly in children, probably due to their smaller body mass. Symptoms tend to appear four to seven days after a tick bite and go away within 24 hours of removing the tick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most diagnosed patients recover within 24 hours, and there are typically no long-term problems afterward. "It's more common in children than it is adults", she wrote last Wednesday.

In Canada, tick paralysis is most commonly caused by the Rocky Mountain wood tick, with most cases in south-central B.C., he said. But the little girl was also having trouble talking.

The CDC recommends showering within two hours of coming indoors to reduce the risk of getting Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from tick bites, stay on the trail, wear light-coloured clothing and wear an insect repellant containing DEET or icaridin.

"I went to brush her hair to put it in a ponytail and noticed she could barely talk and when I pulled her hair back that's when I seen the tick", she added.

The grateful mom is hoping this experience will encourage parents to check their children for ticks on every surface and in every crease of their bodies. PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!

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