Head lice are parasitic wingless insects they live on people’s heads and feed on their blood an adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed the eggs called nits are even smaller about the size of an Otten thread.The good news is that you cannot get any diseases from the bugs, and you can get rid of lice with proper treatment.
You will notice that your child has tickling feeling in the hair, frequent itching, sores from scratching, irritability and difficulty sleeping as head lice are most active in the dark.
See if your child has lice by sitting your child under a bright light.Separate hair into sections, and carefully search each section.
Look for nits that are attached to the hair.Lice and nits are more commonly found in the hair behind the ears and around the nape of the neck.
Use a shampoo or lotion specially formulated to kill lice. This usually involves lathering the shampoo into the hair and leaving it on for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
Many products are effective, but not all are used in the same way.Be sure to follow the directions.After rinsing, comb through the wet hair with the lice comb that comes with the shampoo.
Avoid shampooing the hair for a few days.This lets the medication continue to work.Since lice shampoos are often more successful at killing the lice than the nits, the directions may suggest using the product again within 7 to ten days.This helps to kill nits that have hatched since the last treatment.
Continue to comb through the hair once a day for several weeks to be sure you remove the lice and their nits.This is often easier to do with wet hair.
Use hot water to wash clothes, sheets, pillowcases, blankets and anything the person’s head may have touched.Seal non-washable items such as stuffed animals in a plastic bag for several weeks.Vacuum your carpets and furniture.Do not use lice-killing sprays as chemicals can cause more harm than the lice.
Lice don’t fly or jump.They often spread when kids put their heads together, wear each other’s hats or scarves, or share combs or brushes.Remind your child to avoid sharing those things.
Dealing with head lice can be frustrating, but be patient.Having lice can be embarrassing, anyone can get them.
Check for any signs of symptoms in your child. Start using the lice shampoo and the comb ASAP as these bugs multiply very fast.
Having head lice is not a sign of dirtiness or poor hygiene.These little bugs can be a problem no matter how often kids wash their hair or bathe.