The night is young and you get that dreaded call we all hate. Someone you know has lice. To make matters worse, you and your family was around this person in the past few days. It’s time to check your own family; one head at a time, checking for lice.
Be calm and keep your family away from the person with lice until you are certain they lice free. Schools allow children to return to school after all live lice are dead. They can return to school usually if they have eggs in their hair. It can take several days to ensure that all the eggs are gone from hair.
Lice are yucky little creatures that crawl on human skin. Lice cannot jump from human to human and they can’t fly. That is a relief when it comes to your own family. Their lifeline is human blood. They need human blood to survive. Itching skin comes from where the lice inject saliva into the skin which, in turn, causes itching or swelling.
As soon as you find out someone you know has lice, you need to check your own family’s heads. Use a fine comb or Nit comb to finally comb through each family members hair. Wet the hair to make the combing process easier. If you don’t find any lice, check back every few days just to double check.
Different Types of Lice
Head Lice are found on the scalp of the head. They crawl all over the head and can cause extreme itching. They are often hard to find. Use a fine comb, or Nit comb to go piece by piece. You will know it is an egg because they attach themselves to the hair and are hard to get off. They have glue like substance that attaches to the hair follicles and is hard to detach. Rinsing with white vinegar often will loosen up the eggs making it easier to get them off. The Knit Comb will pull off the eggs from the strands of hair. Have a paper towel or kitchen sink handy to rinse them off. They can still attach to the comb so make sure the comb is clean after each use.
Body Lice lay their eggs in the seam of clothing making it hard to find. Intense itching on the body can be a symptom of lice. They suck on the human blood to survive and move freely on the body.
Pubic Lice is a more embarrassing louse and can be found in the pubic hair. This often can come from being sexually active. Public lice can also come from being in contact of another person with pubic lice and touching them or their bodies. The best thing is to stay away from a person you know has active pubis lice; at least until you know they are free of the live pubic lice. Do not have sexual relations until you are certain they are lice free.
Coping with Lice
Staying calm is necessary with lice. Giving everyone in the family treatment for lice is totally up to you. If you know they’ve had contact with someone with lice, it is better to give everyone lice treatment. As long as you are doing treatments, don’t be afraid to hold your child close. Lice can be a scary thing if they’ve never heard of it before. Talk to your kids about lice. Teach them about not wearing other children’s clothing while at school. Using sanitizer is another way to keep their hands clean while had school.