While head lice are a common occurrence among children, there is unfortunately a plethora of misinformation about head lice abounds. How do you know what is fact and what is fiction then about head lice? Read on to learn about some common head lice myths:
Myth #1 – Lice can jump from head to head.
As lice do not have wings, there is no way that lice can “jump” from head to head. Thus, there is no need to worry about your child catching lice this way! However, please be aware that it is possible to catch lice via direct head-to-head contact since lice CAN crawl.
Myth #2 – Head lice in children are really contagious.
Once again, head lice can be only be transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. As such, in order to stop the spread of lice, it is recommended that your child avoids direct contact with another and does not share belongings with him or her.
Myth #3 – You are more likely to get lice if you have poor personal hygiene.
Although this myth is a popular one, poor personal self-care and/or a dirty home do not increase the likelihood of obtaining lice. Once again, you can get lice by direct head-to-head contact or by using a comb or another product that has touched the head of an infected person.
Myth #4 – Head lice prefer long hair over shorter hair.
No need to cut your child’s hair. As head lice have no preference for long or short hair, your child is not more likely to be infected if he or she has longer hair. Moreover, once again, it does not make a difference if the hair is freshly shampooed or not.
Myth #5 – You can get head lice from pets.
As a previous article mentioned, you cannot get lice from pets as dog lice only consume dog blood and cat lice only feed on blood from cats. Along similar lines, your pets cannot catch head lice from you or your child as human head lice only feed on blood from humans.
Have a head lice issue? Come visit one of our family owned and operated lice treatment salons at our Portland lice treatment salon or one of our Seattle lice clinics for your head lice treatment needs. For more information, do not hesitate to call 877-670-LICE or visit www.liceknowingyou.com.