Head Lice

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Head Lice

  1. 1. Head Lice
  2. 2. What is head lice? <ul><li>Insect that lives on human hair </li></ul><ul><li>Feed on small amounts of human blood </li></ul><ul><li>Very common amongst school aged children </li></ul>Web site source: www.headlice.com.au/the_facts
  3. 3. What do they look like? Here are 2 magnified photos. Photo courtsey of http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice/photo.shtml Photo courtsey of http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice/photo.shtml
  4. 4. Photo courtsey of http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice/photo.shtml Different Sizes
  5. 5. What is a nit? <ul><li>The nit is the egg of the head lice. </li></ul><ul><li>The egg attaches itself to the hair strand with a special glue </li></ul><ul><li>They hatch after 7 days. </li></ul>Photo courtsey of http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice/photo.shtml
  6. 6. YUCK !
  7. 7. Fact or Fiction? <ul><li>Can head lice jump, hop, swim or fly? </li></ul>Fiction They crawl very fast
  8. 8. Fact or Fiction? <ul><li>Can head lice live on your pet? </li></ul>Fiction They only live on human hair
  9. 9. Fact or Fiction? <ul><li>Will having head lice make my head itchy? </li></ul>Fiction Less than ½ the people with lead lice will have itchy heads. WOW!
  10. 10. How will I know if I have them? <ul><li>Great question – especially as we just learnt that we may not get an itchy head! </li></ul>An adult needs to check your hair regularly for any signs of head lice or nits. About once a week Photo courtsey of http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice/photo.shtml
  11. 11. What should I do if they find any? <ul><li>DO NOT PANIC </li></ul>Photo courtesy of clipart
  12. 12. <ul><li>Treatment should be started immediately. </li></ul>* Traditional chemical treatments from the chemist * Conditioner and comb treatment Once treatment has started you may return to school Photos courtesy of: http://www.myheadlicetreatment.com/resources/head-lice-picture-gallery/ Courtesy of clip art
  13. 13. Head Lice are strong Photo courtesy of: http://www.nomorebugs.websyte.com.au/site.cfm?/nomorebugs/3/ Head lice cling on to your hair with their strong claws A special comb is needed to help get rid of them Photo courtesy of: www.ovide4headlice.com/HeadLice_FAQs.html
  14. 14. How do I avoid getting head lice? <ul><li>Don’t share hats, brushes or hair clips with your friends or family </li></ul>Get an adult to check your hair regularly
  15. 15. If you have long hair tie it up during the day Photo courtesy of: www.ehow.com/how_5401399_tie-hair-perfect-pon... Don’t get so close to people that your head touches theirs. Photo courtesy of: www.flickr.com/photos/annamariahorner/3429351924/
  16. 16. Scratch as you may. This does not mean you have head lice! But remember to check your head regularly Lets stamp out the creepy crawlies Photo courtesy of: thedivinefeminine.blogspot.com/2008/08/becomi...

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