Myths and Truths About Children's Lice

Myths and Truths About Children's Lice

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Lice do not transmit disease, are not transmitted to animals, and they do not jump or fly. If someone has passed you information like this, do not consider it. They are wrong. They are part of a large number of myths and truths that exist about lice, and that only serve to increase the doubts and fears of parents when they discover that some or all of their children have lice.

Lice are very small parasites that inhabit the head of human beings. To live and develop feed on small amounts of blood from the scalp, and to reproduce they leave their eggs (nits) in the hair. The louse has six legs and not eight as they say.

- The color of the louse varies from beige to gray, adapting to the color of the hair that infects. Its color becomes darker after it feeds. And it is usually located behind the ears or on the nape of the neck.

- Females reproduce eggs quickly, up to ten a day.

- The eggs are attached to human hair by means of a substance similar to glue and it is very resistant to water.

- The incubation of the eggs usually lasts 8 to 10 days. When lice (nymphs) are born, as they grow they move away from the hair root. They become adults after 10 days of birth. An adult louse usually lives up to 30 days on a human head.

- Head lice are the second most common condition in children. It is second only to the common colds.

- Lice jump: Lice are insects that do not jump or fly. They just walk, quickly. They can move from one head to another very easily, through contact or clothing.

- Lice are a disease: Head lice are not a disease and do not pose a public health risk.

- Nits are spread: Nits are not contagious. Just the lice.

- Lice live many days outside the head: Lice can live off a head for up to 24 hours. So they can spread through cushions, pillows, armchairs, etc.

- Lice drown: Lice are resistant to water. You can get lice from a swimming pool.

- Lice is a sign of dirt: Lice are not spread by poor hygiene. They like both dirty and clean hair. So there is no need to be ashamed of not having lice and if you do not report a case of lice and thus prevent them from spreading. Anyone can get head lice.

- Lice go to long hair: Girls get more lice not because they tend to have longer hair, but because they tend to have more physical contact between friends.

- Dogs transmit lice: Lice from animals are not transmitted to people.

- It stings the head because they bite: The cause of the itchiness caused by lice is not from their bites but rather from the saliva that they inject to feed.

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