If you have a young child in school, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the panic that comes along with a lice outbreak in their classroom. Perhaps your child came home from school with a notice from the school nurse informing you that there has been a lice outbreak in their classroom. Or maybe you noticed your child diligently scratching their scalp at the dinner table with little to no respite. Regardless of how you find out about a lice outbreak, learning how to recognize and treat your child’s head lice is your best defense against an outbreak at home. At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, we’ve helped hundreds of parents successfully identify and treat head lice in their children. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common signs of head lice so you can be well-prepared the next time an outbreak occurs in your child’s classroom or school.

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While head lice can be frustrating and annoying to deal with, it’s important to remember that lice will not cause harm to your child’s health if they are treated right away. These tiny, wingless parasites feed on small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp, which can lead to an itchy head. Although head lice are very small, they can often be seen with the human eye when carefully examined. Below are a few things to look for while you examine your child’s scalp for head lice.

Signs of Lice Eggs

Also known as nits, lice eggs can look like small yellow, tan or brown dots on your child’s head before they hatch. Lice love to lay their nits on hair shafts close to the scalp because it provides the perfect temperature for keeping their eggs warm until they mature. Oftentimes, parents can mistake nits for dandruff, however if you can’t remove or shake the dandruff off of your child’s head, it’s likely lice eggs.

Unless your child’s classroom has been severely infested with lice, you’re more likely to see nits in your child’s hair rather than full grown lice crawling around their scalp. Lice eggs often hatch within one to two weeks after they have been laid and the remaining shell of the nit will likely stay attached to your child’s hair.

Signs of Adult Lice

A typical adult louse can appear grayish-white or tan and will look no bigger than a sesame seed on your child’s head. If you are unable to spot adult lice from a simple visual inspection, consider contacting the lice experts at Lice Treatment Solutions. All of our lice treatment solutions offer an all natural, non-chemical approach to ensure your child is safe from harmful and toxic chemicals.

Common Symptoms Of Head Lice In Children

If you fear your child has contracted head lice, either from their classroom or elsewhere, there are several telltale signs that they could be infected.

Scratching

Among the most common symptoms of head lice, scratching takes the cake. Since lice feed off of small amounts of blood from your child’s scalp, itching and scratching is a common side effect of these small parasites. Believe it or not, this is actually due to your body’s reaction to the saliva of head lice. If your child has extra sensitive skin, they may start scratching and itching their head right away. It’s important to note, however, that it can sometimes take weeks for children with lice to start scratching, so getting them checked by a head lice professional is always recommended.

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If you start to notice small red bumps on your child’s scalp, this could be a sign of lice infestation. While every child has a different reaction to head lice, your child may develop a rash on their scalp if the irritation is severe. In serious cases of head lice, children will scratch their head and scalp excessively to relieve the itchy and tickling feeling that lice produce. If your child scratches too much, it could lead to a nasty bacterial infection of the skin.

How To Search For Head Lice In Your Child

If you’re concerned your child may have head lice, there are a few things you can do at home to check for a possible infestation. First, check your child’s scalp for any signs of nits or lice by parting their hair in various places and observing their scalp. Make sure to check behind their ears and at the nape of their neck as well, as you may notice rashes where your child has been scratching. Since lice are very small and can move quickly, keep an eye out for any movement in your child’s hair.

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we’ve helped hundreds of parents successfully diagnose and treat lice infestations in their children. Stop by our clinic in Houston today for a head lice inspection or give us a call to schedule an appointment!