One in 10 children will contract head lice. If a small child has a case of head lice, chances are almost 90% that mom will have it too. Chances are over 70% that a sibling will have it. Lice infest people from all socioeconomic levels, without regard for age, race, sex or standards of personal hygiene.
Head lice are passed from person to person through direct contact.
Don’t Keep the News to Yourself: Be a Friend…Tell a Friend.
You don’t want your child’s friends giving it right back to your (lice free) child.
- Once present in a home, school or institutional environment, head lice spread rapidly.
- Not everyone’s scalp itches when they have lice.
- They do not transmit communicable diseases however secondary infections can occur.
- They do not burrow into your scalp, jump or fly; they can only crawl.
- Head lice do not travel from your head to any other part of your body.
- Animals are not a source of human lice.
- “Super Lice” refers to lice that have become resistant to over the counter treatments.
- Having lice DOES NOT mean that your child or your house must be dirty. Lice love that head-to-head contact between friends.
- Spring cleaning your whole house does little to eliminate your head lice problem. Lice cannot survive more than 24 hours off the head. Concentrate on cleaning, bagging and using high heat on items that had direct contact with the child during the 24 hours prior to treatment.
- Don’t skip the recommended follow up visits. Treated people should be check 7 days and 14 days after initial treatment.