A notice comes home. It is every family's nightmare. There is a
head lice outbreak in the community!
Concerns over head lice may cause a range of reactions such as
stress, panic and worry with the concern that a dreaded infestation
may have taken over a home. However it is not uncommon for head
lice to be misdiagnosed and easily confused with minor scalp
irritations like dandruff. Learning how to check for head lice can
help prevent unnecessary stress.
We have created a process that is simple for any family to use
to check for head lice. You do not need to be an expert, and it is
as simple as combing hair. See the printable infographic below to
learn how to check for head lice.
(Click image to
download PDF. Prints best on legal size paper, but regular
letter size works too.)
A few things to remember when checking for head lice:
- If you find head lice, it is not necessary to treat everyone in
the household. Only treat family members if you have found head
lice in their hair.
- As an alternative to traditional chemical pesticides, there are
affordable, over-the-counter non-toxic head lice treatments, such
as Licefreee! brand
head lice treatments.
- It is a good idea to check for head lice within 7 days of a
treatment to see if they are all gone.
- Be sure to follow up head lice treatment with proper cleaning
of your home. See How to Get Rid of
Head Lice in Your Home.