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Head Lice in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about head lice?

What are the signs and symptoms of head lice?

Your child will not feel the bites. He or she may have any of the following:

How are head lice diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child's scalp and hair. He or she may use a fine-tooth comb to collect the lice and examine them with a microscope.

How are head lice treated?

Check with your child's healthcare provider before you begin lice medicine. Lice medicine is used to kill head lice and usually comes as a shampoo. You can buy it at your local pharmacy or drugstore. Follow these safety guidelines when you use the lice medicine:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my child's head lice?

How can I prevent the spread of head lice?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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