All Children's Hospital Logo

Health Information Library

Parents > First Aid & Safety > Printable Safety Guides > First Aid: Head Lice
First Aid: Head Lice

First Aid

A head louse is a tiny, wingless insect that can attach to a person's hair, where it feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice, while annoying, aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

A doctor will recommend a medicated rinse or lotion to kill the lice. It's important to follow the directions for these products exactly because applying too much or too often can be harmful.

Here are some ways to get rid of lice and their eggs around the house:

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

You can help protect your kids from head lice by teaching them to:

Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD
Date reviewed: April 2015

Related Articles
P    Are Head Lice Becoming Resistant to Medications?
P    Head Lice
T    Head Lice
K    Hey! A Louse Bit Me!
K    Lice Aren't So Nice
K    Micro Louse
P    Pubic Lice
T    Pubic Lice (Crabs)
K    What to Do When You're Bugged by Bugs
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2015 KidsHealth® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and

Additional Info

Pocket Doc Mobile App
Maps and Locations (Mobile)
Programs & Services
For Health Professionals
For Patients & Families
Contact Us
Find a Doctor

All Children's Hospital
501 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 898-7451
(800) 456-4543

Use Normal Template
© 2015 All Children's Hospital - All Rights Reserved