Head Lice: The Facts, Myths & How to Avoid Them
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If you have children who are in daycare, kindergarten or primary school, it may feel as though head lice are always on your mind. Do your kids have them? Does one of their friends? How do you get rid of them with the minimum of fuss?
Head lice myths spread around groups of parents like hot gossip – so here’s what you need to know.
Head lice are wingless insects roughly 2-3.5mm long.
No. Head lice can neither fly or jump – they crawl and swing from hair to hair with their strong claws.
They’re mainly spread through head to head contact, as they can only survive for a day without a host.
They don’t live or breed on animals, bedding, furniture, carpets, clothes or soft toys. However, you should take steps to help reduce the risk of spreading lice if there is an outbreak in your home, such as changing the bedding and washing soft toys and clothes.
Head lice start out as eggs (also known as nits), and can take between 7-10 days to hatch. Once hatched, the young lice (nymphs) can take 6-10 days to become an adult, and can then lay eggs themselves.
Unfortunately, this may not be the case. Many people with head lice don’t actually develop an itch, so regular checks of your child’s scalp is recommended if there is an outbreak at school.
There are a number of steps you can take to help ensure you and your family don’t get lice.
While head lice are a common occurrence, it’s now easier than ever to get rid of them if they become unwanted guests in your child’s hair.
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