Symptoms of Head Lice

Strangely enough, symptoms of fleas on animals are much easier to read than symptoms of lice on humans. It seems more likely that there would be an exact correlation between the two types of tiny pests, but actually head lice can be more difficult to diagnose than fleas.

Sometimes children who merely have a little bit of dandruff are suggested to have head lice and are given a full blown treatment for lice, which, unsurprisingly doesnt help matters and sometimes makes things even worse.

Itchyness

Though one of the symptoms of a head lice infection is an itchy scalp, an itchy scalp can also be due to dandruff, sunburn or an insect bite. For this reason, you should never assume that your child has lice simply because you see him or her scratching their head.

In addition, some children who do actually have lice dont experience any sort of itchy feeling along with the infestation. Granted, for such instances, the childs infestation must be less serious than an average or serious case of head lice in order for itchiness to not be experienced.

Eggs

In addition to having an itchy scalp, your child will have small egg sacks attached to his or her hair. These egg sacks are very small and theyre very difficult to see because they are very much attached to the hair to which they are fixed and they are usually very close to the scalp, making spotting them unlikely and difficult. These egg sacks are a sign that live lice are present in your childs hair because the live lice are the makers of the egg sacks.

In a period of days, these egg sacks will open up and new live lice will begin maturing to, in turn, create their own egg sacks for hatching. This cycle can be a maddening one because anti-lice shampoos do not kill nits, they only kill live lice.

Nits

If youve confirmed, in the last week or so, that your child had head lice and since treated him or her with an anti-lice shampoo, spotting new nits is a sign that there are still some live lice hiding in your childs hair. In order to truly beat head lice youve got to kill the live ones and remove the sacks of baby ones waiting to hatch.

Seeing nits in your childs hair could be a sign that you need to repeat the anti-lice treatment, or it could simply mean that you didnt remove all of the nits the first time around. In either case, the nits have got to be addressed immediately, because as soon as they begin to open up you will be right back where you started with an entire lice infestation on your hands.

In order to prevent lice infestation, be sure to stay in close contact with your childrens teachers and other coaches and daycare providers; whenever you hear that another child has lice, you should check your own childs head in order to prevent a small problem from becoming a large one.