What if you notice your child scratching their head a lot lately? What if you start to think there could be a problem with head lice, and you just don’t have the strength to deal with it? Won’t the lice life cycle take care of itself? Won’t the bugs eventually just die and solve the problem? Absolutely not!
Here is why head lice is a problem that needs to be dealt with:
The Lice Life Cycle Doesn’t Lie
The lice life cycle lasts about 30 days. Once a female reaches adulthood, she will lay up to 10 eggs per day. Those eggs will hatch 7-9 days later. Nymphs, or immature lice, grow and develop into adults in about two weeks. Then, those adult females will lay up to 10 eggs per day, and the number of head lice will rapidly multiply. Not only will the problem get worse for the initial victim, but also it can spread to those living in the same household, or in close contact.
Washing Hair with Shampoo and Water Is Not Effective
Hygiene habits do not control head lice. Some people think that just using a quick bottle of over the counter head lice shampoo should do the trick. Some people just opt for regular shampooing. The problem is, those methods will NOT effectively kill the nits that have been laid on the scalp. They will continue to grow and hatch. Furthermore, adult head lice have the capability of holding their breath for up to eight hours at a time. According to MedicoRx, this is why home remedies such as suffocating head lice or using mayonnaise are completely ineffective as well.
Head Lice Is Highly Contagious
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 12 million children in the US will contract head lice this year. Direct head to head contact is the number one way to pass head lice. What does that mean? Leaning in for a hug, whispering a secret, sitting together to share a good book, or even pushing heads together to snap a selfie are potential ways that teens and children can pass along head lice. Adults that live in the home of a small child are also at much higher risk of infection. One of the most common mistakes people make is not checking every person in their home for head lice. It is highly likely that if one person in your home has head lice, others are infected as well.
Humans Can’t Pick Out Every Single Nit With Great Accuracy
Sometimes parents rely solely on their ability to nitpick through a child’s hair and pick out every one they find. Because many children have dry skin, dandruff or flakes, it is difficult to identify exactly what are nits and what is not. Also, throughout the entire scalp, it can be super tricky to sift through every single strand with perfect accuracy.
Here’s How We Can Help
Lice Clinics of America offers professional head lice checks for those who need help determining what the problem is, or if they have a head lice infection. We also offer the latest and most effective methods to rid your family of head lice. Our treatments will save you time and money in the long run because the problem will be eliminated, rather than prolonged with ineffective treatments. We know everything about the lice life cycle, and how to help you get rid of it! Call our office today to schedule your appointment.