New Head Lice Data - OldDude Institute for Head Lice Studies

  1. So I get a parent request to check her daughter's hair for head lice; said she doesn't know what to look for but her daughter said her head was itching - and she has big, thick, hair. I was just getting ready to call it as clear and I spied a louse fleeing from the inspection area. I grabbed the trespasser and placed it on a legal pad I had on my desk; to observe for scientific purposes. At first the louse would scurry about but would stop at the edge of the legal pad so I was leaning toward stating louse had depth perception and would avoid vertical surfaces. But eventually the louse did climb over the edge and onto my desk. Which led to my new head lice data. I scooped the louse from my desk back onto the legal pad and noticed it had landed on it's back; it's little legs flailing in the air. This went on for 10 minutes until I flipped the louse over and it returned to scurrying about on the legal pad. I again flipped it back over onto its back and, again, legs flailing but no luck in turning itself over. So the new scientific data is head lice is in the ranks of the turtle. They cannot right themselves if on their back without assistance or if they are on a slick flat surface with nothing to grab onto. Mark your calendar, you heard it first right here on AN...OldDude Institute of Head Lice Studies.
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  3. by   Eleven011
    Armed with this new and groundbreaking data, I may finally be able to change our outdated policies!
  4. by   kidzcare
    Bravo! You, Sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    They still can't jump though!
  6. by   tining
    This could be life saving data

  7. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Evidence based practice, it MUST be accurate!
  8. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Is said louse now in a baggy on your bulletin board?
  9. by   cooties_are_real
    Needed that in depth study info today......
  10. by   Flare
    Love it!! I think the government owes you some funding to further lice research studies.
  11. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    This was just what I needed after my morning of infestations! Thanks for the laugh!
  12. by   NurseBeans
    This is important information. I will use it next time a teacher or parent asks me to inspect the classroom for "lice infestation".
  13. by   Cattz
    Quote from SullyRN
    Is said louse now in a baggy on your bulletin board?
    Thank you Sully! I was dying to ask this!!
  14. by   OldDude
    Quote from Cattz
    Thank you Sully! I was dying to ask this!!
    No, I stuck it on a piece of clear tape so mom would know what to look for. She didn't even want to touch it after it was encased in the tape.