A five-year-old child had to be admitted to hospital after falling ill with suspected Lyme disease.
William Bargate was bitten twice within five days by two separate ticks after playing at a Conwy Council owned park on Llwynon Road on the Great Orme, Llandudno.
Three days after the initial tick bite on Friday, March 22 - which is understood to have been attached to William's head for up to 36 hours - he began to suffer flu-like symptoms including tiredness, muscle pain, headaches and a fever.
His mother Adelle Bargate, 37, took him to see a doctor but says that as he did not have the visible circular rash associated with the disease it was thought he had just contracted a viral infection.
But days later, William was taken to see the doctor for a second time after being bitten again.
As well as being unable to move his neck, he had also developed severe and worsened flu-like symptoms.
"On the second visit, the doctor acknowledged the potential infection and gave him 10 days worth of antibiotics" Ms Bargate said.
"But his symptoms were worsening and I was really concerned so I took him to A&E in Bangor on Saturday.
"They took him straight to the children's ward where he was immediately sent for blood tests and that's when they said they were treating it as Lyme disease.
"It's really difficult to get a positive test of Lyme disease so as a precaution to his nasty symptoms he is now on a three week course of antibiotics."
William was discharged from hospital on Sunday with three weeks worth of antibiotics. He will need to go for further tests later this week to monitor the suspected disease.
Lyme disease is often spread to humans by infected ticks - small, spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of humans and animals.
They are commonly found in woodland and grassy areas, as well as livestock such as sheep and goats - which are regularly seen wandering around the Llwynon Road park.
Ms Bargate added: "I’ve lived on the Orme for more than 16 years and I never had ticks pulled off me as a child, it only seems to have become a bigger problem over the last two years.
"I don't think it's being taken seriously enough in the area, I feel as though I am the only person who is making a noise about the number of them around here.
"Nobody seems to be doing anything about it and I'm worried more children will become sick because of them.
"Every time my children play outside I have to strip them and check them for ticks."
Her son's illness comes after Ms Bargate found a tick on her eight-year-old daughter Briony's head in June last year, which she suspects had been there for around two days.
It was the second tick she had found on her daughter in a week.
At the time, a number of families also reported finding the tiny blood sucking insects attached to their child’s skin after they were playing in and around the same park on Llwynon Road.
Public Health Wales declined to comment due to patient confidentiality.
Conwy Council has been approached for comment.
What are ticks?
Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of humans and animals.
They are commonly found in woodland and grassy areas.
After latching on to the skin, they start to feed on the blood.
Their size depends on the stage of its life cycle, and whether it has fed recently.
Tick bites don’t necessarily hurt, which often makes it hard to notice whether you have been bitten.
How to remove ticks safely
Removing a tick quickly and correctly can help to reduce any potential risk of Lyme disease if you have been bitten.
The safest way to remove a tick is to use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.
Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
Pull upwards slowly and firmly, as mouth parts left in the skin can cause infection.
Once removed, apply antiseptic to the bite area and keep an eye for any changes.
Contact your GP if you begin to feel unwell.
Those who spend long periods of time outside should perform tick checks regularly.
Ticks prefer warm, moist places on your body, especially the groin area, waist, arm pits, behind the knee and along hair lines.
Young children are more commonly bitten on the head/scalp, around the neck, behind the ears and along the hairline.