As schools embark on after (Bonfire Night) and half term leading up to Christmas, children will again be mixing with a variety of other classmates. One of the things that parents should be concerned about as they mingle with other children is the issue of head lice. Lice are not always easy to identity, but having the right products, such as high quality hair combs, can help parents spot them as soon as possible to ensure they are removed quickly.
Lice can be passed from one child to another with remarkable ease. Although they cannot fly, they are able to crawl swiftly. It means that lice can spread between children who are in contact rather simply. Even the most innocent contact, such as two kids playing together, can help lice spread from one child to the next.
If your child is unfortunate enough to catch lice, the results can be somewhat unpleasant. They can make a child’s scalp feel itchy or irritating, facilitating a lack of sleep and small levels of pain. However, if your child is having scalp pain, it can be difficult to ascertain whether the problem really is to do with lice. They have the same symptoms as a dry scalp does, for example.
Therefore, parents should know exactly how to spot lice. To do this, you should first invest in a fine-toothed hair comb. These are essential for finding out whether your son or daughter is experiencing a lice problem. A fine-toothed comb will catch anything abnormal in a child’s hair. If they have lice, there is a good chance that you will pick up a sesame seed sized insect of a grey or white colour. This is what is known as detection combing.
You should do this by first untangling the hair. An ordinary hair brush will do the trick and it is best that it’s done after a bath or shower when your child’s hair is moist. Move the comb freely through the hair, ensuring that you begin at the roots and continue until the tips, constantly touching the scalp as you go. If you do this three or four times on every section of your child’s hair, you should be able to spot any lice.
Treatments for lice can be purchased from most supermarkets and pharmacies. They do not require the assistance of a General Practitioner. Successful treatments should kill off the lice within 12 hours at most. You will then be able to use the hair comb to remove dead lice and their eggs from your child’s hair. Parents are suggested to check their child’s hair every few days to ensure there are no survivors or remaining eggs.