Head Lice Facts

Heartland Health Heads is here to educate the community and provide head lice facts. The American Academy of Pediatrics ( www.aap.org) estimates that 6-12 million people get head lice in the United States each year. Contrary to some myths, lice are just as likely to infest a clean head as they are a dirty one. While the thought of bugs in a child’s hair may be upsetting – there’s no reason to panic!

What Are Head Lice?

  1.  Head lice are tiny wingless insects.
  2.  They have 6 legs and do NOT fly, jump or hop, they only crawl quickly.
  3.  They are human parasites that feed on the blood off the scalp.
  4.  Feeding off the scalp causes the itching.

How Prevent the Spread of Head Lice:

  1. The main way lice are spread is head-to-head contact.
  2.  Do not share hair-related personal items.
  3.  Avoid sleepovers and slumber parties during lice outbreaks.
  4.  Machine wash and dry, at high temperatures, any bedding and clothing used by anyone having lice.

How Big are Lice and Their Eggs?

  1. Nits (or eggs) are about the tiny and oval shaped glued to the hair.
  2.  Nits are attached to the hair with a strong glue-like substance but can be treated by Heartland Health Heads, the only provider of the AirAllé™ head lice treatment system in the Greater Kansas City metro area.
  3.  Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed.

About the Nit, the Nymph and the Louse:

  1. One nit can hatch after 8-12 days and then becomes a nymph (a young louse).
  2.  A female louse will become an adult in 3-5 days and lay 6 or more nits per day.
  3.  Lice can live about 30 days on your head in their lifetime – that can be a lot of eggs if left untreated.

Where Do Head Lice Come From?

  1. Nobody is certain about the origin of head lice.
  2.  Head lice can even be dated back to mummies in ancient Egypt.

How Do Head Lice Stay on My Hair?

  1. Lice have tiny but powerful claws that hold onto the hair.
  2.  Heartland Healthy Heads professional head lice removal system dries up lice and eggs in 30 minutes by blowing warm air at the hair’s roots, and all are combed out.

Can You Get Lice from Your Pet?

  1.  No. Lice do NOT live on animals.
  2. Pets do NOT play a role in the spread of head lice.
  3.  Head lice are HUMAN parasites and do not live on animals.

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