More than 6 million kids across the world get lice on a yearly basis. Even though they’re pretty harmless, they are super pesky, which is why there are a few things you need to know about them to fight an effective battle against them! Here’s the dirty truth about lice:
The dirty truth about lice
Head lice are small insects that live on the hair and head of humans and pets. They start off in nit form, eggs that attach themselves to the shaft of the hair. Because the nits are so small, they’re hard to spot and can often be confused with a flaky scalp.
Nits are white to yellow in colour and take about a week to hatch into baby lice, which are called nymphs. Nymphs mature into adults within a week. The louse itself is about as big as a sesame seed and has a brown to grey colour. It’s able to survive on a human head for up to thirty days but needs human blood to stay alive.
Why do kids get lice?
The fact of the matter is that anyone can get lice, but kids are a little more prone to getting infected because they spend a lot of time in close contact with each other while playing. Because they have longer hair, girls get lice more often than boys.
How can I tell if my kid has lice?
Some kids only feel slight movements on their head, but in most cases, kids are bothered by a deep itch on their heads which causes them to scratch a lot. You can inspect your kid’s head by being on the lookout for nits on the shaft of the hair. More often than not, parents spot the nits before they see any lice.
How do I treat my kid if they have lice?
Over-the-counter agents work best when used in combination with a fine-toothed comb, which helps to get the eggs out. There’s a wide variety of lice shampoo products available on the market, and most of them are effective when used as a single-shot treatment.
Can I delouse my home?
Yes, and if your kid recently had lice, it’s something you can’t put off doing. You can use hot water to wash all bedding and clothing that your child recently came into contact with. One of the best ways to get rid of lice is vacuuming, and typical areas to clean include the furniture, rugs, and car seats.
When can my child return to school after a lice infection?
If you spot and treat the problem promptly and effectively, you can send your kid back to school the next day, but some schools have strict policies about lice. Check with your kid’s school to see what their policy is since some schools don’t allow children with nits on their hair back in the classes until their heads are clear of nits.