How do I know if a hat is lice-infested?

A kid at our bus stop got lice last week when she shared a softball helmet with an infected player. Now, I'm worried that my kids could get lice. The girls especially are always sharing hats, hair brushes and scarves. How do I know if a hat is infected? Can I look at it and tell or is there a special light or something I need to use?
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Carey in Lombard, IL
Dec. 21, 2017

Speak to the school about your concern.Let the coach know you would like the helmets to be sprayed with lice spray to keep on hand.

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Freezing temperatures will kill lice. Seal that hat inside a plastic bag and freeze it for a couple of days. I would not even bother trying to figure out if it is infested, just freeze it and forget about it once and for all.

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User in Bountiful, UT
Jan. 14, 2017

Take a piece of white or cream tape and stick it on the inside of the hat, especially along any seams. That will work for bugs, for nits use dark tape. The best tactic here is actually prevention- teaching kids that sharing hats, scarves, brushes, or ponytails increases chances of getting lice dramatically.

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