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Is it effective vs. Lice Eggs ?

What’s more we use a synthetic lubricant which makes comb-out smooth and easy, even for long, thick or curly hair.
It is clear, fragrance free and non-irritating to skin.
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Identifying Lice

Pruritus of the scalp might cause the parent to consider head lice as a cause.

Head lice are small (generally 2-3mm in size), but are visible to an observer with good visual acuity.
The hatchlings are the size of the egg from which each emerged (about the size of a poppy seed).

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Head Lice Symptoms

Symptoms As they wander about and feed, head lice cause pruritus of the scalp for some – but not all – persons.

Irritation results mainly from sensitization to salivary components introduced into the skin.

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Head Lice: How Do You Get It?

Hearing that someone in your child’s classroom has lice—or finding out that your own child does—is not a very pleasant experience, to say the least. But you should feel reassured about at least a few things:

  • Head lice can be treated by a variety of methods—and you can get rid of them.
  • Having lice does not mean that you or your child aren’t clean or have poor hygiene. Anyone and everyone can get lice.
  • Head lice do not spread disease—sometimes body lice can spread diseases, but head lice have not been identified as carrying any diseases.
  • If you are concerned about the safety of some of the lice treatments out there, you can use natural treatments—some research shows that they can be effective in treating infestations.1-3

How Do Head Lice Spread?

Lice have no wings, so they can only crawl—but crawl they do, and they can be very, very fast. Here is an overview of how lice spread—and what you can do about each one.

Head lice spread by direct contact with an infected person’s hair.

  • Kids will hug each other and literally “put their heads together.” You probably can’t completely prevent this—nor would many parents actually want to. Just be cautious of any child who is scratching his or her head constantly or who complains of an itchy head, and follow up with the school nurse or the child’s parents.

Head lice can also be spread by indirect contact with personal items that the infected person used.

  • Hats, scarves, helmets, and caps shouldn’t be shared. Even shared lockers or coat racks have been associated with spreading head lice.
  • Make sure your child has his or her own “personal” comb or brush.
  • Also, make sure your child uses her own hair ties, barrettes, scrunchies, and hair pins and doesn’t borrow these from other children. Be very open and honest with kids—they don’t want head lice any more than you do.
  • If your child is involved in a sport, make sure he or she has his or her own gear, and keep track of it. At the pool or gym, make sure your child has his or her own towels and other personal items.

How to Keep Lice from Spreading—and Coming Back!

First of all, there is no need to spray your home and belongings with potentially dangerous insecticides. Lice are known as “obligate parasites,” meaning they don’t survive very long without their human host. They need us to live, and they die within 24 to 48 hours after removal from a human host.4-6

After we will treat your child’s head and remove all the nits (the lice eggs found on the shaft of the hair follicle), there are a number of steps we recommend.

  • Everyone in the household should change his or her clothing and bed linens. These items, as well as any hats, scarves, coats, and gloves, should be washed in hot water (at least 140o F).
  • Dry them with heat for at least 20 minutes.
  • If something is not machine-washable, take it to the dry cleaner—but please warn them about the reason the items need to be cleaned.
  • Vacuum all chairs, sofas, headboards, and anything that may have contacted anyone’s head.
  • Soak combs, brushes, and any hair ties in 10 percent bleach or 2 percent Lysol for one hour. You can also heat them in water—as close to boiling as possible. Even safer—go out and get new combs, brushes, and hair ties.
  • One last thing—do not use your pet’s flea shampoo—it is true that these contain some of the same ingredients as the human lice shampoos, but they have not been tested on children and may be unsafe to use!
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Outlook and prevention

Outlook and prevention

The good news is while a head lice infestation can be annoying and possibly uncomfortable, this common condition is treatable.
Complications are rare and generally limited to skin infections caused by scratching.

Prevent head lice by instituting a “no sharing” rule for personal belongings such as combs, hairbrushes, towels, hats, and bedding.

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What Do Lice Look Like?

What are lice?

It’s the call from the school nurse that no parent likes to hear: “Your child has head lice.”
It is estimated that 6 to 12 million children under the age of 11 become infested with head lice every year.
Though head lice are not exclusively a childhood ailment, the majority of people affected by head lice are young.

The head louse, is a parasite that feeds on human blood.

Learning what head lice look like and how to detect them can help control an infestation before it spreads through the entire household

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What are Head Lice?

Lice is the plural term that refers to more than one louse. Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp, usually on children 10 and under.

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Can head lice fly or jump ?

NO ! Head lice never have wings and they are unable to jumpPeople tend to be afraid of head lice – and of children who may be infested by head lice.
But, these fears are based on myths and other bits of incorrect information.

We all learned as children that you could get lice by sharing a comb, brush, hat or other hair accessories, but head lice would rarely – if ever – transfer that way.
Children with head lice are often thought of as ‘dirty’, or that they must live in unclean homes.
In reality, head lice can occur on kids and adults whether they bathe daily or far less often, and regardless of how often or well the home is cleaned.

An itchy scalp is often thought of as a symptom of head lice, but everyone’s scalp itches every day – whether or not head lice are present.

So, if you have an itchy scalp, look for head lice and verify the identity of any creature you find to be sure it is, in fact, a head louse.

People also try home remedies and “natural” treatments to get rid of head lice – many of these methods are ineffective, messy, and sometimes dangerous.

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What’s the Lice Life Cycle ?

An adult female louse will lay about six eggs (nits) each day.
She attaches each egg with a cement-like material that does not wash out. If the louse mated, her eggs may develop during the next 9 days.The eggs do not grow, move or cause any health problems. Once developed, the young louse (called a nymph) breaks out of the egg, crawls on the hair and leaves behind the now empty eggshell.
The empty egg will never produce another louse, but it will remain glued to the hair until it is broken or cut off.

The nymph will grow in size and shed its skin every few days until it has matured to become an adult. Only the adult female can lay eggs

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