Sometimes as parents we fly through life with the attitude that bad things will never happen to us! They only happen to other people. Why should I worry? Unfortunately, the moment we realize that every child is susceptible to being bullied, breaking their arms, or catching a nasty bug we begin to look at things a little more realistically. Head lice are no exception. Every parent should arm themselves with knowledge. The more you know about head lice, the more you are able to prevent or eliminate an infestation in your family. Here is a quick Head Lice Pop Quiz to see how prepared you are a parent against head lice. Have fun and see how you favor against others!
Head Lice Pop Quiz for Parents
Question #1 – Why do head lice need a human host?
- They don’t. Head lice can live on any number of animals, pets or even birds.
- Head lice are exclusively a human parasite that lives off human blood and warmth to survive.
- Head lice eat human hair and can survive without a human host as long as they have a food source, such as a hairbrush.
Question #2 – How long does it take for head lice to reach adulthood?
- Head lice lay eggs, nits that incubate for 10-14 days until hatching. Then their bodies grow and molt until reaching adulthood. This process usually lasts about 10-12 days.
- Nits are laid at the base of the scalp and hatch once they are fully grown, usually about 14 days.
- Head lice are born live from their mothers and take about three weeks to grow to adulthood.
Question #3 – What are super lice?
- Head lice that have developed the ability to fly, making it much easier for them to infect many people.
- Head lice that are able to hold their breath for up to 10 hours. This allows them to be unaffected by shampoos or water.
- Head lice that have build up immunities to the active ingredient in over the counter shampoos.
Question #4 – How many head lice does a person have with an average infestation?
- 100- 200 adult head lice
- 10-12 adult head lice
- 20-30 adult head lice
Question #5 – Who is most likely to contract head lice?
- Children between the ages of 3-11 are the most likely.
- Adults who take the bus and/or fly frequently.
- Elderly people are most likely to contract head lice because they don’t wash their hair very often.
How do you think you did? Here are the answers in case you are unsure!
Answer #1 – Head lice are exclusively a human parasite that lives off human blood and warmth to survive. Pets play no role in head lice or the transfer of head lice.
Answer #2 – Head lice lay eggs, nits that incubate for 8-9 days until hatching. Then their bodies grow and molt until reaching adulthood. This process lasts about 10-12 days.
Answer #3 – Super lice are head lice that have build up immunities to the active ingredients in over the counter shampoos, pyrethrins, and pyrethroids. This is found in common products that have been overused since the 1990s.
Answer #4 – Although much worse cases are possible, the average head lice infestation is usually between 10-12 adult head lice before they are taken care of and eliminated.
Answer #5 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that children between the ages of 3-11 are most likely to contract head lice.
Ready for more information? Contact our Lice Clinic of America, Medway today to speak with a professional staff member about your head lice situation. We are ready and willing to offer advice, perform head lice checks, or give you any information you might be seeking.