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How to Check for Head Lice at Home
An Instructional Video and Step by Step Guide
The signs are there, you have the feeling you already know the answer, but you have to be sure. Does my child have lice? It’s the question all parents want to know the answer to when they see their son or daughter start to itch and scratch. You hope its a no, maybe its just dandruff, but still. You have to check them for lice. But how do you even do this? How can you be sure? The first place to start is with an at home head check and this video shows you the best way to check for lice, along with written instructions below.
And if you follow these steps, but still are not sure, then the good news is Lice Clinics of America – Vernon Hills is here to help. We specialize in these tiny hard to find bugs and can give you piece of mind in knowing the truth, and even rid your child of lice for good in under 2 hours. So if you try this head lice check method and still want to be sure, contact us today!
Step by Step Guide to Check for Lice
Start with Clean, Dry Hair
Contrary to popular belief, lice hate dirty hair. Starting with clean dry hair will make it easier for the lice to move around, thereby making it easier for you to spot the live ones. It also makes combing through the hair much easier.
Prep for Your Head Check
You will need a few items to do a proper lice head check. These include: a fine tooth comb and some hair elastics or clips (for long hair). Next, seat your child in a chair next to a table, and make sure you have very good lighting or sunlight. If you have access to a reading light this is even better. Dividing the hair into small sections makes the checking process go much easier.
What to Look For
During a head lice check, you are looking for nits, or lice eggs. They are tiny, smaller than a poppy seed, but are fixed to the hair, so they can often be easier to find than live bugs, which can run and hide.
Comb Through the Hair
Starting from the bottom, with your child’s head down, take small sections of hair and inspect at the scalp for eggs firmly attached to the hair. If it moves or flakes away easily that is more than likely just dry skin. Continue doing this process over the entire head, as shown in the video above. Focus on the “hot spots” behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
Check Early and Often
If you know they have recently been exposed to another person with lice, don’t just check your child once. Check weekly over a few weeks to make sure there are no lice, as early detection can be very difficult. It only take a couple lice to start laying eggs, which may be hard to notice at first, so your child could have them and not show the usual symptoms yet.
For the person doing the head check, remember to pull back your own hair to avoid being exposed as well. Using a head cover like a shower cap is ideal.
When in Doubt Call LCA Vernon Hills!
Checking for lice can be nerve racking. No one wants to go through the ordeal of getting rid of them. This can cause you to not notice what is actually there. To make things easier, just come to Lice Clinics of American in Vernon Hills, IL we will be happy to do the hard work for you!
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