If you are concerned that your child may have head lice, you should take your child to the doctor for a proper diagnosis. You should also notify the child’s day care or school, and ensure that you check other members of your family. If all family members are infected, it is important to treat them all at once.
You can spot the lice by looking for their eggs and droppings on the scalp and hair. They are most easily visible in small sections of hair, closest to the scalp. To check for lice, part your child’s hair into small sections and carefully examine each section. You should use disposable gloves to avoid scratching your child’s scalp.
To treat head lice, use a special comb made for lice removal. These combs are available online and at pharmacies. Make sure to start combing the same day you see the first signs of lice. The comb will also help you remove nits. Remember to wash your child’s clothing to prevent the spread of the lice.
Head lice are tiny insects, about the size of a sesame seed, with six legs. They live for up to 30 days on the head, feeding on small amounts of blood. Despite the fact that they don’t spread disease, frequent itching can lead to the scalp being damaged and infections. Treatments can eliminate head lice in two to three weeks.