Head lice and nits are very common problem, especially in school children. They get this problem once or twice and some never seem to be free of them. Head lice and nits spread by close contact, usually as children sit with their heads close together.
Head lice are brown insect about 1.5mm to 2.5mm long and they live for several weeks, and the female can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. The eggs, or nits, are paler and smaller than the lice, and are attached to the hair near the scalp.The eggs are most commonly found behind the ears or round the back of neck. The eggs take a week or two to hatch, and once hatched the empty shells are white. Empty shells can easily be combed out of the hair, but unhatched ones are harder to shift.
Lice do not jump; they creep from one head to the next, need to be near the skin to survive. It is very unlikely that could catch head lice from, say, sitting where an infested person has just been sitting; if the lice have left their host, they are on their last legs and unlikely to have the strength to climb on to a new host.
Short clean hair is just as likely to be infested as long, dirty hair. In severe cases the infestation can be bad enough to cause ‘flu like symptoms.
If you find you are infested, you should inform anyone you think you could have passed them on to or picked them up from. Because with head lice, the whole family could be infested.
Here we suggest you some natural ways to get rid of head lice and nits naturally.