The first thing you need to do when you think your child may be infested with lice is to make sure that what is in his head are indeed head lice. But finding pictures of head lice is not always easy, and identifying a live louse is hard because they are tiny.
Then, here are some tips and some online resources with good head lice pictures.
When you look for a picture of a louse, you should try to find real size photos, because this will greatly help you to really make sure that this is what you are dealing with.
Don’t pay too much attention to the color of the louse, because the color will change according to the person’s hair color, and also if the louse has just had a meal or not.
Here are some useful online resources for head lice pictures:
This page has a small but pretty good selection of images that feature live adult lice as well as nits on the hair. All insects are shown in real size, so this can help you identify them on your child.
On this page: http://www.medicinenet.com/head_lice_pictures_slideshow/article.htm you will find a slideshow containing mostly magnified pictures of lice. This might not be very useful, but you are told how to look for lice and you are given some tips on how to cob them out.
There is also a pretty good picture of nits on the hair. The same slideshow is offered by the well-known WebMD website here.
Keep in mind that properly identifying lice is crucial, and too many kids get treated when it isn’t necessary for insects that look like lice, but actually aren’t. It is quite possible to have parasites on the head that are NOT lice.
For example, small insects that have wings can definitely infest our heads in some regions (I remember I had myself an infestation of insects with wings as a child and they were easier to get rid of than lice), but they are not lice, because lice don’t have wings.
Also bear in mind that you only need to treat your child when you actually see live lice.
If you only see lice eggs, and if you have carefully examined the head and found no adults or nymphs, you only need to remove the nits using a good metal lice comb and some vinegar (if you want) to help unglue the nits from the hair shaft.
If there are just a couple of nits, you can just go ahead and cut the one or two hairs that have them.