Treating lice in kids

Parents shouldn’t feel bad if their child gets lice or assume they did something wrong, because it can happen to anyone. However, signs for lice are pretty obvious.

A child will typically scratch their head and be unable to stop. You may also notice little white dots in the root of their hair that look like dandruff, but it’s actually the lice.

There are treatment kits you can get to treat it at the store, which come with the medication needed and a comb.

Pediatricians say you should make sure to carefully remove any remnants of the eggs, otherwise the lice could continue to spread.

“Don’t send your kids back to school until they’re clear and they have been treated. That makes a big difference in spreading. Don’t feel like you have to fumigate the whole house, but do clean their bedding with hot water,” said Dr. Gina Robinson with Cleveland Clinic.

It’s also a good idea to let your child’s school know if they have lice, so they can plan accordingly and notify other parents.