: Lice "jump" from child to child.Truth
cannot leap. Lice are transferred by contact, either directly or through another device (such as a comb, hat, furniture and or bedding).
I should use a pesticide on every surface of my house if my child
of the body, lice can only survive for a day or two. Nits that
hatch will die if they don't find food within hours. There is
no need to clean every inch of the house. Concentrate on the hair,
bedding, hats, toys, and furniture instead.
is the way to really kill lice.Truth
won't be effective because all of the humans won't be present.
Lice live on humans and animals. Fumigating the house will be
ineffective. Fumigation also has no effect on the nits (unhatched
eggs). Concentrate on the hair, bedding, hats, toys, and furniture
Jelly or Vaseline is the way to kill lice.Truth
petroleum jelly may smother lice, but it will take forever to
remove it. You might also find it is ineffective in destroying
nits. Every year we receive desperate calls from parents asking
how to remove the Vaseline from their children's hair. We still
Using Mayonnaise and a shower cap is the way to kill lice.Truth:
This is gross. It is also ineffective.
need to shave my child's head.Truth:
Hair removal can help the problem, but it will be traumatic. You
will do better to use a lice shampoo and carefully comb out the
nits. Leave the shaving for when you send them off to the military
as a teenager.
Lindane is the best lice treatment.Truth:
is a dangerous, prescription-only lice treatment. This drug has
a checkered past. In 18 years ago consumer advocates petitioned
the FDA to have it removed from the market. It is linked to reports
of seizures and even death from improper use. Consumer Reports
suggests throwing away a prescription for Lindane. "Besides"
they say "it is not as good at killing lice as the over-the-counter
Gasoline or Kerosene is a good lice treatment.Truth:
Every year someone manages to kill or maim a child because they
believe that gasoline or kerosene is an effective lice killer (they
are not). The last case we know of was a 13 year old girl from
Lorimor, Iowa. The volatile fumes will combust. These products
should not be applied to the hair (or other parts of the body).
are dangerous and carry disease.Truth:
Lice will cause itching and a rash, but there are few serious
health risks. Mostly, it is an embarrassment issue.
Only dirty kids get lice.Truth:
Personal hygiene has little to do with it. Lice can survive 24
hours underwater and they are not killed by soap and water.
Once you kill the lice you are done.Truth:
eggs (nits) will hatch after about 7-10 days. If they are not
removed after you shampoo it is likely you will be reinfested
will know right away if you have lice.Truth:
It takes your immune system 4-6 weeks to develop a sensitivity
to louse saliva. Meanwhile a female louse can lay 6 to 10 nits
a day. By the time you find out, several generations of lice may
be in residence.
Other Interesting Facts
About LiceInteresting Fact:
African Americans do not generally get lice.
Their hair shafts are of a different shape which lice have trouble
adhering to. In Africa however, the lice have adapted to this
hair shaft and Caucasians are immune.Interesting Fact:
Over 80 percent of schools will have a lice
outbreak each year.Interesting Fact:
Some mummified remains of ancient Egyptians
showed evidence of lice.Interesting Fact:
10-12 Million Americans will be infested with
lice each year.Interesting Fact:
Lice are thought to becoming more resistant
to pesticides. Some areas consider the problem to be an epidemic.
Southern Florida seems to be among the most strongly affected.Interesting Fact:
Lice and Nits will die at temperatures over
130 degrees Fahrenheit. So washing cloths in hot water or using
the dryer can effectively eliminate the problem.Interesting Fact:
The word Lousy refers to something that is
infested with lice. Louse is the singular of lice. The slang use
is more common such as "having lice is lousy".
Parents: September 2000,
"Bug Off", Pg. 83-85.
Time: September 25, 2000,
"The Nit Detector", pg. 104
Consumer Reports: February
1998, "Parents Scratching Their Heads", pg. 62-3
Time: January 12, 1998, "A
Lousy Nitpicking Epidemic", pg. 73-4
Good Housekeeping: July,
1999, "Send Pests Packing", pg. 150
John Hopkins Family Health
Book, 2000, Harper Collins, pg. 1305-6, 861, 1106, 1305