If you have kids in preschool or elementary school, You should be prepared for the possibility that they may pick up a head lice infestation. It’s not something any parent wants to deal with but with 6 to 12 million lice outbreaks a year in the U.S., you may find yourself having to learn all you can about these little pests.
WHAT ARE HEAD LICE AND HOW DO THEY SPREAD?
As parasitic insects, lice hang out around the scalp in order to feed off the blood underneath it. They’re very small, about the size of a sesame seed, and they occur in three growth stages. These stages are the nit (egg), nymph (juvenile) and the adult louse, which is the singular term of lice. Nits are attached near the bottom of hair strands close to the scalp because they depend on its warmth for incubation. They are even smaller than the grown lice, as you can imagine, and are white or yellowish specks that can sometimes be confused with dandruff. After hatching, the nymphs grow into adult lice in about 7 to 10 days.
One point of good news is that lice aren’t able to jump or fly since they don’t have wings or strong hind legs. This leaves crawling from one kid to another as the primary means by which they spread. This will occur when direct contact is made between the head or just the hair of an infested person and that of another child. While this scenario accounts for the vast majority of cases, they can also live up to 48 hours off the scalp, so if your kid puts on a hat, helmet or scarf of an infested kid or uses their hairbrush, they might pick them up from that as well.
THE MAJOR SIGNS OF HEAD LICE
The first thing you need to know about lice is how to detect their presence on any of your children. The following are common signs of head lice:
- If your child complains of a tickling sensation or of a feeling of movement on their scalp, this is frequently head lice.
- In the event you see any of your kids scratching a lot, check them for lice because this is a frequent sign given that some kids have an allergic reaction to their bite.
- If you happen to notice red patches or bumps on top of their head, especially near the scalp, this can be another sign of an allergic reaction to lice bites or an indication of your child scratching incessantly due to bites.
- Because lice tend to be more active in the dark, difficulty sleeping is another commonly reported sign of lice.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT HEAD LICE
The first thing to realize is that these pests are not considered dangerous, so don’t panic about head lice and take any rash actions such as shaving your child’s head. Also, they don’t discriminate based on economic status, hygiene or any similar factors, so embarrassment is not called for either. All that being said, they are quite the annoyance for anyone having to deal with them, so what should you do to get rid of them?
Let’s start by addressing what not to do. Sadly, most lice have grown a tolerance to the chemicals and pesticides used in over-the-counter lice shampoos. Prescription medications may have a reputation for being stronger but often they are not effective either. These so-called “super lice” need a more effective treatment method.
HEAD LICE TREATMENT THAT WORKS!
At Lice Lifters, quickly and effectively eradicating lice from the heads of families afflicted with this problem is literally all we do, so you know we have to be pretty good at it or we’d have been out of business long ago. We get results through the professional application of 100 percent safe, non-toxic and all-natural methods and products that are guaranteed to handle this problem for your family. Don’t let your loved ones suffer from the itching and misery of head lice when they don’t have to.