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Lice Nits: Frequently Asked Questions

How do head lice and nits differ?

Head lice are the insects that crawl around on your head. Nits are actually clusters of tiny white sacs that contain eggs. Nits generally cluster close to the skin but they can also appear on individual hair strands. If you try to remove the nits, you probably will pull hairs out because they are firmly attached. You need not worry about nits that you see further down on hair strands. These hatched a while back and they’ll just grow out.

What do Head Lice/Nits look like?

Head Lice are tiny brown insects about the size of a sesame seed. Visible Nits are tiny, whitish ovals. They are firmly glued to the hair shaft, most often near the scalp. Nits may be mistaken for dandruff but unlike dandruff, nits cannot be brushed off or removed by normal shampooing and washing.

What is the difference between head lice and nits?

Nits are the eggs deposited by a female head louse which are glued firmly to the base of the hair shaft, close to the scalp where it is humid enough for them to develop properly. After seven days, an immature head louse (nymph) will emerge from the egg. After shedding their skin (moulting) three times, head lice nymphs become sexually mature adult head lice.

What is your policy on head lice (and nits)?

All parents of campers must check regularly for head lice for two weeks before camp begins, including on the morning of registration. Full refunds (minus a $30 registration fee) are available for parents who report this problem to us before leaving home. If, in spite of all this, campers do arrive with head lice, they must return home to deal with the problem, and be rebooked either later in the summer (at no cost) or for a week the following summer (at no cost).

Where should one exactly look for lice and/or nits ?

Lice prefer warm, humid and dark spots on the scalp, like behind the ears or in the neck, but can also occur even in the eyebrows.

Does Critter Colors TM kill the lice and the nits?

Yes! Critter Colors has continually shown to be 100% effective with a lice removal rate of 99.9% and Egg removal rate of 98.7%, consistently. (When product instructions were followed carefully) So far in only (1) single case, a single bug was found (LIFELESSLY clinging to a hair shaft. It was reportedly BRIGHT and EASY to SEE and remove. In all other reports all bugs were gone without a trace after the first rinse. ...

What should one do with head lice and nits removed from the hair ?

Kill the removed lice and nits through squeezing them between the fingers, by burning them, or by putting them in a small container with water and flushing them through the toilet.

How long can lice and nits survive without human blood ?

At a regular room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and without human blood, grown lice can survive for a maximum of two days away from the scalp. A nit can survive a maximum of 6 days away from the scalp/hair.

How does Emjoi® Goodbye Lice™ remove lice and nits?

Emjoi® Goodbye Lice™ is a battery-powered combing device that contains two fine-toothed combs that move opposite each other at high speed as they comb through the child's hair. This comb assembly is removable for cleaning after a treatment.

Q What if my child gets head lice (nits)?

Don't panic! Ask advice from the school office or your health visitor or doctor. Treat the hair immediately then send your child back to school. The best treatment is to wash or condition hair daily and comb thoroughly with a special "nit comb".

What should I do if I find lice or nits (eggs) in my child's hair?

Call the school nurse. *Call your pediatrician or pharmacist. *Begin treatment; follow the directions carefully. *Check all members of the family. *Call your child's after-care center and school of siblings to notify them. *Refer to Wilson School's Head Lice Pamphlet. *Have your child checked by the school nurse on the morning of his/her return to school before going to the classroom for clearance. 6)

What's wrong with just looking at my child's scalp to see if lice or nits are present?

The presence of nits (louse eggs) does not prove active infestation. These may be inactive, dead nits from a prior infestation. Or the white specks may not even be nits at all. The only way to prove active infestation is to find actual crawling lice. Finding crawling-phase head lice by looking at the scalp is not easy. ...

Is it possible that lice and/or nits stay behind even after long and intensive combing ?

Any lice staying behind following intense combing is unlikely ! Nits staying behind, however, is quite likely ! When a female lice has produced nits, they will hatch into new tiny lice within a maximum of 10 days. It then takes another 7 days again for these new lice to grow and be able to produce their own eggs/nits. This explains the importantness of the prescribed repeating of the treatment on at least every third day following the first treatment, until there are no longer any traces of live lice or nits left. BAck

My child has head lice (nits). What do I do?

The Condition and Comb Method is best: Hair is washed and rinsed Conditioner is appplied and rinsed out Hair is combed methodically with a fine toothed comb (nit comb) Repeat the above every other day for two weeks to break the head lice life cycle Continue to check hair for lice on a weekly basis. Other useful information in addition to the condition and comb method: Use Tea Tree Shampoo Rinse hair in lemon juice or vinager Always tie back long hair. ...

How long should I comb my kids with vegetable oil for lice and nits?

You should inspect them each day and comb with oil/conditioner if you find nits or live lice. Use an electronic comb like the Robi Comb to make inspections for live lice easier. Read on for more information about the Robi Comb. QUESTION #12: Isn't there anything that will help remove nits from the hair? So many products claim to do this, but I am having a hard time finding a product that works. ANSWER: The protein in the nit glue is chemically close to the protein in hair itself. ...

3. Do lice and nits alsways come together ?

Lice and nits always come together. Female headlice glue their nits (eggs) to the hair close to the scalp. The nits are drumshaped and appr. 1 mm. long. An active nit is really glued to the hiar and very difficult to remove, whereas an inactive nit, (dead or hatched) can be pulled from the hair quite easily. Following a treatment all lice and nits must be gone. However, often dead or hatched nits, greyisch in color, are mistaken for active nits. ...

Are lice and nits resistant against malathion and/or permethrine, the active insecticides in most prevailing lice treatments ?

Yes ! Increasingly resistancy is being reported against these insecticides, the active ingredients in most prevailing lice treatments. No single traditonal insecticide based lice treatment now guarantees a succesful treatment. Not only resistance, but also reinfestation, inconsistent usage, and insufficient discipline are the causes for the increasinly frequent failure of these treatments ! Back to FAQ 16. What should I do ? I have treated my child a dozen times, but it still has lice ! ...

How long does it take to “eliminate” lice/nymphs & nits/eggs when using your natural products?

You will see immediate results although it will still take from 7 to 10 days to completely rid yourself of all lice/nymphs & nits/eggs! It is important for everyone to understand that the “eliminate” is only step 1…Step 2 is preventing their return with our “preventative”! Our preventative is meant to use for the rest of your life without causing discomfort because I made sure the formula is an ALL Natural/Organic fantastic product. Depending on your individual(s) need, all you have to do is follow our directions. ...
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