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my child has head lice. what should i do?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Call your doctor: There are medications that can be used to kill the lice. Use them as directed (very important!). Wash all the bed linens in hot water and remove any stuffed animals, pillows that your child sleeps with until they are cleaned. Comb all the nits until they are no longer appearing- this is very time-consuming, but necessary.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How does head lice get transmitted to another child?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Head lice: Contact with an already infested person is the most common way that transmission of head lice occurs. Head-to-head contact is common during play at school and at home (sports activities, on a playground, slumber parties, at camp, etc.).Using infested combs, brushes, or towels, wearing clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons recently worn by an infested person.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of head lice in a child?

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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Itching, or none: Many children have no symptoms whatsoever, despite a good-sized infestation. Other children may have itching or a rash around the scalp. The diagnosis is made by finding live lice and/or nits in the hair. To check for lice, use a very fine-toothed comb to comb through wet hair section by section, looking for nits and adult lice.
A female asked:

How can I tell if my child has head lice? My child is home-schooled. What should I be looking for when it comes to head lice?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Lice: A person with head lice may have no symptoms. The most common symptom is itching. There may be a crawling or movement sensation on the scalp. A person may develop sores from scratching. Scratching can be significant enough to prevent good sleep.
A 49-year-old member asked:

It'd be possible that a child get head lice from another child that is getting treated for it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
If still present: Head lice are sometimes hard to get rid of.Sometimes multiple treatments and meticulous removal of egg casings are needed before they are gone for good. If present and the child shares a sleeping mat, headgear, brush or other item they can be passed easily.It can also take 10 or more days before you pick up that your kid has them.It takes that long for new lice to start laying visable eggs.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my child has head lice please help?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Treatment of lice : requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix (permethrin) or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed.

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