How To Check For Head Lice

How To Check For Head Lice

Head lice are one of the biggest pains in the head for parents, as these insects are very common in children between 3 and 11 years old. They cause itching and discomfort in kids and are highly contagious. Sending your child to school without treating it promptly is very risky. Although, adults in close contact with children who are carriers are also not exempt from catching it. Learning to check for head lice to determine if these insects or their eggs are present is fundamental. This is the only way we can attack this outbreak from the beginning and get rid of it as soon as possible. In this oneHOWTO article we will explain in detail how to check for head lice.

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How do you catch head lice

There are several ways of catching lice, one of the most common is by sharing personal items such as hats, combs and brushes with a carrier. These insects are so common in childhood, because children spend much of their time sharing personal items in the classroom.

The problem with lice is that they reproduce quickly, laying their eggs all over your hair. These eggs are known as nits, they are white, and sometimes they can be mistaken for dandruff. But they are easy to distinguish, so in our article entitled how to differentiate nits from dandruff, we explain how.

Symptoms of head lice

Lice feed on blood which they suck from our heads, so whenever they suck it is normal that your scalp feels itchy. The itchiness of the head progresses as the infection and infestation grows, it is the main symptom that you have these insects. For more information take a look at our article on the life cycle of head lice on humans.

We're talking about a constant and intense itching in different parts of our head.

Another sign that you have lice is that you can sometimes feel these insects walking on your scalp, causing discomfort. If the lice are not removed, they increase in size as they suck more blood, which is why we can feel them walking on our heads.

It is normal to have small scratches and cuts on the scalp, due to the itching that the lice produce. This is another sign that shows the presence of these insects in your hair. If you think you have lice, just carefully check your hair to find nits and lice.

If your child has the symptoms described above, you'll only need to spend a few minutes checking his or her head. Next, we show you the steps to do it properly.

How to check for head lice

The first thing to do is to wash the hair under the sink or with a water spray, as with slightly wet hair will be easier to detect them.

Once the hair is wet, place a chair right under the room's spotlight and ask your child to sit down, this will give you better visibility. We advise you to purchase a lice comb especially designed to get rid of lice, but if you don't have one you can use a normal comb instead.

Next, you'll have to examine the base of the hair strand by strand with the help of the comb. Check carefully for lice or their eggs, which are tiny white or yellow particles with a teardrop shape. There are usually stuck to the scalp.

Pay close attention to the area behind the neck and behind the ears as the temperature in these areas is constant and less hair falls out here. For these reasons, lice usually live in these areas.

Moreover, if there are lice you should be able to see them on the comb used. But, if you are still not completely sure, shake the comb firmly on the bathroom sink or on a piece of paper and you'll quickly be able to see if there are any. Finally, clean the comb under the sink so that the water washes away these insects.

If you discover your child DOES have lice, it will be necessary to start adequate treatment immediately. You must ensure that none of your family members get infected by them too.

In the following articles you'll be able to find some useful tips to get rid of these parasites:

  • How to tell the difference between nits and dandruff
  • The life cycle of head lice
  • Home remedies for head lice
  • Using apple cider vinegar to get rid of head lice

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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