Child Paralyzed With Rare, Mysterious Illness | Wednesday Checkup

  • Published: 08 August 2019
  • A disease is causing children to be paralyzed and the CDC has more questions than answers. On this week's Wednesday Checkup, we are covering the rare and mysterious Acute Flacid Myelitis. In this episode, you'll find out all the info we do have on the illness as well as what you can do to protect yourself and your kiddos.

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Comments • 3 906

  • Evelyn Dalia
    Evelyn Dalia  15 hours back

    This is so scary!😯

    • Prabhath Iam
      Prabhath Iam  22 hours back

      I got fever the last day,but i was feeling good in the night,but i thought i should take rest so didn't go school,but the nest day my legs are feeling a bit weak so i am currently walking so the become active again .
      What happened to me

      • Marley G.
        Marley G.  4 days back

        whats the difference between AFM vs GBS ?

        • Verushka Naidoo
          Verushka Naidoo  5 days back

          I have another question kinda weird . When I run at school for short distance ( 100m ) after I am at the finish line I generally have a really dry throat and I begin to tear up because of how dry my throat , is this normal ?

          • Verushka Naidoo
            Verushka Naidoo  5 days back

            Hey , I have a random question 😅. I was wondering how old approximately should you be when all of you milk / baby teeth fall out ? Or should I ask a dentist ? 😅

            • Alfia Rahmath
              Alfia Rahmath  6 days back

              ok but like my symptoms match what he just said

              • JoJo.
                JoJo.  7 days back

                If they were to give an xray would it show up since it's a virus? Or am i just delusional rn

                • Jassem Salim
                  Jassem Salim  1 weeks back


                  • Clau luevani
                    Clau luevani  1 weeks back

                    How about video on Kawasaki disease? Saw an episode of mystery diagnosis where even the doctors didn't know the symptoms. Mom at hospital called a help line for doctor replacement (forget the actual terminology) and doctor that came in knew immediately it was Kawasaki on the last day that treatment could be administered to save child's life. I've never forgotten that episode about 6 to 7 years now. Hope you see this and talk about this disease.

                    • Clau luevani
                      Clau luevani  1 weeks back

                      Also discuss about the option patients have to have another physician come in if they feel that care is lacking or inadequate. Like the mother did in this episode.

                  • Lilac Whisper
                    Lilac Whisper  1 weeks back

                    Funny, I have most of the first week symptoms at the moment.

                    • brassberserker 4
                      brassberserker 4  2 weeks back

                      Bee woop!

                      • Heavy D
                        Heavy D  2 weeks back

                        Dr Mike and chubbyemu collab

                        • Dynamite Plays
                          Dynamite Plays  2 weeks back

                          My birthdays in August....

                          • Bey Hacks
                            Bey Hacks  2 weeks back

                            6:55 doesn’t it sound like ALS or Lou Gehrig disease who my grandfather and dad died of a month ago

                            • gamer Tuc
                              gamer Tuc  2 weeks back

                              Does this disease happen in cats

                              • Gavi Taylor
                                Gavi Taylor  2 weeks back

                                uhhh Polio wasn't eradicated?

                                • Ashley Delgado
                                  Ashley Delgado  2 weeks back

                                  I really wish dr. Mike would make a video about epilepsy because I want to know and learn more about it since I’ve had epilepsy for my entire life‼️

                                  • Guedo Arpayan
                                    Guedo Arpayan  2 weeks back

                                    I’m so glad that my nephew is turning 6 in a year that doesn’t spike but thank you so so so much mike for telling me about this. Ima go tell my sister right away

                                    • Guedo Arpayan
                                      Guedo Arpayan  2 weeks back

                                      *mike* get vaccinated
                                      *No one *
                                      *Absolutely no one *
                                      *parents against vaccines* vaccines kill

                                    • Bianca Lagana
                                      Bianca Lagana  2 weeks back

                                      I have two toddlers and this will have me kept up all night 😭 I couldn’t imagine .

                                      • Silly Cat Does Everything

                                        U said I wouldn't be alarmed but I'm very scared tbh though I'm not 5 (dur) I'm way older

                                        • Luzélle Kearney
                                          Luzélle Kearney  2 weeks back

                                          It's funny that you brought up measles because I had my shot and 2 weeks later I got measles then 2 years went by and I refused to get the shot and again 2 weeks later I got measles but according to my doctor it because I already had the virus inside me just saying whether or not you get your vaccine you can still get sick so don't be dumb and think not vacationing your kid is going to change anything

                                          • MasonFeurer Does Minecraft

                                            Oh no, plague Inc is real life

                                            • Cadence Hoffman
                                              Cadence Hoffman  2 weeks back

                                              Srry cant watch i will get anxity peace out

                                              • Fiona Payte
                                                Fiona Payte  2 weeks back

                                                And now, polio’s back...

                                                • Prince's Princess
                                                  Prince's Princess  3 weeks back

                                                  What to look for in AFM sounds similar to how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T

                                                  • Karen Barnett
                                                    Karen Barnett  3 weeks back

                                                    Thanks for covering AFM. A girl in my daughter's school came down with it back in December 2014 and is still on a vent. I'm glad to see how awareness has improved since that time. I pray we find an answer soon!

                                                    • Lili Ren
                                                      Lili Ren  3 weeks back

                                                      Polio cannot be fully eradicated unfortunately due to the use of OPV. Now that more people in developing world are against vaccinating their children, it will be inevitable for polio to make a return to the developed worlds once the polio vaccination rate drops below vaccination threshold for herd immunity. My uncle was fortunate to just be crippled from polio, I do now wish that on anyone.

                                                      • Lakie yt
                                                        Lakie yt  3 weeks back

                                                        It's gonna hit a probably higher peak because of anti vaxxers

                                                        • Anna Hollow
                                                          Anna Hollow  3 weeks back

                                                          Is there any research linking Polio and AFM? If they have the same or similar symptoms I'd look into it... But that's just me.

                                                          • Promo Solutions
                                                            Promo Solutions  3 weeks back

                                                            Maybe it's something they ate?;-;

                                                            • angela greenbelt
                                                              angela greenbelt  3 weeks back

                                                              I know it's a bit late polio hasn't been irradicated.

                                                              • SMileyR12349
                                                                SMileyR12349  3 weeks back

                                                                I got entrovirus (don't know the number) in sep 2016. I was 21 at the time. I had the same symptoms I was paralyzed too. Now, three years later, I still need a respirator, I have two assistants 24/7 because of that and I sit in a wheel chair but I can walk shorter distances. They say that I can get out of the respirator but otherwise I live on the hope.

                                                                • iva_m
                                                                  iva_m  3 weeks back

                                                                  Do you think the virus that is suspected to cause afm is somehow related to genetics? As in someone might be inherently prone to develop afm because of some kind of dna marker?

                                                                  • madasaki sharabea
                                                                    madasaki sharabea  4 weeks back

                                                                    Dr. Mike: polio was eradicated because of vaccine

                                                                    Philippines: hold my beer

                                                                    • Sonja K.
                                                                      Sonja K.  4 weeks back

                                                                      In the beginning I thought, Dr. Mike is going to talk about the "Guillian-Barre-Sydrom", I first came across on YouTube, when I googled for videos about caring for a high level quadriplegic.

                                                                      I never ever expected to meet someone with this syndrom, but about two years later, my mom´s cousin got it - out of nowhere - and thankfully the doctors knew how to treat this right away, so he was able to recover within a little over 6 months ... !

                                                                      • Ice Cream Addict
                                                                        Ice Cream Addict  4 weeks back

                                                                        Pause on 2:49
                                                                        Turn on captions

                                                                        It looks like he said, "However, on day six, the child suddenly developed an arm."

                                                                        • Desiree' Knotts
                                                                          Desiree' Knotts  4 weeks back

                                                                          when the usa becomes a slow moving real life version of plague inc

                                                                          • Will Gemstone
                                                                            Will Gemstone  4 weeks back

                                                                            It is just me or does it sound like "PLAGUE_INC."

                                                                            • Clay Wieter
                                                                              Clay Wieter  4 weeks back

                                                                              This video is crazy because my friend last year around November ish had a spinal cord stroke and woke up paralyzed and it made me really nervous because I didn’t know that could happen but now I guess it was probably afm

                                                                              • zSauce
                                                                                zSauce  4 weeks back

                                                                                Sounded like a Chubbyemu intro

                                                                                • Jessica Bryant
                                                                                  Jessica Bryant  4 weeks back

                                                                                  So happy I watched this tonight! I can't wait to bring this topic to my nursing clinical tomorrow. I'm currently in nursing school but would love to become an NP someday. I would love seeing how your team of nurses uses collaborative communication in the findings of a rare disease such as AFM.

                                                                                  • Emily Chick
                                                                                    Emily Chick  4 weeks back

                                                                                    It was discovered in 1962 from California. Also known as rhino viruse. Weird other countries have built an immunity to afm.

                                                                                    • Keri M
                                                                                      Keri M  4 weeks back

                                                                                      You mentioned the similarity between Polio and AFM.. While Polio was 'eradicated' what if this is a evolutionary offspring of the Polio Virus?

                                                                                      • destiny barnes
                                                                                        destiny barnes  1 months back

                                                                                        I think you should make a video of Toxic Shock Syndrom. Long story but I had TSS when I was 9 (I think. I dont remember too much from being in the hospital. I only know what I was told and have some vague memories). Had a fever of 105.5 and the first hospital I went to said to come back when it was 106. Long story short, they did a lot of tests, I had fluid around my heart, organs were beginning to fail, and tests were coming back normal. Had no idea what I had and TSS happens mainly in women using tampons but I was 9, had just started my period but wasnt using tampons. After everything, I started getting better and the doctors weren't really sure what it was but they suspect it was TSS. Still not sure how it happened. The only reason the hospital (a different one from the first I went to) took me in was because after the first hospital said to come back when it got worse, we went to the doctor and when they called my name I stood up and went unconscious and they had to call an ambulance. TSS is a very serious topic women should know about and not a lot do. I'm currently going to school to be a nurse, possibly work in psychiatry, and right now I work with adults with disabilities.

                                                                                        • Abigail Akers
                                                                                          Abigail Akers  1 months back

                                                                                          Who else came from Mikey?

                                                                                          Jk ur vids are cool :)

                                                                                          • Josie
                                                                                            Josie  1 months back

                                                                                            Is this disorder related to Guillain barre syndrome? My mum was hospitalised with this a few years ago and the symptoms sound similar

                                                                                            • J B
                                                                                              J B  1 months back

                                                                                              Is AFM a concern for infants?