Saturday, 19 February 2011

Head Lice

We've been reading Doctor Dog for a reason...there are visitors in the hair of class members. (Just as there are in many Queensland year2 classes!)

According to information from the following site

Is it true that head lice only like clean hair?
No. Head lice are not selective. They don't care if hair is long, short, blonde, brown, washed this morning or last week. As long as they are warm, and have blood to drink, then they are content.
What treatment kills 100% of head lice or eggs?
There is no single treatment that kills 100% of head lice or eggs. Whichever treatment you choose it can take time and persistence to get rid of head lice. 
How does the conditioner and comb method work?
It’s a very cheap and effective way of finding head lice. Hair conditioner does not kill lice, but it does stun them for about 20 minutes, meaning they do not move around, and it is difficult for them to hang on. This gives you time to comb through the hair with a lice comb.
Why do you have to treat again in seven days' time?
Head lice eggs take 6-7 days to hatch. And when you treat, it’s easy to miss an egg or two. By treating again in seven days, you are aiming to kill and comb out any lice that have since hatched from eggs, which were missed.
What should I wash or treat at home?
As head lice only live for a short time off the head, the only extra cleaning needed is to wash the pillowslip on the hot cycle or place in clothes dryer. Head lice combs can be cleaned in water hotter than 60 degrees.

1 comment:

  1. Room 3 love this book!! It makes us laugh and laugh! If you have a look on our blog side panel you will see we have it as one of our favourite books in our bookshelf. (We just love it ... luckily we don't need a 'reason' to read it....well fingers crossed at the moment)