Life of Head Lice: Better knowledge about lice means better protection against them

January 19, 2018 10:02 am

Are lice part of your childhood horror stories? Don’t let your children experience the same thing by equipping yourself with knowledge about how they develop and how you can protect your child against them. Here’s a list of facts you need to know now:


1. Have you ever seen spots made of tiny, white, and waxy substance on your child’s hair shaft near the roots? These are called ova or nits, which are eggs laid by a female louse.

2. Female louse can produce four to 10 eggs in a day.

3. These eggs will hatch in about 10 days. If you also spot these nits toward the end of the hair shaft, this only means that the nits have been already there for quite some time.

4. Nits appear to be yellowish brown or white.

5. When the eggs are hatched, it becomes a nymph. After a few days, it becomes a full adult louse.

6. Adult stage of louse lasts up to 28 days and it produces another batch of nits.

7. One of the most common causes of lice spread are head-to-head contact (hugging, sleeping near each other, etc.) and borrowing of anything that touches the head area (brushes, hat, pillows, pillow case, etc.)

8. Humans cannot be infected by lice from animals.

9. Anyone could get infected, but children are the most common victims.

10. Children don’t just get infected, their personal and school life get affected, too.

11. Lice cause severe itchiness. Severe scratching causes abrasions on the scalp.

12. Students infected by lice are not allowed to go to school until fully cured. This affects their performance and confidence, too.

13. It could also lead to fever and enlargement of lymph nodes.

14. Lice = dull and dry strands.

15. If infected, the best cure is to kill the lice. Use Lindell Lotion, a harmless, one-time treatment with Permethrin 5%!