Lice. A word that strikes fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. In fact, more than 69% of parents admit their fear of lice is greater than snakes! Because children of middle school and elementary school age are most likely to become infected, it is important for parents to be prepared. Don’t just be grossed out by the thought of lice in your home, be proactive.
How can you do that? Be informed of any community and school breakouts that may happen close to you. The lice problem in an area can spread fast and furiously. The sooner you are aware of a problem the more likely you are to be able to avoid it. Before you play into the rumors that only dirty people catch lice, let us reassure you. Lice are equal opportunity bugs. Ultimately, no matter how clean we keep our homes or bodies the chances of contracting from an infected school or community are high when children interact directly with one another. To stay ahead of the game check your children for signs of infestation regularly. What do you look for?
Symptoms and Signs
There are three major indications that your child is infected.
First, be aware that lice make their home on the scalp where they lay eggs close to the human skin. This acts as an incubation for the egg where it usually hatches within 10-12 days. The eggs, yellow and tan in color, have a sticky type residue that makes them attach heartily to the hair follicles around the scalp. If you notice dandruff type flaking that is round and difficult to peel off, chances are you are dealing with lice eggs or nits. But, parents beware! Eggs can be extremely difficult to see with the human eye and blend in with the scalp.
Second, adult lice actually crawl around the skin on the scalp. They leave along traces of saliva and feces. Allergic reactions on your child’s skin cause severe itching, sometimes swelling and often leads to scabbing. If left untreated scabs can become infected and can ooze, creating a painful situation for your child. Check often for red, irritated patches of skin on your child’s scalp.
Third, pay attention to adult lice you might find while checking their head. Thoroughly search through the hair strands and look for any small, brown insects that could be burrowing their way through your child’s hair. As awful as it sounds, adult lice actually bite the scalp! These bites leave small, red, round marks that are easy to spot. If you notice these, you can certainly confirm you have a problem.
If any of these symptoms become apparent to you do not hesitate to seek out help from Lice Clinics of America, Medway. We offer a variety of treatment solutions to meet your individual problem. Our professional, experienced staff can confirm you have lice, explain the details of our treatment options, and help you decide how to best care for your family. The sooner you face these fears, the more quickly they can be subdued.