Head Lice – Boys Town Pediatrics

Head Lice – Boys Town Pediatrics


Head lice are a small bug that kind of infests
your hair and then those little bugs lay eggs or nits right along the hair shaft.
You usually get head lice from another kid. That’s why kids get it so frequently. They’re
up head to head, running into each other, sharing hair brushes, sharing hats, those
kinds of things. They’ll have an itchy head, that’s kind
of the first symptom. That’s the bugs moving around in their hair. Then you may see bugs
in their hair and if you look closely you’ll see the nits along the hair shaft as well. There are lots of over-the-counter shampoos
to use for head lice. You can shampoo their hair and rinse it out. It is also really important
that you treat everything around them, their bedding, their stuffed animals, their clothing
and the furniture in your house. There are sprays that can be used for things
that can’t be washed, like your couch. For their bedding, it’s important to wash it
hot water and even those stuffed animals in the bed with them. It’s important to get
all of those because the head lice can be on their bedding and they can re-infest their
heads. When a head lice lays an egg it takes eight
days for that egg to hatch. The shampoos usually don’t kill off the eggs so a lot of times
we’ll have to do a second treatment about a week later to kill off those later bugs
we may have missed. It’s also important to go through your child’s
hair and pull out those eggs after you treat them with shampoo. The best ways to prevent head lice is to teach
your kids good hygiene, making sure that they’re not sharing hats, not sharing hair brushes,
and not getting into close contact with other kids.
Other than that, there isn’t a lot of great ways to prevent the head lice.

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