Can you prevent a lice infestation?
Yes. To do this, children should be constantly monitored. Above all, it is advisable to check the hair with the lendrera when it is known of any outbreak of lice at school. If we confirm that the child does not have lice and there are, in their environment, it is possible to use specific lice repellents sold in pharmacies.
- If one child has lice and the other does not, what precautions should be taken to avoid contagion?
First, you should avoid contact between the heads of minors and avoid sharing objects that have contact with the hair. Then, inspect any clothing , towels, hats, etc. that they may have shared. Whenever possible, the infested child’s clothing should be washed at a temperature above sixty degrees. The combs, hairpins and brushes must dip them in boiling water and aspire throughout the house.
- Is it possible to get infected in swimming pools?
Lice in the water enter a state of suspended animation , but remain firmly attached to the hair, trying to survive. Therefore, lice are unlikely to be transmitted in water, but there is a possibility of infection by sharing towels or storing personal items and clothing near infected objects.
- Can pets transmit lice?
No, lice can only live on people’s heads . They are human parasites.
- Are lice more common in boys or girls?
Lice are usually transmitted more among girls , not because they have longer hair, but because of the games they usually play, in which they are closer and hugged, and because they share more objects such as hairpins, hair ties, combs, etc. There are also children, regardless of gender , who are more predisposed to suffer from them, due to their blood composition.
- What causes itching?
The discomfort is caused by the saliva generated by the louse when itching on the scalp to feed. Scratching the head can irritate the scalp and produce a small bacterial infection that increases discomfort.
- What product should I use to treat the minor?
There are pediculicide shampoos, lotions or foams, which should always be applied to dry hair, massaging the area lightly, and according to the manufacturer’s and pharmacist’s instructions.
- When can a treatment be said to be complete?
When all the relevant stages have been completed : applying a lotion (ten to fifteen minutes) with a cap on, washing the hair with a shampoo and rinsing the hair. It is important to dry the hair outdoors, never with a dryer, since the heat inactivates the residual insecticidal effect of the product. To finish, the hair should be combed with a comb to remove dead lice and nits.
- Why do I have to repeat the treatment?
It is very important to repeat the treatment seven days after the first application to make sure that all lice and nits have been removed. With any left, it is enough for more lice to hatch and reproduce.
- How can you tell if the nits are alive?
Lice deposit the nits on the fringe, the base of the hair and behind the ears , because they are the hottest and most suitable areas for survival . Therefore, the farther from the base of the hair they are, the longer they will be on the head and they will have hatched or be dead.