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I’m So Itchy Writing About Getting Rid of Lice

I love Jennifer Garner. She’s so relatable, and I think she’s got such a down-to-earth vibe and great sense of humor. She mentioned having mom brain once, and I can totally relate. Then this clip on Jimmy Fallon about head lice had me giggling:

Watching the video and talking about head lice makes my head itch. And while I haven’t yet experienced head lice with my kids or myself (knocking on so much wood right now!), these myths and misperceptions about lice from RID had me feeling better about what feels like an inevitable parenting experience.

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If your head doesn’t itch, you probably don’t have lice.
FALSE: While the most common symptom of lice infestation is itching, some children do not experience any symptoms at all.

Lice jump from head to head.
FALSE: Lice cannot fly or jump but they can crawl very quickly. Healthy lice likely won’t leave a healthy head unless there’s a heavy infestation.

Serious diseases cannot be spread by head lice.
TRUE: Head lice are not known to spread disease and are not a significant medical or public health hazard.

You cannot get lice from your pets or give it to them.
TRUE: Although certain types of lice can live on animals, the types of lice that infect humans do not live on pets or other animals.

Head lice are more common among people who have dirty hair or bad hygiene.
FALSE: Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Children can still go to school if they get head lice.
TRUE: While many schools have “no-nit” policies, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to recommend that a healthy child not be excluded from school because of head lice or nits. Children can finish the school day, be treated, and return to school, according to the AAP. Many cases of head lice are acquired outside of school, and head lice are not highly contagious within classrooms. Children should not share hats, headphones, combs and other personal items to prevent potential cases of lice from spreading.

Lice can be treated effectively without a visit to a doctor.
TRUE: Lice elimination does not generally require professional medical attention or a trip to the doctor.

If you detect live lice after one treatment, the treatment didn’t work.
FALSE: Some lice shampoo, such as the RID shampoo, is designed to kill live lice. Even when lice shampoos kill live lice, unhatched eggs may still produce live lice. The newly hatched lice can be eliminated with a second treatment between days 7 and 10, which is why a second treatment is so important.

Olive oil can be used as a natural way to eliminate lice.
FALSE: There is no clear evidence to suggest suffocation of head lice with olive oil, mayonnaise, margarine, butter or similar substances is an effective form of treatment. Caution should be used when selecting non-drug topical lice treatments (e.g. herbals) as their efficacy has not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All lice products work with a single treatment.
FALSE: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a second over-the-counter treatment, 7-10 after the initial treatment is often necessary to kill newly hatched lice before they produce eggs.

So if you get “the call,” RID says there’s no need to panic. Their 1-2-3 Lice Elimination Complete Kit guides you through each of the steps and includes scientifically proven shampoo to kill lice, plus everything you need to remove their eggs, and treat your home. Here’s hoping you never need it!

Who else is extremely itchy right now? Raises hand. —Erin

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