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THE FACTS OF LICE
Although they're very small, lice can be seen by the naked eye. Here are things to look for, especially if you're attempting to get rid of head lice at home:
Lice eggs (called nits). These look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the scalp, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch. Nits look sort of like dandruff, only they can't be removed by brushing or shaking them off.
Unless the infestation is heavy, it's more common to see nits in a child's hair than it is to see live lice crawling on the scalp. Lice eggs hatch within 1 to 2 weeks after they're laid. After hatching, the remaining shell looks white or clear and stays firmly attached to the hair shaft. This is when it's easiest to spot them, as the hair is growing longer and the egg shell is moving away from the scalp.
Adult lice and nymphs (baby lice). The adult louse is no bigger than a sesame seed and is grayish-white or tan. Nymphs are smaller and become adult lice about 1 to 2 weeks after they hatch. If head lice is not treated, this process repeats itself about every 3 weeks.
Most lice feed on blood several times a day, and they can survive up to 2 days off the scalp.
Scratching. With lice bites come itching and scratching. This is actually due to a reaction to the saliva of lice. However, the itching may not always start right away — that depends on how sensitive a child's skin is to the lice. It can sometimes take weeks for kids with lice to start scratching. They may complain, though, of things moving around on or tickling their heads.
Small red bumps or sores from scratching. For some kids, the irritation is mild; for others, a more bothersome rash may develop.
You may be able to see the lice or nits by parting your child's hair into small sections and checking for lice and nits with a fine-tooth comb on the scalp, behind the ears, and around the nape of the neck
A magnifying glass and bright light may help. But it can be tough to find a nymph or adult louse — often, there aren't many of them and they move fast.
Also be sure to check with your child's school nurse or childcare center director to see if other kids have recently been treated for lice. If you discover that your child does, indeed, have lice or nits, contact the staff at the school and childcare center to let them know. Find out what their return policy is. Most Nashville, Hendersonville and Middle Tennessee schools usually allow kids to return after one lice professional service has been completed.
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TRICK OR TREATMENT
"I've heard that head/ hair lice are often immune to the usual treatments. Is that true? And what can parents do to get rid of lice for good?"
Just like the overuse of antibiotics has helped create so-called "superbugs," the ongoing use of lice treatments over the years has made head lice resistant to some treatments. The more people use these remedies, the more the pesky parasites start to build immunity to them.
Researchers have been saying for years that this was probably happening. Although growing drug resistance can make getting rid of lice a real pain, it's not cause for too much concern. That's because lice are not dangerous. They don't spread any diseases (unlike other bugs, such as ticks) — they're just an incredibly annoying problem for both parents and kids.
Also, lice may linger if kids are still exposed to other infested children or if the chemical methods are heavily relied upon.
Lice infestations are often over-diagnosed, too. Some parents who think a child has lice might be wrong — the itching and white specks could be caused by other things, like dandruff or ringworm of the scalp.
Even if there's no doubt that lice are the cause of all the scratching, it's important to avoid going overboard with treatments. Lice medications are insecticides and can be harmful when applied too heavily or too often.
That means you should never use more than one head lice medicine at a time, extra amounts of the medicine, or the same medicine more than three times.
Be sure to talk to your doctor or lice professional before treating — or re-treating — your youngster for lice with the chemical methods.
As you're in the lice-fighting trenches, try to remember that this too shall pass!
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