Family and friends are coming to visit and stay overnight. Kids are crawling in and out of different sleeping bags, sharing hats and coats, and maybe even exchanging hair accessories or sharing hair brushes.
It is not uncommon for a family that has been struggling with head lice to visit another and share their head lice infestation. Lice travel on the head of their host and all it takes is a hug to crawl from one person to another.
This does not mean you need to be concerned about having family and friends come to visit. However, it is a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of head lice so you will know if it is time to check your children for head lice crawling in their hair.
Head lice Symptoms.
The most common symptom of a infestation is an itchy scalp although not everyone feels this so it can be misleading. Watch for children scratching consistently at the back or top of their head. Girls that have hair tied up often may feel itching at the crown.
Check regularly for lice eggs (nits) and live lice crawling around. Head lice like to be warm and are often found in areas behind the ears and at the nap of the neck so check in those areas first and then move inward.
Lice eggs known as Nits will remain firmly attached when you comb through the hair they are glued into the hair.