What Are Head Lice?
Head lice are wingless insects that plant themselves on the scalp and live as a family consisting of eggs (nits) and lice.
Nits are tiny grey-white masses and are securely attached to the hair shaft. Adult lice are dark brown and young lice are light brown.
Although they only have a lifespan of 35 days, they quickly reproduce, continuing the cycle.
Like mosquitoes, head lice survive by feeding off human blood several times a day.
Who Are Head Lice Attracted To and Why?
Head lice can appear on adults and children without discrimination. They are not dangerous, do not carry diseases and are not a sign of poor hygiene. They can be itchy and annoying for their host. Lice can move up to 30cm per minute, they can be hard to see and they know to disperse when hands come to search!
What are the Symptoms of Head Lice?
An itchy scalp and crawling or tickling sensations are the main signs of head lice. The severity will depend on the sensitivity of one’s skin. In some children, a rash may develop. Excessive scratching can also lead to a bacterial infection causing tender, crusty or oozing skin which may require further medical attention.
Are Head Lice Contagious?
Yes - Head lice are highly contagious and transfer from one head to another in order to find fresh blood to feed on.
How Do Head Lice Spread?
By crawling or swinging from hair (strand to strand). They can commonly be spread through:
However, head lice cannot survive long when they are away from the human head.
What are the Consequences of Children Catching Head Lice?
Under the Australian School Education Act 1999, a principal may exclude a child with head lice from school until treatment has commenced. So to prevent kids from missing school - and to prevent parents from missing out on work - head lice PREVENTION is key.
How Can You Prevent Head Lice in Your Family?
Treating head lice is a very time consuming and precarious task, so PREVENTION is key.
Preventing head lice is easier than you think. Follow these tips to help prevent infestations:
Use MosQuit’s Anti-Lice Hair Bands to tie hair back. The natural Citronella Oil will repel the lice and make them less likely to cling on to the hair. The anti-lice hair bands come in:
Check your children’s hair regularly for signs of eggs (nits) or lice
Avoid sharing hair brushes or combs
Sterilise brushes between uses
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