QUESTIONS MOST ASKED BY MOMS
HOW FAST DO LICE REPRODUCE?
Ooh. Very, very, quickly. An adult louse lays between 4 to 10 eggs per day, called nits. These eggs hatch about 7 days later giving birth to a new louse called a nymph. The empty eggshells left behind are called nits. After 10 days, the nymphs reach the adult stage and are ready to breed.



FOR HOW LONG CAN LICE SURVIVE?
Far from their host, lice rarely survive for more than 36 hours. They die of starvation or dehydration. This is why we recommend keeping sheets, toys, clothing etc. that may have come in contact with the lice in an airtight bag for 48 hours before washing to ensure that they are dead and can no longer spread as lice & their eggs can survive in water. However, if washed in very hot water at 60°C or tumble dried for a minimum of 30 minutes at the highest temperature setting, lice & their eggs will die.



WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DANDRUFF AND NITS?
Dandruff is white and falls spontaneously from the head, un-hatched eggs are transparent and nits (the empty eggshells) are whitish. Nits & eggs are strongly attached to the hair by an adhesive that is secreted by the louse while laying the egg. Nits cannot be removed by brushing or washing hair. So if you notice white things hard to remove from hair, you know what you have to do: start the KIT & COCO head lice routine!



CAN LICE JUMP OR FLY?
Absolutely not! Lice are not fleas, devoid of wings; they cannot jump or fly. They are transferred through direct contact.


HOW MANY LICE CAN A PERSON HAVE?
Thousands! Fortunately, the typical number found is much, much, less! Averaging about 10-12 per head.
Our lice expert came across some extreme cases (these numbers are per head!):
650 lice collected on very short hair.
973 lice collected on hair above the shoulders.
2,000 lice collected on hair at shoulder level.
2573 lice collected on long hair.
In these two last cases, the children's hair were matted and extremely tangled.
But don’t worry, those are extremely rare cases!



IS HAVING LICE A SIGN OF POOR HYGIENE?
No, lice feed on blood, not dirt. There are just as many lice found on clean heads as dirty ones! In some cases we see that lice actually prefer cleaner heads! Also, contrary to popular belief, girls in general are not more prone to getting lice than boys! The length of hair is what may make a difference- as lice travel through head to head contact. Large households are more likely to see proliferation.


I DETECTED LICE. SHOULD I CLEAN MY HOME FROM TOP TO BOTTOM?
Well, unfortunately yes...Lice are resistant little critters. They can survive for up to 36 hours on your pillows, bed sheets, and clothing. If you want to prevent a re-infestation, it is highly recommended to collect all the bed linens, clothing of the week, toys (that lie on the bed), isolate them in an airtight bag for 48 hours and then wash them at 60°C (OR you could use this as an opportunity to do some spring cleaning!) and vacuum all flooring, carpets, upholstered furniture and car seats.



WHY DO CHILDREN GET LICE MORE OFTEN THAN ADULTS?
Children are more prone to lice simply because they tend to be more often in close contact with other children, through hugs, playtime & naptime. That said, adults can and do get lice (usually through their little ones). As soon as one of your family members is infected with lice make sure to properly check everyone including you and your partner.


WHY DO LICE PREFER AREAS ON THE NECK AND BEHIND THE EARS?
Lice prefer to lay their eggs in those areas as they are the warmest parts of the head and therefore provide optimal conditions for the development of the eggs. Generally, lice colonize the entire head.



WHEN ARE CHILDREN MORE PRONE TO LICE?
Each time the children return from holidays & during school breaks, as they tend to interact even more with other children during this time.