Lice are ugly little bugs with six legs tipped off by pointy nails. They have beady eyes and an oval behind. Feeding on human blood they thrive on the scalp laying nits, name for lice eggs, on hair strands. Living around thirty days an average lice bug can lay over a hundred nits that will hatch in about ten days.
Like a mosquito they can carry diseases from one person to the next. Though they haven’t as of yet caused any serious outbreaks. Mainly they itch. Itching is a reaction of the skins defense system or antibodies, matter in the blood that helps kill bacteria or foreign invaders.
The easiest way to get lice is for UN-infested hair to come into contact with hair from an infested person. A long time problem has been lice in the schools especially with younger children. Children from kindergarten through elementary. Maybe because younger children are freer in spirit. They hug more, play more, and have more free time in the classroom. Another way children get lice is when desks touch. It gives room for an infected child’s hair to blow into the uninfected child’s hair sitting next to them. Whether this is done by the air conditioning unit or heater or simply by one child bending over to ask to borrow a pen or paper.
Lice can go unchecked in classrooms for quite awhile. It depends on when the school nurse’s check heads for lice. When lice are found the child is sent home for the day so parents can seek treatment. Some over the counter lice treatments don’t work as well as they used to. Be aware that lice have developed antibodies to many older products that have been around. Rid and Nix are a couple of these products. If all the lice get killed then survival of nits might cause another reoccurrence.
Some long time practices have involved suffocating lice. Anything oily or greasy such as Vaseline will work when applied to the scalp. Heavy astringents for the face applied to the head will help if left on for several hours. Some of the lice will die, but not all of them when any kind of smothering treatment is involved.
If lice are proving hard to get rid of a prescription lotion called Ovide might have to be used. This product kills all but 2 percent of nits. Headaches and nausea are side effects of the odor the Ovide lotion gives off. It is also flammable and has to be left on for eight to twelve hours.
Killing lice doesn’t have to be a burden on parents. Hard to kill lice can be left in the capable hands of two very unique salons located in Los Angeles and New York. Entertainment is provided while lice wranglers treat hair. Three treatments are the norm. The price range falls around $330 dollars for everything.
An invasion of lice could spring up all year as long as infested kids don’t kill all the invading lice. As a last resort bundle up all of your child’s hair and stick it under a hat. The hat shouldn’t have any holes. If lice can’t get to hair your child’s head should be safe.