Myth 5: Cleaning the House: Why, oh why, are you doing that?
Now that I'm on a roll, I want to knock down another big myth.
Cleaning the house isn't necessary to treat head lice,
In fact;it's a total waste of time, money and effort.
If you have kids with head lice and you're spending hours cleaning the house and laundering the sheets every day, you're running hard in the wrong direction, so please stop now.
These are head lice, not house lice or bed lice or pillow lice. They live on heads. If they fall off, which they don't (thanks to their sturdy claws), they would die pretty quickly.
If they didn't die, your kids would have to do a headstand on just the right bit of furniture for long enough for the tiny, weakened louse to crawl back on.
Theoretically, it could happen, like winning the Lotto or being struck by lightning, but it's not exactly a major risk.
In Australia, a formal study by James Cook University's Head Lice Research Group at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine found that the chance of getting a live louse in a pillow after whole night's sleep was about one in a thousand.
In other words, you could sleep in the same bed for nearly three
years before you got a live louse on the pillow.
Pretty small odds don't you agree?
And then, 12 hours later, if it survived, it would have to have the strength and the luck to climb back on again. While this is just about possible it really doesn't present such a huge risk of re-infestation that you should knock yourself out over it.
Put your effort where it counts.
These scientists also did a study by sweeping the floors of 100 classrooms used by kids they knew to be teeming with head lice.
You know how many lice they found on the floors? None!
While one team examined the floors, another team inspected the kids and removed more than 7,000 actual lice from their heads. Seven thousand-and not one found its way to the floor.
So stop running around like a chicken with your head cut off cleaning up after nonexistent lice. Concentrate your efforts on the kids' heads and you will win.
And please don't spray any of that aerosol stuff in your house. You are spraying a poison in your home to treat a harmless critter that isn't there! How crazy is that?
We have been giving this advice for seven years, and no one has come back to us and said, "You know, I wish I'd done more cleaning!" No, parents tell us that by not wasting time and being tired and stressed out they were able to work much better with their kids and stop their problems sooner.
We've observed something curious over the years that we've been involved in this business: Web sites tend to copy advice from other Web sites and add in any "extra" advice they find so they appear to be more thorough or authoritative.
What they don't do is challenge rubbish and stand up to givers of poor advice. It's almost as if they are trying to outdo each other in the amount of work they shove onto parents.
Our advice: don't believe half of what you read.
This is a simple problem of removing a tiny critter that is just sitting on top of your child's head, no more, no less.
Today's advice should free up a lot of time and energy and get parents concentrating on the kid's heads and not the furniture.
If you want to get started on this simple effective way of removing head lice get over to www.nitmix.co.uk and read more.
Next we'll knock down the cause of more misery than any piece of advice.
The No-Nit policy. HUGE Myth 6