Tick Bite Danger

We all know that ticks can carry diseases, but most parents don't know that some ticks carry a poison that can actually cause paralysis.{} Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease are the most common ailments people associate with tick bites.{} They can definitely be serious illnesses but doctors say there's another disease caused by the tick's saliva that can partially paralyze a child to the point that they can't even breathe.{} Dermacentor Variablilis is what some call a dog tick.{} In rare cases, it can have a neurotoxin in its saliva that causes paralysis.{} The paralysis travels from the ankles up to the knees to the hips to the arms and then up to the diaphragm so the{}child{}can actually quit breathing.{} Very few ticks actually carry the poison, but it is important that if your children play in the woods, they wear insect repellant.{} If your children experience swollen glands after being bitten by a tick, doctors say you should bring them in for a check-up.