5th Aug 2020

If you’ve ever had a child come home from school itching their head with the dreaded headlice notice in hand, you may be familiar with how difficult it can be to tackle a nit infestation.

Headlice rumours and myths have long run rampant among parenting groups in an effort to avoid a case of the pesky nits.

Read on to separate fact and fiction when it comes to the creepy crawlies on your little one’s scalp.

Myth #1: Everyone With Headlice Scratches

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who experiences headlice will encounter the common itching and scratching sensation.

In fact, some people don’t experience any kind of response to headlice at all!

Just because your child isn’t itching their head doesn’t mean nits aren’t present. If there’s been a headlice outbreak at your little one’s school or childcare, it’s always important to thoroughly check their scalp.

Myth #2: Headlice Prefer Clean Hair

In an effort to alleviate the embarrassment that sometimes comes along with nits, some parents comfort their children with the notion that the outbreak is a result of their cleanliness.

Unfortunately, a lice infestation isn’t necessarily a marker of your little one’s impeccable hair-washing.

Headlice don’t necessarily prefer one type of hair over any other. Clean, dirty, straight or curly – the little critters aren’t picky!

Myth #3: Headlice Can Be Spread Via Pets

A common misconception about nits is that they can survive anywhere that hair is present. Often times, this confusion leads people to believe that pets contribute to the spread of headlice.

In actuality, a louse will die if it spends more than a day separated from the human scalp.

So you can rest assured that your precious pets aren’t at risk of becoming infected next time your child brings a case of headlice home.

Myth #4: Headlice Can Fly And Jump

A louse is typically about 2-3.5 mm long. Due to their small size, few of us ever get a close enough look at headlice to realise that the little critters are actually wingless insects. This means that they are unable to fly.

Unlike fleas, headlice also can’t jump.

Instead, they spread from person to person by crawling and swinging from hair to hair. This is why headlice is primarily spread via direct head-to-head contact (such as cuddling).

If you found this information useful, you may enjoy the following:

Headlice: The Facts, The Myths & How To Avoid Them 

How To End The Nit Itch With Dimethicone

Life Cycle Of The Nit (And How You Can Beat It)