With the children in school, it’s only a matter of time before a lice infestation breaks out in our region. Children tend to play in close proximity to each other. Plus, they share their favorite headwear and clothing, even toys, which provide a vehicle for head lice to spread. Even tough-and-tumble games on the playground can help the spread of lice. Of course, at the end of the day, your child comes home to the comfort of your living room, playroom or kitchen. But they may not be alone – those few head lice they acquired at recess came along for the ride! And now, you’re at risk. So yes – you should schedule prompt head lice treatment for both yourself and for your children.
What Are Head Lice?
First, let’s examine what head lice are. Lice are small parasites that feed off the blood from your scalp. They’re small – each one is approximately the size of a sesame seed. Over time, the head lice can spread to encompass the entire scalp. An adult louse will lay around 10 eggs per day. These eggs, known as nits, can be found close to the scalp, attached to the hair itself. It is here that lice feed off your blood.
Further, head lice are tough. They have evolved over the years to withstand being fully submerged underwater, being doused with over-the-counter medications, and getting all sudsy from your average shampoo. But it’s downright troublesome to rid your scalp of head lice – at least, without professional help it is!
How to Tell If Your Child Has Head Lice
Did you notice a scratching response to that telltale itch? Or did the school nurse send home a note stating head lice were being passed around? In any case, you now suspect your child has head lice. Whether they do or not, it’s definitely time to check! Interestingly, only one in three people experience the telltale itchiness of a head lice issue. They have lice all right, but everything else seems to be business as usual.
If your child tends to itch, it will likely be focused around the ears or back of the neck. The itching here is often more severe. To investigate, first use a fine-toothed comb to sift through the strands of hair. Inspect the comb after each pass-through. If lice are present, you’ll notice either adult lice or nits on the comb.
Family Lice Treatment
How easily do lice spread? Coming into direct contact with someone who has head lice will not always result in transmission. You may not receive head lice from your children at all. However, it’s best to be checked by an expert.
Scheduling for a head lice examination is a breeze. If you’re calling for your child, just mention yourself, too – it only makes sense. The safe treatment process begins with a thorough head check and comb-out at a professional head lice treatment center office. If your scalp and hair show no presence of head lice, you’ll be notified immediately. If you do have lice, then the next stage in the treatment process can easily handle the situation then and there!