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

Mum's parasite warning after daughter was left unable to walk

In a post on Facebook, Griffen, of Grenada, Mississippi, said her daughter "couldn't walk".

A mom in MS said she got the scare of her life last week when her young daughter temporarily lost the ability to walk after getting bit by a tick.

A MS mother panicked when her 5-year-old daughter woke up unable to walk, and could barely speak.

After blood work and a CT scan, the child was diagnosed with tick paralysis.

Griffin called her husband, who told her to immediately remove the tick, put it in a plastic bag, and rush Kailyn to the hospital.

If someone who has been outdoors in the spring or summer months suddenly becomes weak and appears to be getting worse, tick paralysis could be the cause.

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. Her mum Amanda Lewis posted to Facebook that her daughter Evelyn couldn't stand no matter how hard she tried. It's more common in children than it is adults!

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Unlike many other bites, tick bites don't usually hurt or itch at first. Scary is a UNDERSTATEMENT!

More than 40 tick species worldwide are known to cause tick paralysis.

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

Most previous cases of tick paralysis have been reported in children; typically girls, according to a 2012 report on the condition. It can start as fatigue, numbness and an increasing inability to move. 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. It wasn't until she was brushing Kailyn's hair and pulling it back into a ponytail that she spotted a tick. "We are being admitted to the hospital for observation and we're hoping her balance gets straightened out!" she wrote.

But the little girl was also having trouble talking.

Once it was removed, Evelyn was walking the next day. Symptoms normally disappear when the tick is completely removed. Later that evening, Kailin was able to walk out of the hospital.

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