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Treating and Preventing a Head Lice Infestation


Head Lice: What Parents Should Know

Brushing your child’s hair and finding a small white speck can cause some parents to panic. However, head lice are more of a nuisance than a real health concern. There is never really a good time for your kid to get them, there are much more serious things that you could be having to deal with.

Keep reading to find all of the information you need in order to deal with your child’s lice and keeping it under control.

So, What Exactly Are Head Lice?

Head lice are essentially tiny bugs that usually nest on the scalp of a human and feed on human blood. However, these miniscule six-legged insects can also find a home on other body parts like the neck.

Head lice are sometimes left untreated since they can go undetected to their sesame seed size. Head lice lay eggs known as nits and can be buried deep into the scalp.