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How To Deal With Lice Problem In Kids

So your child came back home scratching their head like a monkey and whining about tiny little things walking on their scalp, they probably got a bad case of head lice bringing your worst nightmare to life.

Lice are annoying, but they are not dangerous; some internet-based head lice-fighting myths, on the other hand, can be. Therefore, BabySutra brings forward sure shot methods to identify and treat head lice in your kids.

What are head lice?

Head lice are tiny little insects that are barely visible to naked eyes. Though adult lice can grow up to as long as 3mm. They are parasites who feed on human blood several times a day and live on the human scalp. Lice do not have wings or long legs so the only way for their migration is through close contact with hosts.

Head lice eggs, or nits, are white or brown and attach themselves to the hair shaft, usually close to the scalp where it is warmest, and look like tiny dandruff but they are far more irritating than it. When young lice, or nymphs, hatch from the eggs, they usually take around one to two weeks before they become egg-laying adult lice. On average, people with head lice tend to have around 10 insects with a lifespan of 40 days on their scalp at a time during which each female lays about 100 eggs in one cycle.

If left untreated, head lice can last interminably and become extremely annoying to your kid. Although head lice are unlikely to harm your kid's health, it is better to get rid of them as soon as possible.

How do head lice spread?

If your child has just started going to school, having lice infestation is not uncommon. It spreads like a wildfire among groups. Lice are not a sign of insanitation or poor hygiene, they infest one head to another in just a matter of days.

Most head lice infestations are through close person-to-person contact therefore it occurs commonly at crowded places like schools or playgrounds.

Although sometimes lice can spread through sharing personal objects like grooming tools, bedding, clothes, etc.

Symptoms of Head Lice

The most common symptom of a lice infestation is an itchy head, but the itchy head does not always mean. Therefore, here are some other symptoms for head lice to look out for:

1. Uncontrollable head-scratching
2. Swollen lymph nodes
3. Crawling sensation on the head
4. Finding lice on personal item/head
5. Pink eye

How to find out if your child has lice

Itchy scalp is the first symptom of a lot of head and skin diseases, therefore, it cannot be termed as a fool-proof method for checking if your little one has lice infestation. So the best way to find them is to follow a weekly scalp and hair examination routine:

  • Using a regular comb, spread the conditioner over the baby's dry, tangled hair.
  • The conditioner briefly stuns the lice to make it easier to catch them (usually lice move very quickly, so you may not see them)
  • Using a special fine-toothed metal comb (available at the grocery store or drugstore), comb them from root to tip, systematically combing the entire head.
  • Lice and lice are trapped by the fine teeth of the comb.
  • Clean the conditioner (and lice and nits) from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.
  • Examine the cloth and comb for any signs of lice and nits. Repeat the process to cover the hair of each part of the head twice. If lice or eggs are found, you need to get your kid treated as soon as possible.

  • Solutions for head lice in kids

    The first line of defence for treating head lice in kids is over-the-counter medicated shampoos but these products can sometimes turn out to be unpleasant for your baby due to their strong odour and chemicals. It is important to follow the instructions extremely carefully to ensure the safety of your kid.

    Repeated wet combing is another good treatment against head lice. Combing your kid's hair every alternate day for two weeks straight or until a full comb reveals no eggs or lice on the entire scalp can remove lice infestation from the root. But this method is a long and tedious process for both kids and their parents, and it is not always fool-proof.

    To maintain the proper hair hygiene in kids, hair-spa is a widely recommended solution. Hair- spas are not just calming and comforting but also a safe way to keep the hair healthy. To avail hair-spa services for your kids, we suggest you only opt for professionals like BabySutra.

    Maintaining proper hair hygiene in kids

    We at BabySutra prioritize your child's comfort and safety first. Our hair spa promises healthier hair to your kid. Our experts are well trained and only use the safest products to take care of your child. We start from the roots by detangling them and work all the way to the ends while continuously ensuring the comfort of your child. At BabySutra, we use the finest hair treatments on little one's hair and get rid of all hair problems that your kid is going through.

    We advise BabySutra's hair spa at least once a month to ensure your kid's hair health.

    So, if your child's lice infestation is making you more concerned than you should be, worry no more. Just simply head over to your nearest BabySutra studio and let us take care of those demonic lice. We promise you a fun-filled bonding day with your kid.

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