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Head Lice Myths

head lice mythsHead Lice Myths

First things first. If you are like every other parent that has experienced head lice for the first time, you’ve probably gone to the pharmacy to purchase Rid or Nix to apply the product and get rid of these horrible little insects that you can’t really see that are crawling in your child’s hair. Please know

A) You are NEVER one and done with head lice

B) Recent studies show that most lice (called super lice) have become resistant to the pesticides.

What does that mean? It means that you can expect to see live bugs still crawling in your childs hair after treatment.

Biggest Myths about Head Lice:

Clean House

Have you started bagging everything yet? PLEASE DON’T! Lice live on our heads and not in our homes. Lice expert Richard Pollack of the
Harvard School of Public Health says “The commonly held belief, which is folklore, is that lice are shared through things like combs and brushes
and hats and helmets,”

Some authorities believe these personal items can help transmit head lice from one person to another. But Pollack explains the bugs cannot fly or jump. And studies show that once the lice are off the scalp, they die within hours. It’s best to stick with the science of the matter and not folk lore.

You read it right. I know your friends “in the know” who have experienced head lice are coaching you to bag everything & wash everything in hot water and throw away your combs, but you really do not need to.

Here’s what you need to do:

Concentrate on the Head NOT the Home.  Save your energy for the head

Brushes Spread Lice

Are your children social? Well, that’s what will do it. It’s all the hugging, wrestling & playing that does it. It’s rare that you will contract head lice form brushes, helmets, headphones. The vast majority of head lice cases are spread by direct head to head or hair to hair contact. It won’t hurt to put the brushes in 130 degree water for 10 minutes or longer.

Pets Spread Lice

Human head lice only like human blood. They are not on your pet

Lice like a certain type of hair

Lice like any hair they can get into and eat, mate, lay eggs and be happy.
During the initial outbreak, parents are encouraged to use over-the-counter head lice shampoos. Studies show these work well to kill off the live
bugs, yet recent research has found that the bugs may have become resistant to the medicated shampoos.

If you are experiencing continued recurrences of head lice it’s most likely the same infestation that you just haven’t been able to get rid of or your child is in direct contact with another child with an active infestation and they keep sharing their lice.

More Facts about lice

Web Resourses:

Head Lice FAQ, Harvard School of Public Health
‘Managing Head Lice Safely,’ University of Nebraska