Jessica Griffin of MS posted the story of her daughter, Kailyn, to Facebook last week.
Griffin said Kailyn was "perfectly fine" the night before, but things took a "scary" turn on June 6 when she woke her up for school. Through numerous blood work and a CT scan, Kailyn's doctors diagnosed her with tick paralysis. She included two photos in her post, which were the tick in Kailyn's head and the removed tick in a plastic bag.
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Griffin later shared another photo of her daughter leaving the hospital.
Fun and laughter aside, Jessica wants her readers to be aware that tick paralysis is both real and unsafe.
A tick that may have been the cause of the paralysis was found and removed from the top of Kailyn's head. Griffin posted on her Facebook page. "It's more common in children than it is adults", she wrote last Wednesday.More news: Portugal cliff deaths: Victims identified as Perth couple
Symptoms usually begin with numbness or tingling, fatigue or weakness.
Symptoms can take up to seven days to develop.
The foundation reports that tick paralysis in humans is rare and typically occurs in children 10 years old or younger. Some cases in livestock have been caused by the American dog tick, found east of Saskatchewan.More news: Prince George pictured playing with a toy gun and people aren't happy
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.
In happy news Kailyn was able to walk out of hospital after receiving treatment. Griffin pleaded to parents to check their kids more often for ticks. 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.
Several other diseases are associated with ticks, the most well-known include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lindsay says that even people in urban areas should check their body for tick bites if they have been outside for a while.More news: Tickets still available for World Cup, including England opener
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.