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Wherever there are furry mammals in the wild, there will be ticks. Were it not for the fact that these creatures can infect humans with disease, they would simply be a nuisance. Unfortunately, most areas of the US harbor at least one or more tick-borne diseases.
A female tick's function in life is to latch onto a suitable host and obtain a meal of blood so that she can produce more little baby tick-lets. This she does by hanging out on the vegetation, waiting for a warm-blooded creature to brush by her particular leaf of grass or whatever. Ticks are well adapted to clinging to animal fur; the tick then makes its way to a suitable site on the animal's body to settle down, burrow in and engorge itself on a blood meal.
This adaptation makes ticks also very adept at latching onto clothing, from whence they seek out warm, protected places on the body to engage in their feeding behavior. While the vast majority of tick bites lead to no harm to the host, it is a good idea to remove and dispose of ticks properly, and to be aware of the possibility of infection.
To properly remove an embedded tick, certain precautions should be taken:
Be aware that tick bites on the scalp almost always result in swelling of the nearest lymph node, generally behind the ear or just above the nape of the neck, and always on the same side as the bite (just as happens with other sores on the scalp). These are usually small - about one-half inch or less in diameter - and roll around under the skin when you feel them (i.e., "mobile"). They may be mildly tender to touch, but the skin should not be red over the node. If it is, or you have any doubt about the swelling, call your child's doctor.