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What kids should know about finding those tricky lice

Lice eggs

Nits are lice eggs and hard to spot without a magnifying glass.

Magnified picture of a nit

If you feel itchy, or a note comes home from school that someone in your class has lice, be sure your parents look very closely at your hair and scalp (the skin on your head).

Because lice move quickly, it's often hard to see the live bugs. Your parents are more likely to see the eggs that lice lay. These eggs are called nits, which:

  • Attach to the hair near the scalp.

  • Look like tiny seeds.

  • May be yellow, brown, tan, or even sort of clear.

  • Are really hard to scrape off:

Adult louse

Adult lice are very small and can be hard to see. If you have them, they are most likely attached to your hair.

Magnified picture of an adult louse.

If your mom or dad sees something on your hair and it comes off easily, it's probably just lint or a flake of skin. If it seems stuck to your hair, it might be a nit.

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