When it comes to annoying parasites, lice make the top of the list for those who work with school aged children. The prevalence of head lice nits and the accompanying adults in school houses across the country has exasperated many parents and teachers attempting to get rid of them.
Although some people think that lice are a sign of being unclean, that is simply not the case. The tiny wingless bugs are not attracted to filth, nor do they cause diseases. The only health hazard posed by head lice is if a person has an allergic reaction to the bites.
The sharing of brushes, hats and other headgear is the most common cause of transference. It only takes one adult louse to create a new infestation. The little bugs have six tiny legs with curved claws that are used to maneuver around the scalp. If they are holding onto a hair that ends up in a brush and someone else uses it within the next few hours, the louse will have a new home.
However, they will die quickly if they do not have a human host to feed from. They bite their victims repeatedly throughout the day in order to feast upon their blood. But, if there are any head lice nits around, they can still spread the infestation, which is why it is vital that they are all removed during the treatment session.
The nits themselves are often the first sign that a parent or teacher has of an infestation. The child may or may not have complained of itchiness before. However, these little white dots attached to the hair are a cringe-worthy indicator of at least one louse. The females can lay up to six eggs each day, which means it does not take long for one transferred louse to lead to a full-blown lice infestation.
There are many different remedies for getting rid of lice and the associated nits. Some of them involve chemical based medications while others use barriers such as mayo to smother the pests.
A fine tooth comb is needed to remove the nits from the hair. This can be a tedious but necessary process to ensure that they don’t come back. It is essential that the entire scalp is treated, as well as bedding and other areas of the household that might have become infected.
Although you cannot avoid the possibility of a head lice infestation in your home, you can reduce it by teaching your children proper habits. Let them know that they should not share headgear and hair styling equipment. Explain that you are not accusing their friends of being unclean, simply that lice are equal opportunity parasites who will live on any scalp that they can.
Although it is troubling, head lice are not a serious health concern. If you have discovered someone in your home is suffering from head lice, start working to eradicate them immediately. Doing so will be worth the effort and prevent them from spreading further!