Head lice are a part of childhood and they’re unfortunately inevitable. However, the tedious and tricky part about head lice is determining if they are actually there or if it is just an itchy effect.
What makes head lice so tricky is they are tiny little insects that blend in with hair and are so minuscule to the point where you can hardly see them to the naked eye. However, there are a few unmistakable signs and symptoms indicating your child might just have head lice.
What To Look Out For
- Itchiness 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; If your child has trouble sleeping that could indicate head lice because lice tend to be more active at night.
- Any red bumps or sores found on the head, neck, and shoulders might also mean head lice.
- If your child starts complaining about a tickling sensation or a feeling of something moving around on their head, chances are it’s lice.
Steps You Should Take to Confirm Your Child has Head Lice
First, you will want to find a flashlight and magnifying glass, as searching for head lice is not easy to the naked eye. Put on some gloves and have someone else hold the flashlight above your child’s scalp. Make sure to grab sections of hair and have your magnifying glass pointed above their scalp.
If you see tiny white flecks almost like sand, at the base of their scalp those are lice eggs (nits). However, sometimes dandruff can look very similar to nits, which can be extremely misleading. It is best to take a lice comb and from the base of your child’s head try to comb out the nit. The one key identifier that it’s lice eggs and not dandruff is it will be much harder to remove the eggs, they are very sticky. If all the above criteria are met, unfortunately, the dreaded is confirmed, your child has head lice.
Time to Bring Your Child into Lice Clinics of America Milwaukee
Unfortunately, at-home remedies do not work instead they are extremely time-consuming and utterly ineffective. Skip lathering your child’s head in mayonnaise and instead bring your child in to Lice Clinics of America. Our lice treatment in Milwaukee, WI 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.