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					Head lice, like most insects are oviparous, which means that they lay eggs just like
fish, reptiles and birds do, with little embryonic development within the female louse.
Head lice eggs contain a single embryo, laid close to the human scalp and are firmly
attached to an individual hair shaft.
  A female louse can lay between fifty and one hundred and fifty eggs during her
lifetime, a lifetime which lasts about thirty five days. The eggs (nits) will hatch
producing a nymph after seven to ten days. Over the next twenty odd days the nymph
will moult in three stages and grow into an adult louse. The adult louse begins pairing
with its mate just hours after becoming an adult louse. And with this cycle begins a
new family unit of head lice and nits. The head lice life cycle can continue until the
infestation becomes very heavy, and possible very irritable for the child.
  To resolve a head lice infestation it is important to apply a treatment and comb the
hair thoroughly from root to tip. Treatments available on the market today are
designed to suffocate and effectively kill the head lice. The egg shell isn 鈥檛
penetrated by the head lice treatment which is the reason thorough combing is so
important. Even after the nymph has hatched the shell of the egg remains firmly
attached to the hair shaft. The egg shell will eventually disintegrate but this can take
months, generally it will need to be physically removed.
  Cover the hair and scalp completely with the head lice treatment and massage in for
approximately five minutes. Leave as directed on the label and, if desired for ease of
combing, apply a conditioning or combing solution to help detangle any knots. Using
a fine tooth comb, divide the hair into four centimetre sections and begin combing.
Wipe any head lice and eggs off the comb and on to a tissue. Concentrate on areas of
the scalp behind the ears and towards the back of the neck as the head lice eggs are
generally laid here about one centimetre from the scalps surface. (The eggs are an off
white colour and can sometimes be mistaken for dandruff). This process can take
some time depending on the length and thickness of the hair. It is possible that some
nits may be left behind after the treatment and it is recommended that you repeat the
treatment process about a week after the initial treatment. This will tackle any
undetected hatchlings and put an end to the cycle.
  Head lice cannot jump or fly, they are transmitted by direct human contact. You
should ensure that part of your routine is to check for head lice in your children 鈥檚
hair regularly 鈥?once a week is ideal. Use the same method as the treatment
combing detailed above with a fine tooth comb, apply a conditioning solution to help
detangle knots and make combing a little easier. A conditioning solution can actually
slow the head lice down allowing you to easily see where they are.
  ENDS NitWits Natural is a 100% family owned Australian company that have
developed a range of head lice products, free from potentially harmful pesticides. Our
products are made using natural ingredients to effectively tackle head lice and their
eggs. Always read the label. Use only as directed. For more helpful information,
please visit our NitWits head lice website.

				
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