Little girl temporarily paralyzed after tick bite

13 June, 2018, 19:32 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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To prevent tick bites, experts urge anyone spending time in wooded or grassy areas to wear insect repellant, socks, hats, long trousers, and long sleeves.

After waking her daughter to get ready for daycare, Jessica Griffin noticed that Kailyn struggled to stand on her own and was slurring her speech, according to news reports.

Her daughter had been fine when the family went out to a T-ball game the night before, Midway, Florida, ABC-affiliate WTXL reported. Initially, she brushed it off by saying that her daughter's legs were sleeping. Griffin initially thought the girl's legs were asleep, but took her to the hospital when she was unable to speak coherently. Kailyn could barely talk to her mother.

"Scary is a understatement", Griffin said in a post on Facebook.

According to The Washington Post tick paralysis is rare in children, but when it does present is more common in little girls because ticks can easily hide in their hair.

Kailyn has since recovered and was discharged from University of Mississippi Medical Center on June 6, Jessica Griffin wrote on Facebook.

After testing, Kailyn was diagnosed with tick paralysis.

In Canada, tick paralysis is most commonly caused by the Rocky Mountain wood tick, with most cases in south-central B.C., he said.

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Symptoms usually begin with numbness or tingling, fatigue or weakness.

Fortunately, tick paralysis is easy to treat: simply remove the tick and the symptoms will subside with 12 to 24 hours - that is, if you remove the tick properly.

"I honestly have never even heard of that before", Griffin said.

It was unclear where or when she thought her daughter had acquired the tick, or how long it had been on her body. Griffin wrote, including a raised hands emoji. She included two photos in her post, which were the tick in Kailyn's head and the removed tick in a plastic bag.

"We are going to be encountering more and more cases because we are seeing more and more ticks", said Jim Wilson, President of Canada Lyme Disease Foundation.

Memphis-based lawn care company TruGreen released a list of cities in the United States that are most affected by ticks.

The main treatment for tick paralysis is completely removing the tick, including all of its mouthparts, since they contain the salivary glands that produce the toxin.

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