The idea of lice in a child’s hair can be unsettling for any parent. But, if you think there is a chance that your child might have lice, it is essential to check your child’s head and take action if necessary. Here are some helpful hints on how to check your child for lice.
Be on the Lookout for Symptoms
Children who have lice exhibit specific telltale signs. So, be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- A tickling feeling on the scalp.
- The sensation that something is moving in the hair.
- An Itching feeling on the scalp.
- Sores on the head that are caused by excessive scratching.
- Trouble sleeping.
Inspect Your Child’s Hair
Use a comb and a magnifying glass to look closely at your child’s scalp. Start your inspection at the base of the neck. Divide your child’s hair into small sections and look carefully for lice and lice eggs. Pay close attention to the areas behind the ears and nape of the neck. Also, look for sores or a rash near where your child has been scratching.
Look for Movement
This step is difficult, as movement in the hair is hard to see. But, look for signs of movement in your child’s hair.
Look for Eggs
Lice eggs, also known as Nits, are white or yellow teardrop-shaped sacs that get attached to hair follicles near the scalp. They may be there even if you cannot see them so feel around for them. If you feel something that seems like grains of sand, you have found them and need to take action.
Make Sure the Nits are Alive
Nits are only alive if they are within one-quarter of an inch of your child’s scalp. If they are farther up the hair shaft, then they are already hatched and could possibly already be dead.
Searching for Lice on Wet Hair
If you cannot tell if your child’s hair has lice when it is dry, try the following steps on wet hair.
- Get your child’s hair wet.
- Pour on lots of conditioner.
- Use a lice comb to separate the hair into sections.
- Look on the comb for lice.
- Shake the comb out into a plastic bowl after every swipe for easier viewing.
Using either the dry hair or wet hair method should give you a good indication as to whether or not your child has lice. If you cannot tell, it is best to go to a doctor or lice salon to get a definitive answer. If your child is infested, treat everyone in the house for it to make sure they are completely gone from your house.
If you want to be completely sure the lice are gone from your house, call Sorenson Pest Control and we can get the job done for you.