Head lice are a common condition among children from the age of three to eleven, and are easily transmitted from one person to another in the same household. The best way to prevent this is to prevent children from having close contact with other people at home or at school, and to thoroughly check any child who has recently been in contact with a child who has lice. You can check for lice by using a magnifying glass or your naked eye, and remember to treat the affected area immediately.
Lice are tiny parasitic insects that live close to the scalp and feed on human blood. The first sign that you might have head lice is an itchy scalp. However, this symptom may appear several weeks after the infestation has started. In many cases, the infestation is gone by the time you notice the first symptoms.
The best way to prevent head lice is to wash your hair, combs, brushes, and other personal items with hot water and detergent. This will prevent lice from spreading to other people and will kill the existing ones. You should also treat everyone in the household who has had physical contact with a person with lice. Infection can also be prevented by not sharing hats, stuffed animals, and other clothing. Make sure you wash all clothing, hats, and personal items in hot water and dry in a hot cycle. If you are unable to wash these items, you can place them in a plastic bag and leave them out of the house for at least two weeks. Another effective way to kill head lice is by soaking hairbrushes in hot water.
Head lice are often difficult to see, so a magnifying glass or disposable gloves can make a difference. It’s also recommended that you use a bright light source to look for them. The best light source to use is a window with full sunlight or a bright light in your home. You can also use a magnifying glass to check their movements.