What To Do If You Suspect Head Lice

It’s happened. You received the dreaded “letter” or e-mail from school reporting a lice incident.  

Before you panic, remember:

1. It’s more common than you think, and
2. It’s completely treatable. 
Here are some tips what to look for and ways to rid your child from lice. 

What to Look For:
  • Lice symptoms: child is scratching head, complains of itching or tickling.
  • Lice: adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed (2 – 3 mm).
  • Nymphs: baby lice, grayish or tan coloured.
  • Nits: lice eggs, attached like glue to hair shaft near scalp, tear drop shaped.

Where to Look:
  • Check the scalp along the hair line at the base of the neck and behind ears.
  • For better visibility, wet the hair and use adequate lighting and a fine tooth comb.
  • A pesticide-free product is available at Beaners Fun Cuts For Kids salons.
  • Make sure you check all family members, including yourself!
  • Don’t ignore an itchy head.
  • Remind your child not to share brushes, combs, hats, helmets or scarves with classmates.
  • Use a natural preventative product sprayed on your child’s hair for extra protection.
  • Consider stocking up in-case of emergency with a lice cleansing kit.
If you do find lice, it’s important to immediately remove lice with a lice comb and treat the scalp with a lice treatment to avoid infestation.