Think your child might have head lice? Don't panic—here's everything you need to know about lice, including which home remedies for lice really work, and how to keep lice from spreading.
What Are Head Lice?
Lice are tiny, wingless insects that live on humans in the hairy parts of the body, feeding on human blood. Head lice are the most common type; they attach their eggs, called nits, to hair close to the scalp. The nits hatch in six to nine days, producing a new generation of the critters. Head lice cause annoying itching but are relatively harmless and don't carry disease. They also can't migrate to other areas of the body.