This Mother Is Creating Awareness among Parents about Her Toddler’s Near Fatal Infection After A Tick Bite

4He would scream in pain

Kayla said that Jackson would be sleeping and drowsy all the time and would only wake up during the routine  diagnostic tests when it would hurt him so bad that he would end up screaming in pain. Eventually he would fall off to sleep again without eating because he simply had no appetite. He refused food and remained hungry for nine days.

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It just so happened that Jackson was diagnosed with the life threatening Rock Mountain Spotted fever which is one of the deadliest bacterial tick borne diseases in the Americas according to the CDC.  It was also estimated that 1 in 1000 wood and dog ticks are infected with RMSF and when they bite humans they transmit the disease that causes rash, fever, headache, muscle pain, no appetite, nausea and vomiting.

He would scream in pain

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5The symptoms of RMSF

In RMSF, a rash will typically appear within two or four days after a tick bites the victim.  Even if the tick is removed from the body, the symptoms don’t show up immediately which is why people don’t usually know what caused their condition.  This makes the disease difficult to diagnose and it goes untreated while the symptoms are attributed to other issues. However, this is the dangerous part because if the disease isn’t treated in time, it may deteriorate and lead to organ failure which becomes life threatening. It is fortunate that the fatal result is rare and just 0.5% of RMSF cases have ended in fatality as per the CDC.

The symptoms of RMSF

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6The condition can only be treated with antibiotics

Kayla says that she was not sure what could have happened if she hadn’t taken Jackson to the hospital in time. Doctors treated him with intravenous doxycycline immediately because this is the best course of medication in the case of RMSF for both children and adults.

Kayla says “[Doctors] couldn’t tell us if he would make it through because he was decreasing so rapidly into organ failure, he plateaued right above organ failure then has slowly been making his way back up to being healthy.”

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The condition can only be treated with antibiotics

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7He is still in hospital

Jackson was still in hospital on June 3rd when Kayla narrated her story. She says her son will be considered out of danger only after he has been treated with antibiotics for 10 days and will be fever free.  Even as she had spoken to reporters, his fever was persisting and they were still in hospital.  Kayla is updating Jackson’s condition on her Facebook page.

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He is still in hospital

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8Jackson is improving

A few days ago she posted that Jackson had a heart echo done and everything seemed normal. His heart murmurs were less stressed and he was also very alert. He began talking and also attempted to get off his chair and walk however he is not supposed to put too much weight on his feet. She says he has been eating a lot of Slim Jims which have become his favorite food. He is still on class IV antibiotics and cannot take them orally just yet.

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Jackson is improving

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