According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and substantiated by a perception study of school nurses, elementary school-age children miss between 12 and 24 million days of school every year due to lice.* That’s more lost school days than asthma.
The fact is, lice are a leading cause of lost school days in the U.S. Yet, the leading medical institutions are way behind in keeping up with current recommendations for treating lice. They continue to recommend over-the-counter treatments, home remedies, and prescriptions, all of which have major shortcomings.
Heated-air treatment is rarely even mentioned by the major medical websites. It’s time that moms get the truth about what works and what doesn’t.
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*Price JH, Burkhart CN, Burkhart CG, Islam R. School nurses’ perceptions of and experiences with head lice. J Sch Health 1999;69:153-8.
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Facts & Myths
Head lice are generally misunderstood. They have been around for millions of years, and dried up lice and their eggs have been found on the hair and scalps of Egyptian mummies! Head lice do not come out of the air or from the ground. They are human parasites that feed on blood and travel from one head to another. Head Lice are uniquely adapted to be on a human head. They would never choose to come off of a head and onto a pillow, hat, chair, etc.
Anyone can get head lice! A person’s degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has little or nothing to do with getting head lice. A common misconception is that lice infestation is a result of poor hygienic practices. In fact, head lice actually seem to prefer clean hair over dirty hair. Lice are an equal opportunity infestor.
Head Lice Myths
MYTH: Lice can jump, hop, and fly
Lice cannot jump from one person to another. They have six tiny claws and hold on tightly to hair shafts, which is how they move from head to head.
MYTH: Lice are very easy to get
You can’t get lice just by being close to someone who has them. Head-to-head contact is the predominant way that lice spread.
MYTH: Drugstore remedies are effective
Lice have built up a resistance to the ingredients in the most commonly purchased lice shampoos and topical treatments. These products only kill a small percentage of the live lice and have no effect on the eggs.
MYTH: Lice spread disease
Even though lice can be annoying and frustrating, they don’t directly carry disease. At most, saliva from lice bites may cause an itchy and irritated scalp.
MYTH: Lice can infest a house
Lice cannot live off the human head for longer than 48 hours. So, unlike fleas and ticks, they cannot infest the carpet, furniture or bedding.
MYTH: Lice like dirty hair
Actually, hygiene makes no difference to lice. Lice are parasites and the head is the host. Lice are parasites that feed on human scalps regardless of how clean or dirty the hair is.
Never Get Lice Again
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
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Wear hair in a bun, a ponytail, or in braids
Don’t share combs, brushes, or hats
Avoid head-to-head contact
Check for lice once a week with a fine-tooth comb
When taking selfies, keep heads apart
Use the “Don’t Bug Me” wristband to remind you to check for lice
Lice Can Happen To Anyone
Here’s a word of advice if you’re planning to fly Delta Air Lines:
Do not scratch your head during the flight, except in the privacy of a restroom.
If you’re scratching your head as to why you shouldn’t scratch your head in public aboard a Delta jet, here’s a cautionary tale for you:
On a Delta flight from Paris to Nashville by way of Minneapolis last weekend, flight attendants told a family of five that they could not board the plane for the last leg of their trip home until they went to a Minneapolis hospital emergency department to be treated for head lice, all because the 6-year-old middle son began scratching his head mid-flight while waiting to use the bathroom.