Many people write to us and ask about a lice infestation in kids. Lice in kids is very common. The key to eliminating lice is to use a safe and effective treatment.

We will now go over some general information about lice infestation in kids, and then discuss how to get rid of lice.

Head lice, also called pediculus humanus capitis, is the most common type of lice. Hair lice are parasitic insects that are found on people’s heads. Having head lice in kids is very common. Head lice is not considered a serious disease, but is embarrassing to have and can cause uncomfortable itching.

Fortunately, there is a very safe and effective lice treatment. It is all natural, contains no harsh chemicals, and kills all lice and their eggs (nits) in just one application. For information on how to get rid of lice, follow this link to the Fairy Tales Lice Removal Kit. For additional information about lice, please continue reading.

Who Can Get Lice

Anyone can get lice. You are at greatest risk of getting hair lice if you come into close contact with someone who already has head lice. Head to head contact is the most common way to get lice, however, you can also get it from contact with an infected persons clothing (such as hat, coat, scarves, hair ribbon) or other personal items (such as a brush, comb or a towel). Head lice cannot jump or fly.

Young children, ages 3-10, and their families are most often infested. Girls get lice more often then boys, and women more often than men. A person’s degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Symptoms Of Lice Infestation In Kids

While some children have no symptoms, most will have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent feeling of something moving in their hair.
  • Nits (eggs) that look like whitish shells are found attached to the base of hair strands near the scalp.
  • Scalp itching that is caused by an allergic reaction to the lice bites.
  • Irritability.
  • Red sores that can become infected if repeatedly scratched.

Where Are Head Lice Found

Head lice in kids are found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the hairline at the neck. They are rarely found in eyelashes, eyebrows or on the body. Lice in kids are difficult to see, and can change color to match the host hair.

Life Cycle Of Lice

Adult female lice lay eggs, called nits. These nits are firmly attached to the base of the hair shaft, closest to the scalp. The nits are often confused for dandruff. After a week or so, the nit hatches into a baby louse called a nymph. Nymph’s look like adult louses, but are smaller. They become an adult in 10 days, and as an adult live for about 30 days. To live, nymphs and adult lice must feed on blood. If the louse falls off a person and cannot feed, it will die within 2 days.

Now that we have gone over information about lice infestation in kids, it is important to discuss treatment.

Treatment For Lice In Kids

We have been recommending a lice cure for several years now. It is all-natural, and begins to work in just 7 minutes. It stops the itching, and kills the lice and their eggs. The manufacturer is so confident in the product that they give an unconditional money back guarantee. For more information on how to get rid of lice in kids, follow this link to the Fairy Tales Lice Removal Kit.

In addition to lice treatment, all household members should be checked for lice and nits. Also, the infected persons bed linens and clothing should be washed in hot water. Non-washable items like stuffed animals should be put in plastic bags for 2 weeks, and then opened outside. Combs and brushes should be soaked in alcohol or hot water for 5 minutes. The water should be at least 131°F or 55°C.

If you have any questions about lice infestation in kids, or how to get rid of lice, please contact us.

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