Preschool and elementary school children and their families are among those at the greatest risk of exposure to head lice. Girls get head lice more often than boys and women more than men. Head lice is most often found on the scalp behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck. The lice hold onto hair with the hook-like claws they have at the ends of each of their six legs.

How do you know if your child has head lice? These signs are a good indication:

  • Feeling of tickling or crawling in hair
  • Itching or scratching
  • Irritability, especially at night
  • Sores on the head due to scratching
  • Eggs or lice seen in the hair

Other symptoms of head lice may include fever, headache, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.