Mom says daughter, 5, temporarily paralyzed by tick bite

В США пятилетнюю девочку парализовало после укуса клеща

В США пятилетнюю девочку парализовало после укуса клеща

Jessica Griffin wrote on Facebook that doctors in MS performed a multitude of tests and a CT scan on her daughter, Kailyn, suspecting everything from a stroke to a neurological syndrome - until they found the cause of little girl's odd symptoms: A tick on the crown of her head. "She has been such a champ throughout this whole ordeal!", wrote Griffin. It's more common in children than it is adults! Then, she saw a tick on her head. This was brought on through a tick bite.

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.

Griffin later shared another photo of her daughter leaving the hospital.

She said that her daughter went to bed "perfectly fine" the night before, but last Wednesday when she woke her up for daycare things took a "scary turn".

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 US, respectively.

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. Paralysis sets in slowly, starting in the legs and spreading into upper body, stopping your breathing if left unchecked. Removing the tick usually provides symptom relief within 24 hours, though if the tick isn't removed, paralysis can spread to the respiratory system and can be fatal.

"Once the tick is found and removed, recovery is very rapid", said Robbin Lindsay, a Public Health Agency of Canada research scientist who specializes in ticks.

Which ticks can cause paralysis? Tick paralysis begins after a tick becomes attached to a person's head. Jessica said in her post, "I was just thinking that her legs were asleep".

To protect yourself from tick bites, stay on the trail, wear light-coloured clothing and wear an insect repellant containing DEET or icaridin. Girls often have longer hair than boys, which ticks can attach to and hide in, increasing the risk of tick paralysis, the report said. PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!

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