Head Lice Infestations


Head Lice is a problem that affects about 10 percent of primary grade school children and their families each year. Children ages 3 to 10 years and their families are infested most often. It also happens that girls are more often infected than boys. Our goal at Head Lice Treatment Info is to inform you about the dangers of head lice and how to treat it accordingly.

There are several ways to treat head lice, including head treatments and pesticides. It is important to keep in mind, however, getting rid of a lice infestation requires more effort than simply cleaning the head of lice. It is essential to clean any headgear and bedclothes that the person came in contact with.

Infestations can be started by wearing infested clothing, such as hats and scarves, by using infested combs or towels, or by lying on beds or pillows used by an infected person. It takes only 30 seconds for lice to move from one infested head to another, which means long-term head-to-head contact is usually needed in order for head lice to spread. Keep in mind if a louse falls off a person, it dies within one to two days.

Head Lice can spread whenever there is direct contact with the head of an infected person. Lice can also be spread through the sharing of personal articles like hats, towels, brushes, helmets and hair ties. Head lice do not jump or fly.

There are some quick tips to steer clear of head lice. One thing you can do is watch for signs of head lice, like frequent head scratching. Remember, anyone can get head lice, mainly by head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats and brushes.

It helps to check all family members for head lice at least once a week. Lice are reddish-brown wingless insects, nits are grayish-white, always oval shaped, and are glued at an angle to the side of the hair shaft. Be sure not to confuse hair debris for lice as lice treatment is not appropriate for hair debris.

Generally, the best way to protect your family and community is to check for lice on a regular basis. If you are cleaning up lice, avoid lice sprays! Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with attached lice.

Lice are not identified as a disease by The Center for Disease Control and no agency keeps track of how frequently it occurs. So if your child has head lice, you want to notify their school. At some schools, notices are sent to parents notifying them if someone in their child’s class has lice. This helps to keep lice infestation under control.