Tips for Parents: Myths About Head Lice

(Written by Alexandra Ashton) Head lice have been issues at schools and every parent has to deal with them when their children catch head lice. According to Vincent Iannelli, M.D., Head lice infestations are common, affecting up to 12 million kids each year. Although head lice have been around for some time, they are still a taboo subject with many parents and schools.

The world is filled with myths, even when it comes to head lice. One myth people still believe to be true is that short hair will keep head lice at bay. This is truly a myth, as head lice live close to the scalp and rarely move away from the warmth! People often believe that head lice can also jump from head to head. Realistically this is far from the truth, nits are in fact wingless, and they can’t jump or fly. Direct head to head contact is the only way nits can be spread.

If you are surprised about these ‘nit picked’ myths that seem to surround these creatures then take a look at our simple, yet informative infographic and tackle these unwanted companions in your children’s hair.

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The Prevention of Head Lice for Kids

head lice prevention(Written by Elle Yi) Head lice are parasitic insects called Pediculus humanus capitis. They are small and wingless parasitic insects that are found in human hairs. Outbreaks of head lice are most common in school-aged children. The insect spends its entire life on human hair and feeds exclusively on blood.

In order for them to survive and thrive, they need just 2 things; warmth and tiny amounts of blood from the head. When they bite, their saliva leaves small deposits that can cause an allergic reaction on the surface of the scalp of head. This reaction appears as small raised and reddish areas of head skin that become extremely itchy. [Read more…]