You never know when you might have a lice infestation on your hands, especially this time of year. That’s why we’re going to equip you with the knowledge you need! By “debugging” common lice myths, you will feel more confident if you’re ever faced with a lice infestation in the future.
Half of all people who get lice never itch! The only reason someone with lice will have an itchy scalp is if they are having an allergic reaction to the louse’s saliva.
Every year, 6 to 12 million people get lice in the United States. And while children ages 3 to 11 are most commonly afflicted, anyone with hair can get lice!
Luckily for us, lice can’t live for more than 24 hours off a human head. That means there’s no reason to bag up or throw away clothes and linens. The best thing you can do is use your cleaning time wisely to vacuum anything your child has come into contact with in the last 24 hours.
Lice can run super fast but they can’t jump or fly. And the only way lice will spread is if the head of a person with lice touches the head of someone else.
Unfortunately for lice, they can’t swim. In fact, they actually freeze in place when they’re wet. That means the best way to catch and remove lice is to keep the hair wet during the removal process. But don’t be fooled! Water won’t kill lice. They can hold their breath for a long time so it’s important to take them off the head (aka their source of food) before they dry.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Some lice, known as super lice, have become resistant to the pesticides on the market that are used for lice treatment. And not only do those harsh treatments not work on super lice, but no solution has been proven to harm or kill nits (the lice eggs).
THE ONLY WAY TO END AN INFESTATION IS TO REMOVE THE NITS
As long as the nits (lice eggs) remain on your child’s head, they’ll keep hatching and reproducing. That means the lice infestation will go on and on and on. Which is why physically removing the nits from the head is ONLY way to end a lice infestation. It’s common for parents to think that their child keeps “catching” lice, but in reality, the original infestation never went away. It’s likely that not all of the nits were removed during treatment, so the hatching of lice eggs appears to be a new infestation.
THE WET COMBING METHOD IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO REMOVE LICE AND NITS
By now you know that the only way to get rid of an infestation is to end the lice lifecycle by physically remove the lice and nits from your child’s head. And how do you do that? With the wet combing method!
The wet combing method is safe, simple, effective and all natural. All you need is water, conditioner, and a lice comb! Luckily, you can find these components in the Dollar General Lice and Nit Removal Kit with WelComb®. The kit includes:
~Conditioner to lubricate the hair, making it easy to comb out lice and nits. (Don’t worry, it’s free of pesticides, harsh chemicals and ineffective oils!)
~A Detangler Comb to remove tangles and evenly distribute conditioner throughout the hair.
~A WelComb® that has rigid teeth just the right distance apart so no louse or nit can slip through and a beveled edge that allows you to get right down to the scalp where lice and nits live.
You can find full lice removal instructions including a video in both English and Spanish, at https://welcomb.com/instructions/. And if you’d like to “debug” even more lice myths, click here!
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