It Is A Pity You Have Pediculosis! Head Lice and the Itchy IrritantsHead lice or pediculosis is quite common among school-age children, especially those under the age of 12, because they so frequently are in close contact with other children throughout the day.
They also are found to be common among this age group because children often share personal belongings and hugging and touching each other is also a normal part of their daily routine.
Head lice eggs look basically like dandruff, a big white and color, but unlike dandruff head lice can''t simply be moved with a fingernail.
If the tiny white spot sticks to the shaft of the hair, then it is a nit. Headlines may be passed on when you use the same bed, or even sit on the same upholstered furniture as if someone who is enduring an infestation of head lice. Even if a stray hair falls off the head of someone infected and all and to a piece of furniture it can still be transferred to another person.
Typically he did not see head lice anywhere on the body except on the head. But there are some cases of people finding head lice in chest hair or armpits.
Controlling headlines is an ongoing problem for parents. Education on head lice should be included by the school nurse during back-to-school time, during parent-teacher meetings, in personal notes, or even in school newsletters.
September is National Head Lice Prevention Month and you will find that many schools decide to take part during this month to educate both children and parents.
Now don''t get complacent and think that school-age children are the only ones who get head lice. Wrong! It doesn''t happen just at school. Head lice infestation can occur in the church nursery, and babysitters'' house, in a day care center or even at summer camp. Your children are not immune.
Once one person in the family has been infested with head lice, the entire family must be examined. However, only the infested person should be treated.
Prevention is almost impossible simply because you cannot control what your child does outside the home.
You can however try to prevent your entire family from being infested by encouraging them not to share clothing, hairbrushes, or any personal belongings with infested family members.
Sounds easy does it?
But it can be tough particularly if you have small children, they simply do not think about it. In order to treat products that may also have been exposed to lice you must soak all combs, brushes and hair accessories in hot and soapy water.
The soaking must last for at least 20 minutes in water that is at least 140°. All bedding and clothes of the person that has been infested with which they have been in contact must be washed in hot water. Carpets, rugs, pillows, even mattresses must be vacuumed thoroughly. By thoroughly vacuuming these items then you will be able to pick up any stray hairs that might have fallen from the hair of the infested and help prevent further infestation of others in the family.
The goal of any head lice treatment is to get rid of all of the nits in order to prevent the reinfestation of pediculosis.
Most importantly early identification and appropriate and aggressive treatment of the head lice can help to get rid of the initial infestation and help to prevent others in the family from becoming infected as well.
Pediculosis treatment is fairly easy, just a bit time consuming.