Headlice info

About Head Lice

Head lice have been around for many thousands of years. Anyone can get head lice and given the chance head lice move from head to head without discrimination.

A head louse is 2-3mm long (about the size of a pinhead) and can vary in color from grayish white to brown. Head lice live on, or very close to, the scalp. They do not tend to be found far from the scalp. Head lice are a common problem and not something to feel embarrassed about.

Thousands of people suffer from a head lice infestation each year. Head lice are mainly acquired by direct head-to-head contact with an infested person's hair, but may infrequently be transferred with shared combs, hats and other hair accessories. They may also remain on bedding or upholstered furniture for a brief period.  

                                                          They cannot swim, fly or jump

Head lice derive nutrient by blood-feeding once or more often each day, and cannot survive for more than a day or so at room temperature without ready access to a person's blood. A nymphal louse hatches from its egg after about 8 days of development, and  begins to feed, grow and develop until it attains the adult stage about 9-12 days after hatching. A female louse may deposit more than 100 eggs at a rate of about six eggs each day. Only those eggs deposited by inseminated female lice will hatch. Generally, an infested person has fewer than a dozen active lice on the scalp at any time, but may have hundreds of viable, dead and hatched eggs

                                                         Does my child have to miss school?
According to the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001, children with head lice may be readmitted to school after head lice treatment has commenced. A certificate from a doctor or council is not required before your child goes back to school. Children do not catch head lice from school, they catch it from other children when they gather together at schools. Head lice are not the fault of schools.

                                                          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.

                                          Ko Lice-n-Mite Environeem, Neem oil

What is neem oil and why would this product work? Neem oil is a vegetable oil, cold pressed from the seeds of the neem tree. Neem contains a substance called azadirachtin, which has been demonstrated to inhibit the production and release of a vital hormone that initiates the insect’s (nits) molt, thereby interrupting the breeding cycle of lice. The strong garlicky smell of neem can be overcome with the addition of a sweet natural fragrance.

TGA Aust L210423   Natural Head lice/nits oil.  Application takes only 5 to 10 minutes. Mix the oil either 50/50 or less depending on lenght and thickness of hair with conditioner, apply to hair and scalp, leave in for 10 min, Rinse, shampoo and your finished. 

TGA recommends;

Not to be taken; Do not use if pregnant or likely to become pregnant; Keep out of reach of children.

When Pregnant, protective gloves can be used when applying to your childrens heads.