- December 15, 2019
- Posted by: Leanna Indellini
- Category: Blog
Discovering your child has lice is one thing, but trying to remove them can be downright overwhelming. Unfortunately, spotting lice in your child;s hair isn’t always easy and in fact, trying to remove both lice and spot nits can seem impossible.
However, it’s important that every parent knows how to check for head lice. In fact, if you receive a note saying that your child has lice, knowing how to find them is crucial for getting rid of them as soon as possible.
Keep reading to learn how to check for head lice.
Identifying Lice and Nits
Before you can identify lice, you need to be sure that your child definitely has them and not just dandruff. Looking for lice means that you’re going to have to inspect your child’s hair and scalp for any adult lice and nits. You can tell someone has lice by noticing the symptoms such as the appearance of flecks and constant scratching.
Head lice come in three forms; nits, nymphs and adults. Nits are the eggs that lice can lay. They can lay up to five of these eggs a day. Nits are attached to a person’s hair shaft and take about one week to fully hatch. After hatching, it takes another week for them to become adult lice. Adult lice are about the size of a poppy seed, has six legs and can range from gray to white. People who have darker hair colors will have darker colored lice, which makes them very hard to see.
How to Check for Lice
If you notice that your child is constantly scratching their head, neckline or behind their ears, check their head immediately. Before doing so, go into an area that has good lighting or use a flashlight. Start looking behind their ears or the bottom of their neck and gradually work your way up. Lice and nits are able to be found anywhere, however, they prefer to hide in warmer places. Thus, making the bottom of your child’s hairline a great place to start looking.
Once you’ve finished inspecting the first part, split your child’s hair in half and go over each section for nits and lice. Repeat this process until you’ve gone over your child’s entire head. If your child has head lice, you’ll need to take them to a lice treatment center.
Checking Yourself for Head Lice
If you noticed that your head is itchier than usual or you feel a crawling sensation, you have to inspect for lice. But, this is easier said than done, especially if you live alone. If you’re left to deal with this alone, here are a few tips that can help:
- Step 1 – Check behind your ears because this is where the lice will most likely lay the nits.
- Step 2 – In order to find out if you have nits and not dandruff, try pulling them out by shaking your head. If they don’t come out, then it’s not dandruff.
- Step 3 – If you’re able, put another mirror in front of the one in your bathroom. This allows you to check on the base of your neck. Lift your hair up and see if you spot any lice crawling around. Again, this may prove to be very difficult if your hair is darker. If you do spot lice or nits, visit a head lice treatment center Chadds Ford.