If your child spends long periods of time with other children outside of the home, there’s a good chance that sooner or later they’ll bring home some unwanted visitors – head lice. They have nothing to do with how clean or dirty your child’s hair is, but you’ll need to be diligent in treating them to get rid of them! What should you do?
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Head lice or nits?
Lice are tiny brown insects that move around the hair and scalp. Nits are the eggs, which are tiny, white or black and stick to the hair. These will hatch within a week and become lice (which are active for several weeks).
How do you know if your child has head lice?
If your child has head lice you’ll be able to find evidence of lice and nits on close inspection of their hair. It causes an itchy scalp, so you may notice your child scratching their head more often than normal.
How should you treat it?
You can buy a nit comb and solution for washing their hair from your pharmacist. Follow the instructions carefully. At the same time, you should check other household members and treat them too if lice or nits are found. Don’t treat anyone who shows no evidence of infestation. Once treated, your child can return to school or daycare the next day. Notify the school or daycare to be on the watch for other outbreaks.
You need to treat again about a week later to kill any nits or lice which were missed the first time. As a precaution, tie long hair back when your child is attending daycare or school and check their hair regularly.
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