Mother issues warning after MS girl diagnosed with ‘tick paralysis’

Jessica Griffin Five-year-old Kailyn Kirk who suddenly lost the ability to walk and talk last week due to a tick bite

In a post on Facebook, Griffen, of Grenada, Mississippi, said her daughter "couldn't walk". After tons of blood work and a CT of the head UMMC has ruled it as tick paralysis!

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.

A five-year-old girl from MS woke up one morning in June and couldn't walk. It was unclear what type of tick bit her daughter.

Kailyn was taken to University of Mississippi Medical Centre and was able to walk out of hospital after receiving treatment.

"Scary is a UNDERSTATEMENT!"

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, tick paralysis occurs when an engorged, egg-laden female tick transmits a neurotoxin to its host. Doctors told Griffin it was an uncommon condition called tick paralysis.

Symptoms can take up to seven days to develop.

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Most previous cases of tick paralysis have been reported in children; typically girls, according to a 2012 report on the condition. "It's more common in children than it is adults", she wrote last Wednesday. "These ticks have to go undetected on a person's body, usually on the head", said Lindsay.

And last year, Amanda Lewis woke up and found that her 3-year-old daughter, Evelyn, couldn't stand no matter how hard the little girl tried, according to the La Grande Observer.

Preventing this disease is the same as any other tick-borne illness: don't get bitten, and remove any attached ticks promptly.

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

But human children are also susceptible due to their smaller body mass. Girls get tick paralysis more frequently because the ticks can easily hide in a mass of hair, according to the foundation.

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!" she wrote.

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