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Head Lice: Nit Fun Fact

Often times education provided about head lice has families searching heads of hair for white nits (eggs). That information is slightly misleading. The white or opaque nits are actually empty shells still stuck to the hair shaft and are no longer a risk. Dark nits like the ones pictured in this post are new and dark in color and pose a risk of hatching. The egg is dark because the baby is still inside. If you are finding white or opaque nits, you know you’ve had at least one cycle of nits hatch. If you are only finding dark nits, the infestation is fairly new. 😬


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