Carefully inspect your child's head under bright light by dividing the hair into sections. Headlice do not like bright light so it is best to check in direct sunlight or under a bright light.
Closely examine the hair closest to the scalp, especially the first 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
- An itchy head or crawling sensation on the scalp or hair.
- Small bumps or sores around the nape of the neck, behind the ears, or on the scalp.
- Black dried dots that look like grains of sand on the scalp.
- Tiny red or reddish brown dots on the pillowcase.
- Small bugs that fall from the hair onto a surface or are transferred to a hairbrush.
- A small dead bug roughly the size of a sesame seed on sheets or bedding.
- Small off-white, yellow, clear, or brown 'grains of sand' that stick to the hair that cannot be brushed, blown or washed away.
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