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The Joy's of Motherhood! Dealing With Head Lice!

Updated on December 20, 2016

Help For Lice Indy, Lice Facts & Myths

Just utter the word Head Lice and you'll see even the toughest individual head scratching & running for cover. Find lice on the precious heads of our sweet children and you'll find parents throughout the world begging for help. Fortunately for parents there is a new resource in town. World renowned, & top lice expert Katie Shepherd and I, founders of Help For Lice Indy, ( Head Lice Removal Service, Indianapolis' newest treatment option, knew there had to be a better way to deal with head lice. I traveled to South Florida to train and received certification in "The Shepherd Method" , a 100% Natural Strand by Strand combing method with The Shepherd Institute & Lice Solutions Resource Network, Inc. (, the only nonprofit head lice treatment organization in the country, we are ready to assist parents in the Indianapolis area and around the USA with a full range of in home services including head checks, the most up-to-date lice education and for those that need it—complete Lice & Nit Removal Service.

Lice Facts & Myths

  • Studies have shown, that 98% of people get head lice from head to head contact, and only 2% is environment (combs, brushes, pillows, seats, toys etc)
  • Swollen glands may be a sign of head lice
  • Eggs are different sizes; they do not grow
  • Lice prefer the soft hair of children
  • Nymphs have an exoskeleton that they shed three times in life
  • Lice have two antennas on their heads that are sensory
  • O+ and A+ blood types get more lice than others
  • We say that nymphs (babies) are so tiny that they look like dirt, about the size of a pepper
  • Lice like long hair; that's why you see more lice on girls
  • Nits feel like grains of sand stuck to the hair
  • Nymphs must have blood within two hours of hatching
  • A female louse lays eggs twice a day
  • Keeping hair tied back is a good way to prevent head lice
  • Parents can vacuum or cover seats for 24 hours
  • A recognized process for removing head lice is called “The Shepherd Method”
  • Lice are most commonly found on children
  • Lice are spread when someone's head comes in contact with someone else
  • Lice saliva causes many people to itch
  • Products used for treating lice should be safe, Over The Counter head lice removal products such as Rid or Nit can be dangerous to to children and should not be used, these are PESTICIDES
  • Nits are very close to the scalp are difficult to see, so they are easy to miss
  • You only have to clean your house a little bit if your child has lice
  • Children should use mint spritz before they go out to play
  • If lice get in dread locks, we have to cut them off; extensions also have to come off
  • Getting head lice from our environment is not as much a concern as it used to be, so we don't have to put stuffed animals in plastic bags for 2 or 3 weeks or clean everything
  • Children should go back to school lice and nit free
  • Lice leave a scent, attracting other lice
  • Nits are never milky white
  • Eggs can be found very close to the scalp and farther down the hair shaft
  • Adult female lice can lay eight to 10 nits a day
  • If a school has a no nit policy, then a child cannot got back until the nits are gone
  • *You may see more lice during the fall, but there is no head lice season
  • Lice have claws that they use to cling to the hair
  • Adult Lice are approximately the size of a sesame seed
  • Lice are nocturnal (they are active at night)
  • Lice cannot live for more than 24 hours off the body. They do not live on pets
  • Lice are six legged insects, otherwise known as bugs
  • Lice cannot jump or Fly
  • Lice Hot spots are behind the ears and the nape of the neck
  • We cannot give lice to our pets, nor can it give lice to us
  • Other words for a baby louse is instar or nymph
  • After treatment, you should change the linens on the bed and wear fresh pajamas
  • Nits may look like dust or dandruff
  • Eggs are cemented onto the hair shaft with a glue that's difficult to dissolve
  • It takes at least 2 nits or lice to cause an infestations, so long as one is male and the other is female
  • We should comb damp hair once a week for about 10 minutes to prevent head lice
  • People don't die from lice, although they could from secondary sources
  • Lice do not like to leave their food source—they often go to another person's hair by accident
  • Lice don't have wings; therefore they can't fly
  • Lice need the same blood type to survive if they go to another head
  • Male lice are narrower than females and have brown bands across their back
  • Lice can close their ventricles so it appears they can hold their breath for two hours.
  • Do not get too close to known cases of head lice
  • Lice and nits do not fall off your head, although the hair shaft they are on can
  • One head can be a bridge to another for a louse to cross over
  • Lice don't care if your house is clean or dirty
  • Lice like a clean head of hair better than a dirty one
  • Lice must eat every 3 to 4 hours
  • A rash can be a sign of head lice
  • It takes approximately 7 to 10 days for a nit to hatch
  • Lice also live on African Americans and in Africa their claws have adapted to the people's oval-shaped hair shaft
  • You can't wash a nit or egg out of your hair
  • Having head lice may make a child's head sore
  • Adult male lice will attempt to mate with other males and nymphs (babies)
  • Adult lice are fast; they move 9 inches per minute
  • Head lice only eat blood from a human head
  • You must tell your child friends & all they have been in contact with to prevent the spread of Lice..You should never feel embarrassed or ashamed, Lice is a part of childhood
  • To be safe, after treatment, vacuum or put a sheet over your couch for 24 hours before you lie on it
  • It is very difficult to get rid of head lice without proper treatment
  • We do not know if a louse is a male or female by looking at it with the naked eye
  • Hatched or dead eggs do not fall off the hair
  • We do not know for certain if head lice spread disease
  • Braid hair to prevent lice
  • Because lice camouflage themselves, if your scalp is tan they may be too
  • Children in the age group of 3-11 are most susceptible to getting lice
  • Hairspray and gel do not prevent lice
  • Head lice do not hop from head to head or anywhere else
  • It is unlikely that you will get head lice when you swim in a pool


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