A Parent’s no-panic guide to treating head lice
Head lice facts
Head lice can happen to anyone and do not discriminate. Did you know these head lice facts?
- The eggs, also called nits, are attached to the hair shaft with a super-glue-like substance secreted by the louse.
- Lice feed on the scalp every 3-6 hours. The most common symptom is an itchy scalp.
- Off the scalp, head lice rarely survive beyond 36 hours.
- Nits will die within 2 weeks if they are dislodged from the hair shaft and host.
- Pets do not get lice.
- Lice move quickly and shy away from light.
- Head lice can not fly or jump.
Head lice myths
There are several myths about head lice that I admittedly used to believe such as:
Myth: Only those with poor hygiene get lice.
Truth: Head lice will inhabit any head of hair.
Myth: If your child gets lice, the entire house will become infested.
Truth: Lice do not burrow into furniture. Cleaning the home should be completed to ensure the removal of lice. When my daughter caught lice last year, thankfully nobody in our home caught it as well, so I know this to be true.
Myth: If someone experiences an itchy scalp, he or she must have lice.
Truth: Again, in our own case, my daughter never itched her head when lice were found. An itchy scalp doesn’t always indicate lice.