“Lice is” the plural for “Louse”. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live in human hair and feed on the blood circulating in the scalp, whereas nits are the eggs of adult head lice. Lice feed every 3 to 6 hours, so they do not usually survive for more than 48 hours away from the host once head lice lay nits, the nits take about a week to hatch.
Head lice spread when people are in close contact – for example, when heads are close together, when you wear an affected person’s hat or scarf, or when you use an affected person’s comb or hair brush. It’s common for children to get head lice because their heads are often close together as they play or do their schoolwork.
Some children can get head lice several times a year. Head lice is a common problem in Australian schools, especially during warmer months of the year.
If your child has head lice & nits don’t be sad. It’s not your fault, it’s nobody’s fault actually. Many kids get them in actual fact around six hundred thousand children get head lice every year in Australia and it is an all year round problem. It certainly peaks during the 4 back-to-School semesters:
Jan/Feb April/May July/August Nov/Dec
Head lice are simple insect pests just like mosquitos, who also feed on human blood. The problem is that, unlike mosquitos, people are embarrassed to talk about Head Lice There is a completely unjustified misunderstanding and social stigma associated with head lice and nits that makes most people (especially parents) uneasy about discussing the subject. The prevailing assumption is that head lice are associated with unclean personal or housekeeping habits. When in fact nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, head lice prefer clean heads
The key to getting rid of head lice & nits is to remove both the nits (eggs) and the live head lice from the hair, head lice can be eliminated without using toxic chemicals, the key is the fine tooth lice comb combined with the Blast-A-Nit System, which incorporates the wet combing method.
As a parent you’ve probably had to deal with head Lice & Nits at least once, and you shudder at the thought of having to do it again. There is no short cut to eliminating head lice and nits. Some products advertise that their products kill all lice & nits without combing, but there is NO evidence so far that this is true.
Increasingly parents are finding that chemical based lice shampoos just don’t work.
Not knowing what else to do, many parents shampoo again with the same, or another, pesticide based lice shampoo, use pesticide based lice sprays on carpets or furniture, wash bedding and clothing over and over, in an attempt to solve the problem. The costs and frustrations mount - and so do the exposures to harmful chemicals. And often, the lice remain.
Head lice can be eliminated - and they can be eliminated without using toxic chemicals, and without spending lots of money.
The key is in the comb. A recent study in the British Medical Journal found that finely combing wet hair with a comb specially designed for head lice was four times more effective in getting rid of head lice than malathion or permethrin based lice shampoos. The National Pediculosis (the scientific name for lice) Association agrees. This non-profit group has been working for years to help parents eliminate lice without exposing their children to harmful chemicals.