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Lice is more prevalent than ever and with schools moving away from nit-free policies and notification of cases in the classroom, we donâ€™t anticipate it slowing down anytime soon. Parents typically want to know three things: (1) How do I PREVENT lice? (2) How do I IDENTIFY lice? (3) How do I GET RID of lice?
What to look for? HOME HEAD CHECKS
There are a few characteristic traits that separate the nits from the nots:
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT LICE Teach your child that their personal space includes their head. Approximately 98% of cases are spread via head-to-head contact. Use preventative products. Mint essential oils have been shown to be most effective in repelling lice. Tea tree oil is not recommended for treating head lice in children. Children with long hair should wear their hair up. Check your children with the Nitorious B.U.G. Terminator Comb weekly. Check them more frequently if they have been exposed to a confirmed case.
Lice is most commonly spread by direct head to head contact.
An adult female can lay 8-10 eggs per day for approximately two weeks of adulthood.
Nits are ALWAYS the same size and shape â€“ a tear-drop shape, approximately the size of a poppy seed. Nits NEVER wrap completely around the hair strand. They hang off just one side of the hair, often making them invisible from different angles. Turn that hair around and see if you can see the suspected speck from every side. Nits are NEVER milky white; they have a shiny quality to them and can range in color from nearly clear to almost black. Nits CANNOT be easily blown or slid off the strand. They are glued to the strand and it takes the scrape of a fingernail or a nit comb to force them off the hair.
Nits are glued to the hair strand, where they incubate for 7-10 days.
Once hatched, the babies (nymphs) take 7-10 days to mature.
It is estimated that only about half of head lice cases actually itch.
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