It’s easy to spend all your time looking out for big and noticeable signs of distress and hurt when it comes to our family, and specifically our kids. It’s easy to devote time to trying to spot signs for things such as illness, injury or even bullying when it comes to your children. However, you should also keep an eye out for smaller things, tiny things even, that can cause just as much pain and annoyance for your children and your family.
One such example are head lice or nits. You can tell if your child is suffering from this very itchy annoyance when they begin to exhibit signs of touching their head and itching it frequently, itching other areas of their body because of an allergic reaction caused by bites and trouble sleeping due to that pesky lice being somewhat of a night-owl. Instead of brushing the signs away as nothing, you should proceed to brush the nits straight out of your children’s hair. Before you get to that stage, however, you should seek as much information about head lice as possible and then begin to search for them by looking closely at your child’s hair, and especially behind their ears. You’re not likely to see the lice themselves as they avoid the light as much as possible, kind of like itchy little vampires, except you can’t treat them with garlic. In fact that would probably make the whole situation a whole lot worse —what you should use, however, when you do eventually find them, is metal lice comb and over the counter lice medications.
And it doesn’t just stop with your kids. Your pets are even more susceptible to pesky little bugs embedding themselves in their fur. Ticks, for instance are troublesome little parasites that can end up causing a big problem for your pet if they’re not treated — and it’s very easy to allow them to go untreated. It’s not easy spotting the tiny bloodsuckers, unless you know what you’re looking for. Signs include: seeing a tick in your home, which, if you ever do, you shouldn’t brush off as a one-time happening and should give your dog a closer examination; your dog having a fever, with symptoms including weakness, loss of appetite, shivering and unusual panting, that could only last 24 hours or could continue for days and even weeks; and unexplained scabs caused by ticks continuously licking or biting at the bite site. More signs can be found here, and if you ever see any of them you should give your dog a closer examination as soon as possible; if you do in fact find one, you should apply medication such as frontline plus for dogs that will kill any disease carrying tick within on day of application. As well as helping your pooch, getting rid of any mini-infestations such as ticks will help protect them from extending their reach to both your family, and yourself.
Although you can’t always see these mini-annoyances, there is always a big threat of them. Make sure to look out for signs of them and act accordingly when you do see any.