Has your child come home with lice nits in their hair? Our focus in this article will be to discuss lice nits, how you can get rid of them, and how to prevent them.
Lice nits go by many different names. Hair louse, nits and lice are just some of the most common names that they’re known to be called. Getting rid of lice nits can be incredibly frustrating and after you get rid of them, you have to scrub your house clean unless you want them to return to your head (especially your bedding). Even though it can be a tedious process to get rid of lice nits and deal with them, it’s important that you put in all of your energy to stop them from spreading – especially if you have children.
What Are Lice Nits?
Lice nits are tiny insects which aren’t harmful in any way but can be frustrating to live with and have on your scalp. They’re commonly found in children’s hair although it’s possible for adults to get them too. Contrary to popular belief, having dirty hair has nothing to do with lice nits and you can only catch nits if your hair touches someone else’s hair who has lice nits.
Finding out if there are lice nits living in your hair usually isn’t too difficult and although they’re harder to spot if you have dark hair, you can use a special comb (a detection comb) to comb your hair and see if there are any lice nits or eggs there.
If you have lice nits for several days before noticing them then you have to take action to get rid of them immediately otherwise, you risk them spreading to other members of your family.
Facts About Lice Nits
Before we get into the main sections of this article and explain how to prevent lice nits as well as how you can get rid of them, here are some interesting facts about lice nits.
- Lice nits aren’t capable of flying, jumping or swimming. They can only walk to get from one scalp to another.
- While most people think otherwise, having dirty hair doesn’t increase your chances of getting lice nits. Another common belief is that nits prefer cleaner hair – the cleanliness of your hair has no influence over whether you will get lice nits.
- Lice nits attach themselves to human scalps to suck blood as it is the only way that they can survive. If they aren’t killed when you get rid of them then they will die within 24 hours unless they find another scalp to feed on.
- A popular rumour is that lice nits are a sign that you are dirty and have bad hygiene. This isn’t true!
- It’s easier to see lice nits if you have light hair as they have a brown shell and their eggs are a yellowish colour. This makes it difficult to see them if you have dark hair.
Getting Rid of Lice Nits
There are a few different ways to get rid of lice nits, none of which are too expensive and you shouldn’t have to spend any longer than a few hours getting rid of them.
Lice Nit Lotion. These lotions are similar to shampoo and after applying it to your hair, you leave it for a few minutes to do its work, then wash it out. Lice nit lotion isn’t expensive, is very effective, and will kill lice nits very fast. After using the lotion, showering, and leaving your hair for a few hours, the lice nits will have died and you can either brush them out or shower again to get rid of them.
Lice Nit Repellent. Lice nit repellent works just like any other repellent, except this one is safe to put on your skin. All you have to do is apply or spray it onto your scalp, lightly massage it into your scalp, and let it do its magic. While this won’t kill the lice nits, it’ll get them off of your scalp. The only catch is that it won’t get rid of any lice nit eggs so you may have to use it for a few days until the eggs hatch and the baby lice nits crawl away.
Mayonnaise. This might seem like a silly thing to try (trust us, we know it sounds ridiculous) but a lot of people want to avoid going out in public if they or their children have lice nits and this may be the best choice for you if this is the case. Take some mayonnaise, massage it into your scalp while making sure that it covers all of your hair, and place a shower cap over your hair so that you don’t get the mayonnaise on your furniture. Leave the mayonnaise for a few hours before washing it out and washing your hair with shampoo afterwards (to get rid of the smell of mayonnaise from your hair).
Insecticide. Insecticides are used to kill insects and while typically they are toxic, the ones which are used to kill lice nits are non-toxic since they are applied to your scalp. A lot of people will start by trying to use an insecticide to get rid of their lice nits although we don’t recommend that you try these. Even though advertised as non-toxic, they are full of harmful chemicals which can cause damage to your hair follicles and if you use too much of it or use it for too long, you could experience skin burns.
Preventing Lice Nits
After getting rid of lice nits and ensuring that your house has been scrubbed clean of them, it’s in your best interest to do all that you can to prevent them from returning. It is difficult to prevent them, but there are a few things that you can do.
Don’t Share Hats. If someone has lice nits and they wear a hat, lice nits or their eggs may attach themselves to the hat. Following this, if someone else comes along and puts on the same hat, there’s a high chance that they will also get lice nits.
Don’t Hug Someone Who Has Lice Nits. By hugging someone who has lice nits, you are putting your heads very close together (most of the time against each one another). Lice nits will use this as an opportunity to start a new colony on a clean scalp and you too will find yourself having to get rid of lice nits.
As we said above, getting rid of lice nits is easy but preventing them can be a real pain. Other than these couple of pointers, there’s not much else that you can do!
Lice Nits Conclusion
We know that it’s tedious to get rid of lice nits and you’ll be exhausted afterwards, but it’s important that you deal with them accordingly. Leaving lice nits isn’t an option and fortunately, while it’ll take up your entire day to get rid of them, it’s not too difficult of a task to get rid of them. Keep in mind that if you have children and they come home with lice nits, contact their teacher and let them know so that they can alert the other parents and have them check their own children.