What to know | What to look for
Its that time of year fair time, school time, head lice time. Not a pleasant topic but we want you to be prepared. While frustrating to deal with, lice are not dangerous and they dont spread disease. They also dont discriminate. There have been lots of heads on those fun rides at the fair so it is a good idea to check your childrens heads before they go back to school or before you take them for their back-to-school haircuts.
All licensed salons in Minnesota are required to stop all service if lice are found. Even in the middle of a haircut. This is a health requirement and not up to personal discretion.
We also encourage everyone to have one of the effective, over-the-counter treatment kits available at home. That way you are not caught off guard if you happen to find a nit (louse egg). They can be found at any drug store.
Millions of children get head lice every year. We encourage parents to normalize the situation for your child and not stigmatize. Talk to your kids about not sharing combs, hair ties or hats. To check your childs head comb through hair, look closely at the hair behind the ears and around the nape of the neck. These are likely places to find lice and nits.
For more information on diagnosis and treatment, The American Academy of Dermatology is a great resource or talk to your pharmacist.
Identifying Adult Lice
These look like one or more light-brown objects that resemble sesame seeds, often moving quickly. You can find these on the scalp or the hair.
Identifying Lice Eggs
Lice eggs, also called nits, are yellow, brown, or tan objects that look like tiny seeds and appear to be cemented to individual hairs close to the scalp. If an egg has hatched, the seed-like object will be clear.