Questions about Quit Nits:
I have completed the treatment but I can still see live lice in the hair. What should I do?
Sometimes the treatment has not had sufficient contact time with live lice and they appear to move quite slowly. These lice are dying and should be removed with the fingernails.
I can still see eggs attached to the hair the following day. Has the treatment failed?
Not at all, the remaining ‘eggs’ or nits which are visible are either dead or empty shells. Simply remove with the fingernails.
I used Quit Nits treatment but my child came home from school re-infested two days later. Is Quit Nits safe to use again?
Quit Nits does not contain any toxic pesticides so it is safe to use as frequently as required.
The kit does not contain a bedding spray. Why not?
Head lice can only feed on a human host and must feed hourly to remain hydrated. About an hour after being separated from the host they begin to dehydrate and become ill. After 24 hours, they will die. Simply laundering and drying head scarves, hats or pillows is sufficient to kill lice. Using bedding sprays only increases you child’s exposure to pesticides.
If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding can I use your product?
Unlike pesticide based products, Quit Nits products do not contain any ingredient that is suspected of causing health problems for pregnant or nursing mothers. The products should be safe for use except in circumstances where there is a history of allergy to the active ingredients. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
Why should the cap be removed overnight when using the Advance Treatment product?
Although it is important to keep the Advance Treatment wet, it is essential to remove the shower cap from your young children to avoid risk of suffocation while sleeping.
I have used head lice treatments before and the hair was left dry and brittle. Will this happen with Quit Nits?
Quit Nits products will leave the hair soft and shiny just like a regular conditioner.
Questions about Head Lice:
1. Where do head lice come from?
Head lice are human parasites and do not come from the air or ground. In fact, head lice have probably been here since the beginning of time. Head lice and nits that have dried up have been found on the hair and scalps of Egyptian mummies.
2. How are head lice spread?
Head lice can be acquired when there is direct contact of the head or hair of someone infested with head lice. Lice can also be spread through the sharing of hats, brushes, helmets, hair accessories and other items. There is also the chance of spreading head lice through pillowslips.
3. How widespread are head lice?
The Centers for Disease Control does not track the number of head lice cases, because it’s not considered a disease. This makes it difficult to track head lice cases; however, schools and manufacturers of lice products estimate head lice cases at 12-25 million infestations a year in the United States. Most children infested with head lice are under twelve years of age.
4. Do head lice transmit or carry any disease?
While many have thought head lice to be only a nuisance, recent scientific study shows that head lice are the same species as body louse which has long been associated with diseases such as typhus and relapsing fever. Disease transmission through head louse should not be underestimated.
5. Can our family pet get head lice?
People cannot catch head lice from pets. They are human parasites and require human blood to survive.
6. How can I verify successful treatment of head lice?
You must first define treatment. Someone can be treated for head lice and still be infested. The ultimate determination that someone is no longer infested can only be accomplished with a thorough manual screening to confirm that all lice and nits are dead.
Head lice are tiny, wingless parasitic insects that live on human hair and feed on small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp.
- Nits (the eggs of the head louse) are small yellowish-white, oval shaped eggs that are “glued” at an angle near the base of a hair shaft.
- Nits must be laid by live lice. You cannot “catch nits.”
- It takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch and another 7-10 days for the female to begin laying her own eggs.
- Head lice live for about 30 days on the host and a female louse may lay up to 100 nits.
Having head lice is very common, especially amongst kids ages three to 12 years of age, and although they are an annoyance for parents, they are not dangerous and do not spread diseases. However, head lice are very contagious and can spread easily.