Lousy Myths About Head Lice

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Head lice may not be as common as the common cold (maybe that’s why it’s not called “common lice”… uh oh, here I am, trying to be ruthlessly funny again!), but at some point in their innocent lives, children are bound to catch them. And when they do, it’s definitely one itchy situation. It’s almost a pity to see your little one scratch his head even in his sleep. What are the common misconceptions about head lice?

• Having head lice is an indicator of poor hygiene- As a matter of fact, head lice prefer clean hair over dirty hair, because it’s less greasy and easier to hold on to.

• They fly or jump in the air- Truth is, they don’t. They just have this talent for crawling really fast. You can catch them only when two heads touch each other for some time. You don’t get head lice from the back of a chair. Moreover, it takes constant contact with an infected person to catch it.

• Cutting some of your hair off will get rid of the lice- Live lice and nits stay on the scalp and on the hair close to the scalp, so chopping off hair won’t do the trick.

Prevention is still the best cure here. Make it a habit to constantly check your child’s head for any creepy crawlies.

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  1. naku, that is a major outbreak in schools here… talagang pag may ganyan ang mga bata na aalarm ang mga teachers. hehe…

    nung bata ako, papipiliin ako if matutulog ng hapon (singce super ayaw ko) or tatanggalan ng lice… matutulog nalang ako. wahahaha!!! ang sakit kase lalo na ang bigat ng kamay ng lola ko. LOL

    Thanks for dropping by… Visiting here from TBE April as well. =)

  2. when i was a little girl, my mom used to shampoo my hair with kerosene because i had too many lice! and my brothers would tease that my lice will take over my head! waaaaaahhh! that was so terrible! visiting you here via TBE April!

  3. when i was a little girl, my mom used to shampoo my hair with kerosene because i had too many lice! and my brothers would tease that my lice will take over my head! waaaaaahhh! that was so terrible! visiting you here via TBE April!

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  4. mommy pep, where did you buy your tinkerbell books ? hanap kami last night wala kami makita sa mall.

  5. scary, specially when our kids go to school. we don’t know if their classmates have them tapos mahahawa kids natin. huhu.

    saw your comment for GT. hey, you can still join! linky is up until wednesday next week :)

  6. Simply Dyes says

    ewww. with so many shampoo brands, i do not know anyone with lice, but lots of peeps with druff!

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  7. It’s a big deal here, kids infected are not allowed to go to school and needs a medical certification after being treated…

    Have a lovely weekend btw. :)

  8. mommy jes says

    ay naku mare, alam mo b may stupid myth dn ako hehehehe nung nsa pinas kme wala kong gnwa kundi kutuhan ng kutuhan si ishi ko kasi nahawa sa mga cousins…pati ako naiinis sa kati n yan.. d ako naggamot kasi alam ko suyod lang katapat eheheh tpos bago kme mag fly dito tlgang inubos ko ang kuto nya by all means…puera gas :)) by kuto lang 2 times a day plus suyod habang naliligo….then baho kme umalis feeling ko mawawala n since malamig sa US….akala ko aalis n sila..pag dating ko dito mga nag pa flash na mga commercials/ads sa internet puro head lice removal….nagpanic ako may kuto pala sa US lol akala ko wala!!! :)) pag buklat ko ng ulo ng ishi ko after 1 week nmin dumating…puro american citizen n kuto!!! and they look differently kaya american lice tawag ko! :)) tpos nung nag treatment n kme….gamot sya as in kame lahat para sure!! :)) kalokah! now were KUTO FREE! :))

  9. How To Get Rid Of A Cold Fast says

    I hate lice!!You won’t get away from it even if you’ll use a branded shampoo or you’ll cut your hair. You have to ask your mom to check your head and that is so far the best solution for those who have lice.

  10. is it true that you get head lice when you are too much expose from the sun?

  11. Most parents don’t realize that OTC lice products/shampoos can harm their child, and nowadays, many strains of lice have become immune to them anyways!
    Pesticide based lice shampoos are full of chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer, negatively affect the nervous system, or have other harmful effects.  The scalp is one of the most absorbent parts of the body – especially in children, and products that are applied to the scalp get picked up directly by the bloodstream, without being filtered in any way.  That means that these harmful chemicals are being put directly into your child’s system.
    The safest, most effective way of eliminating lice in your child’s hair is manual lice removal.
    To find out more, check out our site:
    Natural Choice Lice Removal (www.NaturalChoiceLiceRemoval.com)

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