It is not a sign of poor hygiene. Head lice don’t really discriminate and don’t care if hair was washed this morning or last week.
This is true and 71% of mums got ‘full marks’ believing that head lice can be spread this way.1 Schools are advised not to store children’s hats in a communal box between breaks.
More than half (53%) of mums surveyed1 thought lice can be caught jumping from head to head when in fact they are unable to hop, jump, or fly at all – they are transmitted by close personal contact or by sharing caps and hats, brushes and combs with an infested person.
This is indeed a myth. Anyone of any age can get head lice but it’s generally more prevalent in school age children. Interestingly, nearly 60% of mums surveyed1 reported that they or their partner had had head lice at some stage so it’s a good idea to do a check of the entire family if an outbreak occurs.
Healthy lice are not detached easily from the hair shaft. Any louse found in a swimming pool will be dead or dying and not an infestation risk.
Lice need regular blood meals to survive and are very good at staying attached to the hair. If a louse is found on the floor it will be dead or dying and is not likely to be an infestation risk.
Human head lice are very specialised and will only live on human hair.
Head lice have not been found to carry any diseases and are not harmful; however it is possible to have an irritant / sensitization reaction to the saliva of the lice. This will make the skin itchy and rash.
While we are seeing resistance to some of the older pesticides* there are many head lice treatment products that are effective when used correctly.
You do not need to wash bedding to eradicate head lice.* A lot of parents feel more comfortable washing the sheets, and this is not a problem – we all love clean sheets! MOOV Head Lice products are effective in destroying, detaching and defending against head lice.
1. Head Lice Survey, September 2012, Galaxy Research, QB15.
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