Tick Bites 5-Year-Old Girl’s Head; She Woke Up Paralyzed

  • Tick Bites 5-Year-Old Girl’s Head; She Woke Up Paralyzed

Tick Bites 5-Year-Old Girl’s Head; She Woke Up Paralyzed

A mother is warning other parents of tick dangers after her daughter was left paralyzed.

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

But while brushing Kailyn's hair, Griffin found a tick in her daughter's scalp.

"PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!" she wrote.
Griffin, of Grenada, Mississippi, wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday that seemed a mixture of worry and relief.

Tick paralysis is caused by a toxin released by the saliva of certain ticks when they bite someone, usually around the head or neck, he said. Although it is rare, tick paralysis is important to recognize because it can be fatal or almost fatal. It can manifest as fatigue, numbness and an increasing inability to move, according to the foundation. In addition, muscle pain, restlessness and irritability can occur. Usually there is no fever and no headache. Reflexes can be absent and, in severe cases, respiratory muscles can be affected, making it hard to breathe.

After a female tick feeds for five to seven days, the toxin builds up in a person's system. Some cases in livestock have been caused by the American dog tick, found east of Saskatchewan. Ticks are most active from April through September, The Washington Post has reported.

Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Kailyn Kirk, 5, who is recovering from a case of tick paralysis.

There were 992 Lyme disease cases in 2016, 6 times more than in 2009, when thefederal government began tracking the illness. The reason? A tick bite. "We have to start taking ticks more seriously".

Tick paralysis has been frequently misdiagnosed as another disease that causes paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), according to a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Medical Toxicology. Through their research that ran between January and December 2017, they found that Chicago, Boise, Dayton, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Rapid City, South Dakota, and St. Louis had the most ticks in their cities. The condition can become life-threatening if the tick is not removed quickly, with the potential for paralysis to affect respiratory muscles.

It was removed and Evelyn, like Kailyn was walking the next day. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and enclosed shoes, can also help.