Head lice in children is very prevalent and has become a leading cause of absenteeism from schools. In fact, head lice have become so common-place that in 2010, the American Pediatric Association recommended that children with nits be allowed to stay in school as so many children were missing days of school due to head lice infestations. Several doctors cited that by the time a case of head lice is discovered the child has already been in the classroom for multiple days. Some schools still retain their no-nit policies, but the trend is towards schools modifying their policies and allowing students to stay in school if there are no live bugs found on the head. Some schools allow students with live bugs to remain in school until the end of the day and then they are sent home with the expectation that they will be treated.
When it comes to head lice, children are the primary carriers and transmitters. The main reason for that is that children are in closer contact with each other physically than are adults. In the classrooms, children put their heads together when working in groups. At camp and on play-dates, children sit right next to each other, wrestle, relax and in general often have their heads together. Head lice in children and adults are primarily transmitted through head to head contact. In some cases, head lice in children are passed along via hats, helmets, combs, and clothing. This is less common as head lice can only survive off the head for up to 36 hours.
Symptoms of Head Lice in Children
Symptoms of head lice in children vary; not all children display symptoms of head lice. In some cases, children will become quite itchy and you will see them scratching their heads. You may see little red bumps, which are from the lice bites and subsequent scratching by the child. Depending on the child’s sensitivity to lice bites, some children may be itchy with just a few lice on the head, while others with a major head lice infestation will display no symptoms.
What to do if Your Child Shows Symptoms of Head Lice
If you suspect that your child has lice, even if she/he is not itchy, take the child outside in bright light and look through the hair. If you see translucent sesame sized things in the hair, those are nits (lice eggs). You then need to remove all nits from the hair in order to eradicate the case. If even two small nits are left in the hair, the case of head lice will start all over again.
If you feel overwhelmed with head lice removal, you should call in a head lice professional who will be able to implement a thorough head lice treatment for your children. It is important to find a head lice specialist who not only recognizes the signs of head lice in children, but who will expediently remove the nits and bugs. It is equally imperative that the head lice professional offer a 100% guarantee that your children are head lice and nit-free. The pesticides in chemical shampoos generally are not effective as head lice have mutated and developed a resistance to these chemicals. For a safer and more effective head lice treatment plan for children, we recommend that you retain the services of head lice removal service that uses all natural ingredients. LiceDoctors has an exemplary track record having successfully and safely eradicate lice in over 250,000 children and adults. LiceDoctors has earned an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau.
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