Head Lice Louse Life Cycle

How do I know for sure if my child has head lice?

Many symptoms are mistakenly diagnosed as head lice. Dandruff, gobs of hairspray and even small insects like aphids that have been blown into the hair on a windy day have all sent parents to the pediatrician for treatment. The only foolproof diagnosis for pediculosis (a head lice infestation) is to catch sight of the elusive bugs, but look for these signs as well:

  • Persistent scratching of the scalp
  • Pink rash behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, resembling an allergic reaction
  • Tiny lice eggs (called “nits”) on the hair shafts, close to the scalp, that cannot be brushed off
  • The presence of tiny light brown bugs (the size of a sesame seed)

Do Hair brushes spread lice? 

If your child has head lice and you use the same brush, it is possible to pick up head lice from the brush. In fact, most cases of head lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact. Children's sports such as gymnastics, or sports where the child shares helmets, and something as simple as hugging that are often the channels for spreading lice.

My kid's hair isn't dirty, How did they get lice?

In fact, head lice has no preference for dirty hair or clean hair. Experts say if you wash your hair three times a day, the lice on your head will just be clean lice.

Did my kid get lice from the family pet?

No, head lice only eats off of human blood.

Do I need to shave my child's head?

This is a needless tactic when there are so many other effective and less drastic ways to solve the problem.

Can Lice make my children sick?

Head lice are a nuisance, but they do not make your children sick.