What to look for:
If you observe your child frequently scratching his/her head vigorously especially behind the ears or at the nape of the neck, check for lice. Have your child sit by a sunny widow or under a bright light. Look for pink inflamed areas and nits around the ears and at the nape of the neck. The nits or eggs are opaque tiny oval shaped shells that cling to the hair shaft . They can be found close to the scalp with a new infestation. Unlike dandruff which will flake away, nits cannot be easily removed from the hair shaft. Young head lice or nymphs are brown specks about the size of a poppy seeds and are hard to see. They crawl rapidly away from light or movement of the hair shaft. Nymphs mature to become adult lice which appear grayish brown in the hair. See pictures below.