Baby Catches Lice?

Talking about lice already causes a bad itch on the head, right? But lice are part of every child’s life, even those surrounded by parental care. But what about babies, does baby get lice too? Is it possible for a baby to catch lice?

In fact, lice in babies is quite unusual, but we must warn that it is not impossible to occur. Even more for the hairy ones and who have direct contact with other children that they can easily have.
It can occur with those who have older siblings who attend schools or even those who already attend daycare or nursery and have older children who can move from one to the other.

Signs of Baby Lice

As babies cannot speak and express what they are feeling, it can be a little more difficult to identify, so it is good to be on the alert for signs. A very typical sign of a baby with a louse is a small flaking in the neck area and behind the ear and obviously irritability for no apparent reason, often trying to scratch the head by rubbing on the pillow.

When these signs are identified, it is worth giving a good check on the baby’s head, as their hair is usually thin, it will be easily located, if you have it. When lice are present, the baby’s head may become red , the scalp irritated.

Ways to Prevent Lice Baby

The only way to prevent the baby and children from lice, is to watch the head of your little one frequently, and if there is any warning at the nursery or school about the manifestation of lice to double the attention. If any member of the family catches lice, it is advisable to watch the heads of all other members of the household, including father and mother, to rule out proliferation.

There is certainly no season in which the lice begin to manifest themselves with greater intensity, even giving us the impression that in the cold they begin to manifest and increase,

The truth is that in colder times, children and babies are more united , closer together regardless of the environment and end up increasing the risks of passing lice to each other. This includes viral and respiratory diseases that also increase at this time of year.

How to Eliminate Baby Lice?

To eliminate baby lice you need a lot of care and patience, after all not all products are suitable for them. With the help of a lice-specific comb, better known as a fine comb, separate the hair from the hair.

Try to do this cleaning in a well-lit place where it is possible to easily see the lice and nits trapped in the hair strands. A good option are the fine combs that use a magnifying glass to help you see better when cleaning.

This cleaning should be done carefully and daily until you are sure that all lice and nits have been removed. As it is a baby, they may be impatient with the comb movement, so be careful not to hurt him and if possible.

If you are a very agitated baby who does not let you do the cleaning quietly, try to do it during a nap, lying down in a well-lit place to facilitate the procedure.

It will be necessary to sterilize and clean the baby’s pillow, sheets and crib to eliminate any possible lice that have fallen on them. It is recommended to wash all the clothes and places that the baby usually stays, avoiding the proliferation of pets.

The appearance of lice does not cause serious problems in babies, even though it is very difficult to happen. However, in much older children, there is a risk of infection by fungi, viruses or bacteria due to possible wounds that the louse ends up leaving and even, the desperate way to scratch the head. If not treated, they can spread and even lead to more serious problems.

It is worth alerting to the uninformed that lice is not synonymous with poor hygiene saw! The insect can reach anyone, of any social class and even any age. It has nothing to do with hygiene habits.

Parents can wash the child’s and baby’s head every day and still get the lice, as the infestation occurs through contact with infected persons, or through the sharing of objects from the person with lice.

Lice Remedies in Babies

For treatment against baby lice, great caution is necessary, as most medications are totally restricted to babies because they contain substances that are very strong and harmful to their health.

Never use any medicine, shampoo or lotion no matter how harmless it may appear on pharmacy shelves without the recommendation and prescription of a pediatrician.

The first symptoms can appear 6 to 10 days after exposure to the louse or contact with an infected person. From the age of 2, treatment is usually topical, or even oral, which will depend on the level of infestation and the child’s weight.

In addition to the remedies indicated by the pediatrician in some cases, the doctor indicates that the comb is fine every day, in a delicate way and with great care in our baby’s hair. The cut, very common in the past to solve the manifestation of lice is currently dispensed with.

See also: How to End Lice

Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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