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Head Lice

Head lice are tiny parasitic insect s that infests human hair (called pediculosis) and feeds on extremely small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp.

They are not dangerous and don’t spread disease, but they are contagious, spread by contact, often leading to outbreaks amongst children.

Symptoms


Impatience
Impulsiveness
Marked talkativeness
Frequent fidgeting
Difficulty controlling emotions
Interrupts constantly
Easily distracted
Can’t follow instructions
Does not complete tasks
Forgetful & loses focus
Runny nose
Cough
Watery eyes
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Headache
Stomach – Upset tummy
Vomiting
Wheezing
Swelling of the throat
Anaphylactic shock
Frequent coughing
Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
Tightness of the chest
Shortness of breath
Sleep problems due to difficulty breathing
Delayed recovery following a respiratory infection
Avoidance of exercise
Runny nose
Sneezing
Fever
Cough
Wheezing
Laboured breathing
Noticeable rising of chest
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Raised bumps that become small fluid-filled blisters
Headache
Abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever
Irritability and discomfort
Itchy, red rash on whole body
Congested or runny nose
Nasal discharge that starts out clear but becomes yellow or green
Possible ear pain
Sensitive eyes
Fussiness
Low-grade fever
Sneezing & coughing
Headache
Disruptions in sleeping patterns
Hacking cough
Sore throat
Raspy voice
Laboured breathing
Noise while inhaling
Increased thirst
Excessive hunger
Rapid weight gain or loss
Fatigue
Irritability
Erratic behaviour
Blurred vision
Genital yeast infections
Severe nappy rash
Very painful ear
Reduced hearing
General discomfort
High temperature
Discharge from the ear
Red, leathery skin
Blistery appearance
Itchiness
Dryness
Increased thirst
Facial rash followed by intermittent lacelike rash on trunks, arms and legs
Sore throat
Runny nose
Low-grade fever
Sore throat
Headache
Fatigue
Chills
Drowsiness
Weakness
Sudden high fever
Achy body
Reduced appetite
Dizziness
Sinus problems
Nausea
Achy body
Headache
Low-grade fever
Nausea
Vomiting
Cramps
Abdominal pain
Watery diarrhea
Chills
Runny nose
Swollen glands
Low- or high-grade fever
Raised, fine red rash on face then entire body
Itchy and inflamed scalp
Rash
Scratching may lead to bacterial infection

Treatments

Prescription shampoos
Benzyl alcohol lotion
Oral antibiotic if a bacterial
infection sets in

Remedies

Use natural lice repel shampoos that do not contain pesticides
Use a small-toothed metal comb while shampooing
Use coconut-scented shampoos to prevent infestation
Apply Vaseline to infected eyelashes Do not use sprays
Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in hot water
Cut hair


Risk

1-2

1 – Can be treated at home
2 – Medical attention is necessary
3 – Urgent medical assistance is necessary


Disclaimer:
As always, take your newborn, baby, toddler or older child to your doctor if symptoms are severe or worrying. Our guide is just that, a guide, and does NOT replace medical supervision.

 

 

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