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Mom shares warning on Facebook after tick bite hospitalizes daughter

Mom shares warning on Facebook after tick bite hospitalizes daughter

She wrote on Facebook: "I was just thinking that her legs were asleep until I noticed that she couldn't hardly talk!"

After a female tick feeds for five to seven days, the toxin builds up in a person's system.

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

Staff at the University Medical Centre of MS discovered a tick embedded in the girl's scalp that had caused her temporary paralysis.

The La Grande, Oregon, woman posted a video on Facebook, hoping family members or friends could help figure out what was causing the girl's sudden odd ailment. Paralysis sets in slowly, starting in the legs and spreading into upper body, stopping your breathing if left unchecked.

In Canada, tick species that can cause paralysis are found mostly in Southern British Columbia and Manitoba, but other species, like known Lyme-disease carriers blacklegged ticks, are aggressively expanding into new territory, even urban areas.

Kailyn's doctors predicted that she would be back to normal in between 12 and 24 hours, "and sure enough within that 12 hours she was back to being her silly self, running and playing", Griffin said. It's more common in children than it is adults! The disease usually starts with fatigue and muscle pains.




As it progresses it becomes harder for the victim to move her face or tongue. We are being admitted to the hospital for observation and we're hoping her balance gets straightened out! If nothing is done, the toxin ultimately makes it impossible for a person to breathe, resulting in respiratory failure.

A 5-year-old girl faced a crisis just as she was getting ready to go to daycare.

The post was shared over 450,000 times, with over 118,000 reactions and more than 100 comments.

At the hospital that day, physician John Page saw that a 3-year-old had been admitted with ataxia and suspected that it might be tick paralysis.

The best way to avoid tick bites that can cause disease is to avoid walking through or brushing against vegetation and perform daily self-examinations for ticks.

In Mississippi last week, Kailyn Griffin had a similarly quick recovery. Later that evening, Kailin was able to walk out of the hospital. Griffin wrote on Facebook. He was previously a reporter for the Charlotte Observer. In the USA, the tick species that causes the most cases of paralysis in humans are the Rocky Mountain wood tick and the American dog tick.


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