What are some myths about head lice

Preventing head lice: How to protect yourself

Are means to prevent head lice useful?

In drugstores and pharmacies, some agents are offered that are intended to prevent lice infestation, i.e. have a prophylactic mode of action. However, the success and the tolerability of most of these products have so far not been sufficiently proven in studies. There is a risk that these agents will not effectively keep head lice away or even be harmful to users. Preventive treatment often only means unnecessary costs and additional stress for the kids

But what works to prevent lice? A better solution for lice prophylaxis is to avoid close head-to-head contact. The parasites cannot jump or fly, they migrate from one head of hair to the next. If you keep your hair away from strangers' heads, you hardly run the risk of getting infected with lice. Furthermore, prophylactic treatment is actually unnecessary nowadays, since an actual head lice infestation can be treated quickly and efficiently.

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Prevent lice:
Regular checks are essential

Head lice are common in children - especially the little ones. This is because they put their heads tightly together as they play, which gives the parasites the ideal opportunity to crawl from one head to the other. To prevent head lice, it is important to make the children aware of the problem and to explain to them that they should avoid hair-to-hair contact with other children.

Tying or braiding long hair can also help prevent it. This prevents the loose strands of hair from coming together and makes it difficult for the lice to crawl over.

However, this well-intentioned advice is often quickly forgotten at the latest when playing and romping around. If a head lice infestation is known in the area, you should therefore check the head and the Regularly check the offspring's hair thoroughly for lice and nits.

The easiest way to do this is with the help of a lice comb, which, if used correctly, will immediately reveal an infestation with the parasite. In this way, head lice infestation can be detected at an early stage and therapy can be initiated. The sooner a lice infestation is detected, the less the parasites can multiply and spread to other children before treatment. For this reason, regular monitoring of children in times of head lice epidemics is extremely important.

Diagnosis of head lice infestation - how can a further spread be prevented?

But what to do if, despite all precautionary measures, you discover lice on your child's head? First of all, such a finding is not a cause for concern - head lice are relatively easy to treat. With products like NYDA® express are available to you, for example effective means of combating head lice to disposal. Due to the existing obligation to report head lice, you must also inform the care facility and the social environment of your child about the head lice infestation in order to prevent further spread.1 Affected children are often only allowed to go to school or kindergarten again if their parents confirm that they have treated their children.