Parents have taken to a wide variety of drastic measures when it comes to their child having lice and getting rid of lice. Some parents have panicked and simply given their child a crew-cut or shaved off all of their hair, instead of actually getting a lice treatment. Others have poured mayonnaise all over their child’s head in hopes to suffocate the lice. While panic is a natural instinct for parents, drastic measures are not necessary. Parents usually have a variety of questions that they need answered quickly. Below are answers to common questions about lice and nits.
What are Head Lice?
Lice, also referred to as head louse, are wingless insects that feed on human blood and spend their entire lifetime on the human scalp.
Do Head Lice Spread Disease?
No. Head lice are not capable of spreading disease.
What Do Head Lice Look Like?
Adult lice are about the size and color of a sesame seed. Nit’s or eggs are tiny round white eggs that resemble dandruff and are found attached to the hair shaft with a sticky substance produced by female adult lice.
Can Head Lice Jump?
Lice cannot jump or fly. They transfer by crawling from person-to-person via head-to-head contact.
Can Pets Get Head Lice?
No. Lice are a human parasites that require human blood to survive.
Do Head Lice Like Dirty Hair?
Lice are not picky. They will live in clean or dirty hair.
Do Boys and Girls Get Lice?
Yes. However, girls are more prone to getting lice, due to most girls having long hair that easily attaches and comes into contacts with others as it blows in the wind or during close proximity to others.
Can You Prevent Head Lice?
Yes. There are a variety of things you can do to prevent lice.
- Inspect your child’s hair on a regular basis
- Use a nit comb especially used for lice to comb through your child’s hair twice a week. It is best to comb through the hair while it is wet and has conditioner on it.
- Teach your child to avoid head-to-head contact with others
- Provide your child with a set of rules such as, don’t share hats, scarfs, clothing, brushes or combs with friends.
- Have a sit-down conversation about lice, what it is and provide pictures
- Ask your child to tell you right away if their friends have lice
- Alert your child’s school and your child’s friends parents that your child has lice
Are Chemical Lice Treatments Dangerous?
Many popular lice treatments that have been used for centuries are made with a variety of harsh chemicals. While it may get the job done, you are exposing your child to harsh chemicals that get absorbed into their blood stream.
Do the Chemical Lice Treatments Work?
They have worked in the past, and some are still effective. However, lice have actually built up a resistance to these popular chemical treatments. This causes the head lice treatments not to work properly or at all.
Are There Natural Lice Treatments?
Yes. A natural popular choice for getting rid of lice is ClearLice. This head lice treatment product is void of poisons, pesticides, harsh chemicals and has a delightful light peppermint scent kids enjoy.
How Do You Get Rid of Lice?
Use a natural lice treatment product and follow the directions for the treatment. Getting rid of lice is often treated by using a “nit” comb, which is a special comb created to get rid of lice and nits.
How Do You Stop Lice from Spreading?
Lice cannot survive more than 48 hours away from a food source, or human. They often die if they don’t come into contact with humans. To keep lice from spreading in your household you will want to vacuum regularly and wash pillows, pillow cases, throw blankets and other fabrics that the infested person comes into contact with on a daily basis.
How Do You Treat Lice?
First you will want to purchase a natural lice treatment and begin using it immediately to get rid of lice and nits. Than you will want to email or text any friends and family members that has had contact with your child over the past 10 days to warn them that they possibly could have lice. Follow the natural lice treatment directions carefully until the lice infestation is completely gone.
Do I have to Contact My Child’s School if He/She Has Lice?
Most-likely it is your child’s school that will alert you of the lice infestation. However, if you found the lice on your own, it is recommended to contact your child’s school to alert them your child has lice.
Once you are familiar with head lice you realize it isn’t as bad as you thought. Take preventative measures, teach your child about lice, provide your child with simple preventative rules to follow while around others and take action immediately. Remember to use natural lice treatment to avoid exposing your child to harsh lice treatment chemicals.