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Checking your child for head lice is one of the best things you can do to prevent a full infestation that spreads to other members in the home. By checking your child’s head, you can identify the signs of lice early on. An individual louse can be removed with a lice comb, while multiple lice may need treatment. Either way, you’re catching the problem early and preventing it from causing more headache. 

When you check your child for head lice, here are five important things to have on hand. It’s worth keeping these items in a dedicated container so that you have everything you need within reach! 

1. Lice Comb 

Choose a high quality lice comb that features long, micro-grooved teeth. My Hair Helpers has a stainless steel Lice Eliminator Comb that drags out lice and nits! It features steel teeth and anti-slip bands that hold your grip, even on thick hair. In one comb, you can pull out lice and nits and destroy them! You can even use our combs between family members – just be sure to sanitize them if someone does have lice! 

2. Flashlight 

Lice are small – about the size of a sesame seed. They can be difficult to see, especially when you’re not looking for them. This is why you’ll want to have a flashlight on hand when combing through your child’s hair. Also choose a well-lit room in the home. Nits can actually be easier to find, even though they are smaller, because they tend to move around a lot. 

3. Detangler Spray 

Your child’s hair should be wet when you comb through it, as this makes it easier to find lice and nits. To make your child’s hair smoother and easier to comb through, we recommend using a conditioner or detangler. This will also help keep the lice at bay. And, when you choose My Mint Detangler from My Hair Helpers, you get an added bonus: the ability to repel lice! 

4. Magnifying Glass

Since head lice can be difficult to see, even with a flashlight, we also recommend having a magnifying glass on hand. Lice can move quickly, and nits are extremely small, so a magnifying glass can make them easier to see. Plus, if you notice something on your child’s head but you’re not sure what, a magnifying glass can rule out things like hairspray residue, dandruff and some skin infections. 

5. Toy or Book for Distraction 

The better your child sits for their head check, the faster you can get it done. It helps to have a small toy or book on hand to distract your child while you’re checking their hair. You can give them a phone or tablet to play a game on, or purchase special items that they get to use during their head lice checks only. 

These five things will help make your head lice checks a breeze! If you do find head lice, count on My Hair Helpers for safe, effective removal and prevention products. You can find them on our website or on Amazon, both at great prices and with fast shipping!