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Debunking Head Lice Myths
Head lice is very common in schools, and if your children are between the ages of 3 and 11, they are especially at high risk. It is estimated that 1 in 10 children will be infected by head lice this year, and can be transmitted easily and quickly. Lice are small wingless bugs that feed from dead skin on the scalp, and can become epidemic, moving from host to host via direct contact or through shared articles of clothing.
Head Lice Fact Sheet
Lice is often misunderstood by the public, and is often erroneously associated with poor hygiene. In a recent study of Canadians, 36% of parents did not feel confident in their ability to identify lice or nits in their children’s hair, and 56% of parents felt that they would feel distraught and or embarrassed if they found that their child had lice. Below are some facts about lice that will educate you about them, and possibly save you some frustration.
Lice and School Children
Lice are tiny wingless bugs that live in human hair, feeding off of blood in the skin. They are transmitted from host to host through direct contact, or through shared clothing. School, where children congregate in large numbers, and participate in various activities, is a common ground for your children to get lice.
Protect from lice infestation
The most common sign of lice is an itchy head or neck. Take a close look. If it's lice you'll probably see these wingless insects or their eggs (called nits) on the hair shaft very close to the scalp. Nits resemble tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before hatching.
Signs of head lice
Lice are parasitic insects that live on hairy parts of the body and feed on human blood. The most common sign of lice is an itchy head or neck. Head lice live on the scalp, especially behind the ears and on the back of the head. Take a closer look.
Treatment Options for Head Lice
Lice are wingless insects about the size of a sesame seed, which live on human hair, and feed off of blood from the skin. They are well adapted for living on hair, with hooks that claw them on to strands of hair. Without a host, they cannot live longer than 24 hours.