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Old 10-07-2008, 08:00 AM
 
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I was combing my daughter's hair for school when I noticed a little brown insect crawling across her scalp... my first thought was lice but she has no nits, the rest of her hair and scalp are completely clear. I managed to crush the thing with my fingernail... does anyone know if it's possible to have lice without nits? I am thinking it must have been a flea, but since I crushed it I can't identify it easily.

Any lice veterans who can help?
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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hard to say...but maybe it was just a flea...id keep checking her head just in case though!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:23 AM
 
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If it was really fast it was probably a flea.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:27 AM
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Lice must start with 1 hopping onto someone's head. I know you are being vigilant, so you'll soon find out, one way or another.
What worries me is that my pets have on occasion had fleas, but the fleas never seem to go in a human's hair.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:32 AM
 
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I have occasionally found a lone louse on my child's hair - my guess is it must have just arrived fresh from another child - and you caught it before it became many more!

I'd comb the hair regularly over the next few days in case it had time to lay eggs before you caught it.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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Nits are usually found on the hair just about the nape of the neck in back. They are very, very small and are attached to the hair. If the child is blonde, it's very easy to miss them. comb the hair forward, part it, and look closely at the HAIR, not the scalp. You may even need a magnifying glass if your eyes aren't very good. They are SMALL! They won't comb out either as they are stuck on the hair.

Good Luck!!
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:43 AM
 
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I forgot.....if it was brown, it probably was not a louse. If she had just gotten out of bed, there is the horrid possibility that it was a bed bug. Check her pillow and sheets for little tiny dots of blood
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:19 AM
 
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Ugh, what lovely options.... flea, louse, or bedbug!

Her hair is dark brown, I really can't see any nits... I will try to get her to let me look carefully again.

I called the dr and am waiting for them to call back.

TY for your advice!
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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You might also try putting a white piece of paper or toweling in the sink, stand her over it and have her shake out her hair real well over the paper. Loose lice can fall out and you will have your answer. Good luck!
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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omg! is there anything that can keep them away? i have heard tea tree oil, but it may have side effects...
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