See your family doctor or pediatrician if you suspect your child has head lice. The best practice for determining if a child has an active head lice infestation is the identification of a live nymph or adult louse. Your doctor can carefully inspect your child's hair and, if necessary, examine suspect items under a microscope before confirming a diagnosis of head lice infestation.
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