What Lice Look Like

Having head lice in a family can cause stress.  Proper screening is an important skill to have if there are children in a family.

It is recommended that young children are regularly screened for head lice.  Screenings and early detection make stopping the spread of head lice much easier.  When children are regularly screened for lice, the problem can be nipped in the bud early and the lice will have a harder time finding new hosts to infect. 

“Lice is a challenging one because it can go through schools very quickly, particularly in young children,” says Dr. Bonnie Henry.  Read more…

Home screenings, performed by parents, are a great place for families to start.  Wet checks are the gold standard when it comes to proper screenings, and knowing what to look for is an important part of diagnosing a lice problem. 

Lice eggs, known as nits, are very small.  They attach to the base of a strand of hair, near the scalp.  They are often yellow or white and are about the size of a knot in a piece of thread. 

Young lice, known as nymphs, are hatched nits.  Nymphs are immature lice that mature into full adult lice 9-12 days after hatching.

Adult lice are sesame seed sized bugs that have 6 legs.  They are tan or gray in color.  A female louse is larger than a male louse.  They can live, on a human host, for about 30 days. 

Head lice and head lice nits are found almost exclusively on the scalp, particularly around and behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head. Head lice or head lice nits sometimes are found on the eyelashes or eyebrows but this is uncommon.  According to the CDC…

It can be hard to detect a lice infestation without proper coaching on how to identify head lice.  Lice are often mistaken for globs of hairspray, dandruff, or just dirt in the hair.  The experts at Lice Magic can help you there and treat your kids for head lice in the comfort of your own home. 

The technician will do a “wet” hair check on each member of your family to determine who has lice. Every member of your household, including frequent visitors such as nannies, housekeepers, and extended family members, should be checked for lice also because when one member has lice, it is likely that others do too.  Read more…

 

 

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