The Facts of Lice

The Facts of Lice

Getting the Facts of Lice can be difficult and frustrating, especially when you are in panic mode.  I often see frustrated Moms walk through the door of Heartland Healthy Heads, each one with a different story about how they have treated head lice and can’t seem to get rid of head lice.  While many treatment options exist understanding the facts of lice is important to overcome head lice. During treatment I often have time to talk with parents and kids and educate about the life cycle and present the facts. Here are some FACTS OF LICE:

  • Head Lice is also known as Pediculus Humanus Capitus
  • Head Lice love the scalp of all people. Any age, color, race, or economic background.
  • Head Lice are more common in girls than boys.
  • Head Lice survive by sucking blood from the human scalp only.
  • Lice actually prefer clean hair to dirty hair; it has nothing to do with being dirty.
  • Lice do not hop, jump or fly. They move around by crawling.
  • Head Lice is transmitted mostly through hair to hair contact.
  • They can also be spread by sharing hats, brushes, and combs.
  • They not only survive off the human head for 24 hours. They need to eat to survive.
  • Head Lice is very common, second to the common cold among children.
  • Head Lice multiply rapidly, prevention and early detection is important.

Prevention is key. They best way to prevent head lice is to have a good mint based spray or a lice repel spray and a good metal lice comb. Most have head lice for 3-4 weeks before they notice. Check for head lice one a week. Early detection makes treatment easier and decreases the number of individuals it could be passed onto. Don’t be embarrassed, Be a friend—Tell a friend. Head Lice can happen to anyone!!!!!