Mother warning others of dangers of ticks after daughter suffers tick paralysis

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

Jessica Griffin, from MS in the U.S., said she did not realise anything was wrong with Kailyn until the little girl woke up last Wednesday morning.

A Grenada, Mississippi mother's warning to other parents after her daughter suffered tick paralysis has been shared thousands of times on Facebook.

The post, which received over 107,000 reactions and 414,000 shares, was followed by a photo of Kailyn walking out of the hospital with "Get Well" balloons.

The mother said she noticed the tick when she went to brush Kailyn's hair.

The mother of little Kailyn Kirk says when her daughter woke up Wednesday morning, she said she couldn't feel her legs.

Tick paralysis in kids
Jessica Griffin Facebook

Tick paralysis is most commonly caused by the American dog tick and the Rocky Mountain wood tick, according to Columbia University's Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center. "Her pediatrician said it had sucked so much over the night that it had gotten that big and released a toxin".

As tick paralysis usually disappears in 24 hours, Griffin posted later that Kailyn was back to her normal self.

Kailyn was left struggling to walk after being bitten by a tick. "PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks", she posted. Prayers for this baby!

Her original post racked up more than 103,000 reactions and almost 400,000 shares on Facebook as of early Monday.

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