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lice and nits
What are lice ?
Lice are tiny wingless insects. There are many types of lice, but the
head louse is the most common one. It lives in hair, especially at the
neck and behind the ears. It is so small that it is hard to see. Female
lice lay up to 10 eggs a day, for about 20 to 30 days. These eggs are
called nits. They are white-grey in colour and averagely 0.8 mm long
and 0.3 mm wide. They are attached to the hair close to the scalp with
a kind of glue. The small lice mature after 8 to 10 days and then come
out of their eggs. Fifteen days later they are adults and ready to start
a family of their own. One couple of lice can produce about 125,000
offspring in about 3 months time.
How do you
control lice ?
Head lice are not very choosy: they do not have a preference for clean
or dirty, long or short, curly or straight hair. Lice used to be blamed
on bad hygiene, but today even the most well-off families are prone to
it. Lice do not jump, but because of their agility they can easily move
from one head to another, several times a day. They have three pairs
of legs, with pincher claws, which allows them to cling to the hair and
move very fast. A lice infection happens:
- either by direct contact (from hair to hair), even if it is a very short
- or by indirect contact, by contact with an infected item with the hair
These items may include hats, scarfs, brushes, coats, pillows, sheets,...
It is important that classmates and families of a child with lice, as
well as clothes and other items, are treated simultaneously to avoid
larva stage 3
takes 2 to 4 days
larva stage 2
takes 2 to 4 days
The entire cycle
lasts 2 to 7 weeks.
A louse lives max.
An adult female
lays up to 10 eggs a day
for 20 to 30 days.
larva stage 1
takes 2 to 4 days
The eggs, nits,
attach to the hair with a kind
of glue. They are white-grey in
colour and +/- 0.8 mm long.
After 8 to 10 days the egg
becomes a larva.
does it itch ?
Lice need a daily portion of blood to survive and feed themselves.
It sucks it up with its tiny sucking mouth. When feeding
they prick through the host’s skin and simultaneously inject
saliva, which contains an anticoagulant.
The itching is causes by small vesicles. They are formed when certain
proteins, contained in the louse’s saliva, are injected when
it penetrates the skin.
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What can you do against lice ?
A radical treatment at the time of
Shampoux ® Vapo can also be used to
If a lice infestation breaks out at school, check your
treat clothes or items, such as e.g. toys,
child’s hair very carefully every day. This is how you
If you see that your child is infected, use the lice-killing
cuddly toys, sheets, the car seat, which
recognise lice and nits:
products Shampoux ® Shampoo, Vapo and Wash. For
came into contact with the hair.
the easy removal of nits, use Shampoux ® Balm Activ’.
- Nits are white-grey in colour, and stick to the hair
How to use these products:
base. They are difficult to remove.
- Empty shellls are whiter and dried out. They are usually
further removed from the scalp and are no longer
a hazard for infection.
- Lice are not easy to spot, but they do fall out of the
hair when combing it.
Apply Shampoux ® Shampoo to dry hair.
After 30 minutes of exposure,
add water and wash the hair
To remove nits easier you can
use Shampoux ® Balm Activ’ after
a treatment with Shampoux ®
Shampoo or Shampoux ® Vapo.
Apply to washed and rinsed hair, let the
shampoo work for 5 minutes and rinse
with abundant water. Then comb the
Prevention is the best cure.
Then comb the still-wet hair
carefully with a fine comb to
remove the dead lice and nits.
hair meticulously to remove dead lice
and nits. Then comb the hair every day
for 8 days with Shampoux ®
If you want to avoid your child becom-
Just to be sure other members
ing infected, you should take quick
of the family should also wash their hair
and preventive action if there is a lice
with this shampoo.
infestation at school. Therefore, apply
Shampoux ® Repel to the entire head
of hair every morning. This product
keeps lice away.
Also make sure that
the children do not
exchange items which
may be infected, such as
hats, scarfs, combs and brushes.
Instead of shampoo you can
also use Shampoux ® Vapo.
Apply the spray to dry hair, as
close as possible to the scalp.
After 30 minutes of exposure, wash the
hair with a normal shampoo.
Then comb thoroughly with a
fine comb to remove dead nits
Use Shampoux ® Wash as a prewash
agent or before the hand
wash to clean infected clothes
and bed linen.
Finally, apply Shampoux ®
Repel to the full head of hair to
avoid a reinfection.