MYTH #1: Brushes spread lice.
According to lice experts at Harvard, combs, brushes, headphones, hats and helmets rarely spread lice. Instead, it’s the tumbling, playing and hugging that are often the channels for spreading lice. Most cases of head lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact.
MYTH # 2: Dirty kids spread lice.
Head lice has no preference for dirty hair or clean hair. In fact, the expert said if you wash your hair three times a day, the lice on your head will just be clean lice.
MYTH #3: Pets spread lice.
That’s not the case at all. Head lice only like human blood, experts said.
MYTH #4: Cleaning your house will get rid of the parasites.
Head lice cannot survive for more than a day without a meal of human blood, so according to the experts, the parasite is not going to let go of your hair. The chances of a louse being on a bed or in a car seat are incredibly small.
MYTH #5: Lice can be suffocated with olive oil or Vaseline.
The experts said lice are extremely hard to suffocate, and there are no studies to date that suggest this technique is any more effective.
MYTH #6: Shaving your child’s head is the best way to get rid of lice.
Doing this will completely get rid of lice eggs, but experts said it’s a needless tactic when there are so many other effective and less drastic ways to solve the problem.