|Wet the hair |
comb through the hair close to scalp (with a nit comb)
lice do NOT jump/hop or
leap from head to head but climb hairs when heads are close together.
are reports that head lice can live off of the head for up to 36 hours
once it has left the scalp, and whilst they move incredibly slowly
during this time there is a chance that they could be transferred to
other scalps by the following methods –
hats or other head garments
brushes and combs
could be turned over each night in order to prevent re-infestation.
heat kills lice – Tumble drying clothing and linen will remove them.
These may seem like ‘over the top’
precautions to take, but where head lice are concerned it is always better
to be aware of other steps you can take to help eradicate them from your
family heads and home.
How do you know its head lice?
The adult resembles a sesame seed or a grain of rice and is light brown
– grey in color they are also slightly transparent.
They move very quickly over the scalp and are hard to see.
The Eggs as shown in the diagrams are incredibly small.
The live dark brown egg cases (nit) are glued strongly to the hair, close
to the scalp.
They are stuck on so well that you will have to use your nails to scrap
it off of the hair. It will not be flaky, loose or crumbly.
Once the louse has hatched out, the egg case (nit) turns white and
gradually makes its way down the hair as the hair grows naturally.
Dark brown/black colored egg case close to the scalp is live (louse is
about to hatch)
A white/cream colored nit that is attached to the hair further down the
hair – is dead (louse has already hatched)
It would be worth asking the doctor/health
official what information they have about natural ‘Neem’ remedies.
Local specialist homeopathy/health shops should
stock a range of herbal Neem
products. This tree based substance eradicates lice and nits by attacking
their nervous system and may be the way forward in helping to control the
spread of these parasites
without a home.
More information on this subject can be found at –
Ideas & Activities for the Under Fives, Foundation Stage &
– Hints and Things does not necessarily endorse or recommend any or all of
the suggestions contained on these pages. We would never recommend the
use of pet shampoos, kerosene, etc., especially on children. They may
well get rid of the lice but can be dangerous and may call health problems
in the future. Professional advice should be sought before use.