How to Check for Lice
HOW CAN YOU BE SURE?
The only way to be sure someone has head lice is to find a live louse by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb.
The best way to check for head lice is to wet your child’s hair. Use a bright light to spot the lice and a very fine-toothed comb for lice removal. There are specially designed lice combs available at LCA Kingwood. Part the hair and shine the light near the scalp. Most lice live about a quarter of an inch from the scalp. That’s where the warmth and humidity of the human body is most hospitable. The best place to start is around the ears and the nape of the neck.
SIZE AND COLOR OF LICE
Head lice can be difficult to spot, even when the head is closely inspected. They’re very small whitish or grey-brown insects that range from the size of a pinhead to the size of a sesame seed.
If your child has lice, you’ll see small brownish specks about the size of a sesame seed—they will likely be moving. Even if you don’t see lice, run the comb slowly through the hair from the scalp outward. Wipe the comb with a white cloth or paper towel. If lice are present, you will see them in the on the towel.
SIZE AND COLOR OF NITS
Lice eggs, or nits, can be even more difficult to identify. They are even smaller, glued tightly to hair shafts, and are often indistinguishable from hair to the naked eye. It can be helpful to use a magnifying glass to look for small bumps on hair shafts—as if the hair shaft had been tied in a knot. A good louse comb will pull out both lice and nits.
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About Lice Clinics of America – Kingwood
LCA Kingwood has one goal in mind: to give parents and family the safest, most complete and effective head-lice treatment available allowing you to be lice free.
Our lice treatment is FDA-cleared and formulated (with no toxic chemicals) to get rid of lice every time, for every person, with just one treatment. We guarantee it.
Lice Clinics of America – Kingwood
2330 Timber Shadow Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339