Most parents are less than thrilled with the thought of checking their child for head lice. But when you suspect your child has lice, check you must. Whether you notice symptoms or get the infamous school letter, you want to check for lice as soon as possible.
Head lice spread rapidly. The earlier you spot a case, the easier it is to treat. If you do confirm an infestation on your child, you’ll need to check the whole family. It’s important to confirm an infestation before undergoing any treatment. The following tips will help you check for lice at home. You can also visit our Jacksonville, Savannah, or Orlando head lice treatment centers for a thorough, professional check.
Note if your child has any signs or symptoms of head lice.
- Itching of the scalp, especially on the neck or behind the ears
- Tickling feeling on the scalp
- Feeling that something is moving in his or her hair
- Sores on head from scratching
- Trouble sleeping due to itching (head lice are more active in the dark)
What you need to check for lice.
- Bright lighting or a flashlight
- Lice comb (you can purchase one at a head lice treatment center)
- Magnifying glass
- Plastic bowl
How to check for head lice on dry hair.
- Start checking your child’s scalp by parting the hair in multiple places. Look especially closely at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.
- Check for any movement in the hair, especially when shining a light on it.
- Look for lice and their nits (eggs). Lice are the size of sesame seeds and white to grayish in color. Nits are tiny and hard to spot. They are white or beige in color and feel like a grain of sand.
- Nits can be hard to distinguish from dandruff. The biggest difference is that dandruff will easily brush off. Nits are glued to the hair shaft and harder to remove. A head lice treatment center like Fresh Heads can confirm if what you’re seeing is live nits or just dandruff.
How to check for head lice on wet hair.
- Some people find it easier to identify lice at home on wet hair.
- Wet your child’s hair.
- Apply a liberal amount of conditioner.
- Use a lice comb to go through your child’s hair in sections, from roots to ends.
- Look for nits to be caught in the comb’s teeth. You can also tap the comb into a plastic bowl to try to spot them.
If you’ve found an active case of lice, it’s time to check the whole family. Anyone who has any signs of head lice in the house will need to be treated. If you are still not sure after checking at home, visit a head lice treatment center for a professional check.
With locations in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Orlando, and Savannah, Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Centers offer thorough head checks for the entire family. And if treatment is required, the fee will be waived. Fresh Heads offers several options, including the AirAllé treatment. AirAllé is FDA-cleared to safely and effectively treat lice—without any chemicals. Call Fresh Heads at (407) 326-0560 to schedule your child’s head lice check or lice treatment.