Unfortunately, head lice can be an unavoidable part of childhood. One of the tedious and tricky parts about head lice is determining if they have them or not.
What makes lice so troublesome is they are teeny tiny little insects that blend in easily with hair and are so minuscule to the point where you can barely see them. Don’t worry, there are a few clear and obvious signs indicating your children or loved ones might just have head lice.
What To Watch Out For
- Any itchy scalp is the most common sign and if your child cannot stop scratching at their head, it might be time to consider if head lice are a possibility.
- Difficulty sleeping; head lice tend to be more active at night so if your child is having trouble sleeping that could indicate head lice.
- Any sores or red bumps on the head, neck, and shoulders might also mean head lice.
- If your little one mentions any tickling sensations or a feeling of something moving around on their head and hair, chances are it’s head lice.
Steps You Should Take to Confirm Your Child has Head Lice
You will want to locate a magnifying glass and a flashlight, as searching for head lice is not an easy task to the naked eye. Don your gloves and have someone else hold the flashlight above your child’s scalp. Be sure to grab segments of hair and point your magnifying glass above the scalp.
If you see small white flecks almost like sand at the base of their scalp, those are lice eggs or nits. Be aware that dandruff can look very similar to nits so it is best to take a lice comb and from the base of your loved one’s head try to comb out the nit. One of the main identifiers that it is head lice eggs and not dandruff is it will be much harder to remove the eggs from the scalp. If all the above criteria are met, unfortunately, it is safe to assume that you have head lice.
Time to Bring Your Child into Lice Clinics of America Green Bay
Unfortunately, it has become a universal truth that at-home treatments do not work and are very time-consuming and ineffective. Skip lathering your child’s head in olive oil and instead bring them to Lice Clinics of America. Our lice treatment in Green Bay is fully equipped to handle head lice and make sure it’s a headache you don’t have to deal with. We have a three-step lice removal process that has a 99% success rate. Book an appointment today and let our clinicians handle the rest.