A mother has shared a warning about the dangers of tick paralysis after her five-year-old daughter woke up struggling to walk.
Jessica Griffin of MS posted the story of her daughter, Kailyn, to Facebook last week.
We had a bit of a scare this morning!
"PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!" she posted, in part. "It's more common in children than it is adults", she wrote last Wednesday. We are being admitted to the hospital for observation and we're hoping her balance gets straightened out! Kailyn woke up and couldn't walk!
After finding a tick in her daughter's hair, the mother said she rushed her little girl to the hospital.
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Tick paralysis is caused by a neurotoxin produced in the parasite's salivary gland. Prayers for this baby!
Griffin's initial post garnered more than 371,000 shares and 96,000 likes. She has been such a champ throughout this whole ordeal!
Griffin later shared another photo of her daughter leaving the hospital. The condition can become life-threatening if the tick is not removed quickly, with the potential for paralysis to affect respiratory muscles.
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.
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