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What are the symptoms of lice on a child's head?

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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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