How did I not know my kid had lice?
We hear parents say all the time, “how did I not know my kid had lice?”
Relax. It happens. Before you beat yourself up about, you must understand that not everyone becomes itchy with a lice infestation, which sometimes makes it hard to find.
In addition, the eggs are very small, which makes them hard to see—especially if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.
A louse moves very quickly, so trust us, you’re not the only one who has missed a case of lice.
We’ve seen many clients who have had lice for a month or more before they realize it. Rarely do we have a client who just contracted lice within the week.
Most parents are either informed by the school nurse or see a live bug by chance crawling in their child’s hair.
How is it possible to have bugs in your hair for a month or more and not know it?
As mentioned above, not everyone gets itchy. When you become itchy, it means you are reacting to the bug’s saliva.
It is estimated that only about half of people will have an allergic reaction to the saliva, so only half will have that itchy feeling.
Many people assume that the itchiness comes from the bugs crawling on the scalp, but it is actually an allergic reaction to the saliva.
Lice need to feed every few hours and when they do, they inject their saliva which acts as an anticoagulant and pulls out the blood from the scalp easily. That saliva, once injected, can eventually cause an allergic reaction resulting in an itch.
However, that reaction can take up to two weeks or more to occur.
Still itchy? Don’t worry. It’s normal.
This is also why when treatment is completed, clients can be itchy for about a week or two after due to the continuing reaction to the saliva that is still in the scalp.
To all the parents who have or will deal with this nuisance—don’t beat yourself up with guilt if your child has lice. The best thing you can do is tell other parents with whom your child has come into contact and schedule a professional head check at Lice Clinics of Canada.
We will take the guess work out of the “Is it an egg or dandruff?” question, as well as educate you and your family on prevention.
How do we do a head screening?
At Lice Clinics of Canada, we believe in providing peace of mind. The relief on a client’s face when we tell them they have no evidence of lice is priceless.
However, when we do find lice, we have multiple treatments we can offer families. Each treatment can be done the same day, so families no longer need to deal with their lice infestation.
A typical head screening can take anywhere from five minutes to 15 minutes depending on hair length, size of head and how severe the lice infestation is.
We section the hair and run our FDA-approved lice comb through each section, checking after each swipe.
Any “suspects” that we find, we are happy to put under the microscope with our client to determine what they are.
Clients have told us how they appreciate the education we provide by showing them bugs or eggs under the microscope, as we can show them the difference between an empty nit and one with a viable embryo still inside.
Don’t risk further infestation, call the professionals at Lice Clinics of Canada and let us thoroughly check to determine if you have an active case of lice.