Here are ten truths about head lice that you can trust to be true:
- Consumer Reports advises that the safest way to get rid of lice is with a metal comb and lubricant. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/head-lice-most-used-treatments-no-longer-very-effective-scientists-say-1.2776917)
- There are both in-home and salon professional services available to treat head lice.
- Salons may use a hot air device which carry some risk; not demonstrated to be safe for kids under 4 years of age…. “CAUTION: Because the device delivers heated air, there is a slight possibility of scalp burn if the device is not used according to instructions.” (http://www.airalle.com/risks/)
- In the past few years, many schools have dropped their “no nit” policies and allow children with nits (lice eggs) to remain in class.
- Lice cannot live off the human head for more than a few hours or a day at the most. (http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/head-lice.html)
- Lice are extremely contagious; if one family member has it, chances are others do as well.
- Rarely do dads have head lice; some studies suggest that lice do not like testosterone.
- Lice prefer clean hair to dirty hair because it is easier for the louse to adhere to clean hair.
- Adding gel, mousse, or spray to the hair helps to protect it from head lice as these products act as a barrier.
- Studies suggest that lice are repelled by the scent of peppermint. https://www.licedoctors.com/shop.html
If your child has been exposed to head lice, keep an eye out for scratching but don't rely on that symptom of head lice. Bring the child outside and look for nits in the bright light. If you find that your child has a case of head lice, you can try to pull out the nits yourself. That is a labor-intensive job; there are no short cuts. If you determine that the task is overwhelming or if you are not sure that your child has lice, it is time to bring in a trusted lice professional. LiceDoctors technicians use all natural protocols to kill the bugs and they hand pick remaining nits. Check us out at 805-665-3633 . You will be relieved that you did. House calls are available day or night, 365 days a year, in Simi Valley and nearby cities.