Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Martha | 2009/03/14

Q.

How do I detect Nits &  Lice

My daughter came home with a letter from the school advising of nits &  lice. She said that 2 kids in her class had to go home yesterday because the teacher said they had nits &  lice. How do I know if my child has it? My child has very curly hair. Would i see nits on the surface of her hair, or would they be closer to the roots? The letter stated that nits look like dandruff. How does one know the difference? Do they move? Should I just go and buy one of those nits &  lice shampoos anyway?

Please advise.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The nits are usually white in colour and attach themselves to hair unlike dandruff which flakes off easily. Nits do not move.Have a good look in your daughter's hair. Do not use a nit shampoo unless this is necessary.

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