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There are many doubts and many myths related to the prevention and treatment to eliminate lice and nits. And it is very normal that these questions haunt the head of parents when they perceive that there are lice and nits in their children's hair.
What to do at this time? How to remove lice and nits? Does my child have lice because he lacks more hygiene? These are some of the many questions that parents tell us.
1. How are lice spread?
Lice do not appear because the child does not wash his head properly. Lice appear by contagion from an infested head to another healthy head, moving quickly (and not flying or jumping as you think) or through the act of sharing objects such as combs, hats, caps, brushes, clothing, etc.
2. Can a lice infestation be prevented?
Yes. The best way to prevent the appearance of lice is to keep an eye on children's heads. It is important, especially when there is an outbreak of lice in the child's school, that his head is carefully inspected, if possible using a probe. Lice repellants are also very effective in this regard.
3. How do you know if a child has lice?
The first sign that can tell us that the child has lice is when the child continually complains that his head itches and that for this reason he scratches it insistently. The next sign is when the head is inspected and the presence of lice and / or nits is noted.
4. Why is it said that you have to detect lice as soon as possible?
Lice are very annoying because they cause a lot of itching on children's heads. Continuous scratching can cause irritation and even inflammation of the scalp. In addition, if it takes time to detect lice, a massive infestation can occur, the longer it is, the more difficult the result of the treatment will be for the parents.
5. If one child has lice and the other does not, what care should I take to avoid a new infestation of lice?
First, children's head contact should be avoided. Next, inspect items of clothing, as well as towels, hats, etc., that they may have shared. Whenever possible, the infested child's clothing should be washed at a temperature above 60 degrees. As for the toys and stuffed animals of the infested child, they should be closed hermetically in a bag for 48 hours. Lice will die from suffocation. As for the combs, hairpins, brushes, it is best to immerse them in boiling water.
6. Does the child have to stop going to school because of the lice?
There is no reason why the child cannot go to school. Once the treatment is done, the child can go to school. It is important that parents notify the school of their child's case, to avoid further infections.
7. Why does the treatment have to be repeated?
It is very important to repeat the treatment to ensure that all lice and nits are removed. A nits may have been left on the child's head and that is enough for more lice to hatch and reproduce.
8. When can you say that a treatment is complete?
A treatment is considered complete when all its stages are followed. In general, treatments consist of applying a lotion (10 to 15 minutes) with a cap on, then washing the hair with a special shampoo (for 3 to 5 minutes) and rinsing the hair. After letting the hair dry in the open air, without a dryer, use the cleaner to remove the dead lice and nits.
9. Are lice more in boys or girls?
Lice have preferences for girls' hair, not because they are longer, but because of the games they usually play, in which they are closer together and hugged, and share more objects such as hairpins, scrunchies, combs, etc.
10. Why do lice come back?
Lice can come back for two reasons. First, because the treatment has not been applied as it should be, that is, the parents have not strictly followed everything that the product leaflet asked for. Second, because there are children who are more prone to lice due to their blood composition. The same is true of mosquitoes, which are more likely to some people than others.
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