When you see your kid vigorously scratching their head, your immediate thought is head lice. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Not only do these little critters make your kids miserable, they can spread like wildfire. Contrary to popular belief, head lice is not a result of poor hygiene. Head lice is spread through head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice and you can only get it from a human, no pets. Since children play in such close quarters, head lice is easy to pass around.

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What is Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny, blood-sucking insects. They are about the size of a sesame seed and are grayish-white. When they get into your kid’s hair, they attach themselves to the skin of the scalp and then proceed to lay eggs, keeping the cycle going. You can easily spot lice and the eggs by parting the hair and using a magnifying glass or a bright light. Although the eggs can appear similar to dandruff, you can tell the difference by dragging your fingernail over them. Dandruff will remove easily, whereas the eggs will remain firmly attached to the head.

Steps for FDA-approved Treatments for Head Lice

While there are home remedy treatments you can use, FDA-approved treatments for head lice include both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. For example, Nix and Rid in the form of shampoos, creams, and lotions. Your healthcare professional may prescribe FDA-approved treatments such as Ulesfia, Natroba, or Sklice. When treating head lice, follow the directions on the medication. Start by applying the treatment to the hair and scalp, no other part of the body. Let the treatment sit as long as directed. After rinsing out the treatment, use a fine-toothed comb to remove the dead head lice and eggs. Wash all the bedding in your home to prevent the spread of head lice to other members of your family. For more information on how to treat head lice, contact Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control today at (207) 650-8654.