Head Lice – Information is Ammunition

There have to be millions of lice stories out there. Most of us have not only heard of lice but also experienced them in some painful childhood experience. If you have children and would like them to be better protected from the almost inevitable appearance of head lice, or would like to arm yourself with more knowledge to better deal with your child’s potential infestation, you have to know more about head lice.

Head lice are parasites. They are bloodsuckers and love the human scalp, which also provides them free heating. Although they are commonly considered nasty and repugnant, they are actually very harmless. They can’t even spread diseases. But they are extremely irritating as their bites can be very itchy. They are common in children of ages 3 to 12 but usually prefer girls.

Although it is a common image to see head lice running around children’s heads in TV programs and cartoon shows, this isn’t always the reality. Unless the infestation has grown out of control as has happened in some cases, it will be very hard for you to actually see the adult insects running around the hair and scalp of your kid. Even if you groom your kid, they can oftentimes slip past undetected. The best chance you have at detection is actually your kid’s reaction to the lice. When your kid starts to scratch excessively, that can be the first warning sign you can see. It may not be the earliest though, depending on how resistant your child is to the irritating effects of the bite. Some infested children will go about their lives without excessively scratching their heads for days and even weeks. .450 bushmaster ammo

If you have that sneaky feeling that your child is harboring blood sucking head lice, you can check his hair for nits. Nits are the small lice eggs. They are usually yellow, tan or brown. They can be hard to find as they are very small but if you know where to look, you have a great chance. Try looking for them near the scalp and around the shafts of hairs. They are usually near the root, but not at the scalp itself. They can be hard to distinguish from common dandruff though, and even the shells from hatched nits look like dandruff. You can confirm this by touching the suspected nits, which can be felt between the fingers and will not easily come off unlike dandruff.

The nits will hatch in about a week or two. The lice come out as nymphs, the baby form, and will take another week or two to become fully grown. They will usually be tan in color and no more than the size of a sesame seed. Although they thrive in the scalp, they can survive outside of it for about two days.

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