Now that the kids are back at school they’re spending time up close and personal with other children in their classroom. It’s the time of year when they’re bringing back all sorts of things. Homework, friends, party invitations, colds, sniffles and even head lice. These insects make tiny, painless bites in the scalp and feed off human blood. They excrete enzymes which prevent blood clotting and which can cause severe itching in their human host. Lice can only live for one to two days without a human host to feed upon.
Here are seven factoids on head lice…
Who is at Risk for Contracting Lice?
Head lice occur worldwide. Anyone can get them. Young, old, male, female, and from any ethnic race. However, children ages 3-11 years old are especially prone. Contrary to popular misconception, head lice are not attracted to dirty or unwashed hair.
There is no correlation between personal hygiene and an increased risk of head lice. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), upwards of 12 million children in the US alone are infested with head lice each year.