Head Lice Myths - The Truth Exposed
Finding out your child has head lice is a very upsetting situation for many people. As parents, we feel guilty, stressed, disgusted, scared and confused. Our immediate reaction is to tell only a few trusted friends or relatives or to seek advice from the internet. Unfortunately these sources can be misinforming, resulting in potentially dangerous treatments and unnecessary time consuming tasks. Sadly, these protocols never fully remove the lice. The following is a list of myths regarding lice removal as well as scientific explanations for why theses myths just don’t hold water.
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Please do not resort to this form of treatment unless your child is fully on board. Some boys don’t mind; most girls will find this extremely distressing and embarrassing. Hair must be shaved to within 1mm of the scalp since lice can live in as little as 2mm of hair if they are already established on the head. The environment must also be cleaned as per our recommendations.
Remember lice can close their air holes and remain alive for up to 8 hours. Also, the chlorine in a pool is nowhere near the concentration needed to kill lice.
Anyone can contract lice – male or female – newborns to senior citizens.
Freezing lice only makes them go dormant and they will reawaken when they thaw out.
You would burn your scalp before you kill the lice. The eggs are laid in the first 2mm of hair.
Head lice prefer clean people because they breathe through holes in their skin. If dirt, oils and grease from your hair clog these holes they become starved for oxygen and move on or die. Avoiding lice, is however, not a socially acceptable reason not to wash your hair.
First of all, there are no store-bought treatments that will kill all the eggs no matter what they claim. The eggs must be manually removed with an effective comb and conditioner. Many store-bought treatments contain the pesticides, lindane (a carcinogen) or pyrethrins, (a neurotoxin) and can be safely used only 3 times in your entire life. Not only are they dangerous but the lice have developed a resistance to these substances. Be sure to purchase a toxin free product or call the experts at Lice Services who utilize a safe and effective enzyme based treatment appropriate for all ages.
This doesn’t work. We just end up with pretty coloured lice.
After the common cold, lice, is the second most common communicable affliction among school-aged children. Most children will experience lice at least once during their time in school. Many will find this to be a recurring problem but in no way is it determined by the child’s cleanliness, race, soap or shampoo used.
Lice only continue to get worse until they are literally falling off your head. Extreme cases can be upwards of 20,000 to 25,000 bugs/eggs on one head.