5th Aug 2020

If you have children who are in daycare, kindergarten or primary school, it may feel as though headlice 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?

Myths about headlice spread around groups of parents like hot gossip – so here’s what you need to know.

What Do Headlice Look Like?

Headlice are wingless insects roughly 2-3.5mm long.

Can Headlice Fly?

No. Headlice can neither fly or jump – they crawl and swing from hair to hair with their strong claws.

How Are Headlice Spread?

Headlice are mainly spread through head to head contact, as they can only survive for a day without a host.

Will Headlice Spread Throughout My House?

Headlice 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 headlice if there is an outbreak in your home, such as changing the bedding and washing soft toys and clothes.

How Long Do Headlice Live For?

Headlice 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.

If My Child Doesn't Have an Itchy Head, Does It Mean They Don't Have Headlice?

Unfortunately, this may not be the case. Many people with headlice don’t actually develop an itch, so regular checks of your child’s scalp is recommended if there is an outbreak at school.

How Can I Avoid Getting Headlice?

There are a number of steps you can take to help ensure you and your family don’t get headlice.

  • Tie back or plait long hair, especially for school
  • Do not share brushes, combs, hats or pillows (though spreading headlice is uncommon via these, it is possible)
  • Keep hair short during outbreaks if possible as it is easier to detect and treat in short hair
  • Notify your school so that other families can be alert and vigilant in checking their children

While headlice 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.

NYDA® express’ scientifically proven* headlice treatment kills headlice and their eggs in just one 10 minute application. Suitable for children of all ages, as well as babies and pregnant women, NYDA® express contains no neurotoxic pesticides, no nasty odours and is effective even against knockdown resistant lice.

Would you like to learn more about NYDA® express? If so, you can view our range here.

Or, if you’re looking for more information regarding headlice, you may find the below articles useful:

What is NYDA® express? How Does It Work?

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

Always read the label. Follow the instructions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.