How can you check for lice?

How can you check for lice?

When your child starts scratching and tells you that their head is itchy what should you do? With the weather changing and causing dry scalp or dandruff it can be hard to determine if your child just needs some head and shoulders or if they could be dealing with something more. Lice Clinics of America can give you some great ideas as to how to check for lice.

The first way that you can check for lice would be using a lice comb and running it through the hair to see if you catch any bugs or nits in the comb. If you see any small brown bugs in the comb that could be lice. Live louse bugs usually are about the same size of an ant but they look a little bit different and are more brown or light brown in color instead of black like an ant.

Another great way you can check for lice is with sectioning the hair with a wooden pick and going through each section by hand to see if you can notice any eggs or nits. It can be hard to tell the difference between nits and dandruff which brings us to our third way of checking. Using a magnified glass can be really beneficial because the nits and dandruff will look different. Nits will have a distinct look as well as feel to them.

Lice eggs are stuck to the hair almost as if they are glued on where as dandruff with flake off of the hair strands. The eggs or nits will feel like a bubble is on the hair and even when you touch it with your finger they will remain on the hair. Hopefully these tips will help you and your family stay lice free and if you are affected by lice then Lice Clinics of America is here to help.

Patricia Willemsen of the the Lice Clinics of America in Tustin checks a patient for lice at their new clinic in Tustin.