Here are some photos of our stained onion skin using Celestron with a magnification of 200x
Well this question may ring a bell because I am sure that many of you have been scared of bugs and insects. Hey, don’t worry, I am one of you
It’s not that I am really scared of them, but I find them creepy and annoying. Funny how a human being as big as me is scared of tiny little bugs, right? So, to conquer entomophobia or the fear of insects and bugs, my students and I will study them under MiScope and we’re going to share our findings with all of you. For the first post under creepy crawlers, here’s what we’ve learned about head lice.
Pediculus humanus capitis is a human medical condition caused by the colonization of the hair and skin parasite also known as head lice. This wingless parasite feeds on extremely small amounts of human blood drawn from the scalp. This condition is a common problem for kids between 3-12 years old. Although lice are not dangerous and they don’t spread disease, they can be very annoying. Many kids suffer from itchiness that could lead to wounds on the scalp.
Teacher Beth, one of our Science teachers went on a medical mission with her group and visited Kampong Speu – a province here in Cambodia. They spent their day teaching the kids proper hygiene by giving them a bath and teaching them how to brush their teeth. The specimen below is from a child living in the province.
Having head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene, it can a problem for kids of all ages and socioeconomic levels. To prevent getting lice, avoid any head-to-head contact at school, gym, or playground, and while playing at home with other children. Do not share combs, hats, helmets, towels, and other personal items to anyone else whether they have lice or not. Avoid using pillows and bedding that have been used by someone infected with lice.
Anti-louse products are commonly available in pharmacy. However, head lice can be persistent and can stay alive after using chemical products. In this case, you may use the two-fold process which can kill both the eggs (nits) and the adult lice.
In the next posts, you will be able to know more about the Kingdom of Wonder – Cambodia, and I hope you will learn new things about the country we are living in, its people, and the culture.
Lastly, here’s a short video of my students saying thank you to the wonderful gifts we received from MicroGlobalScope:
Hi Cambodia International Academy, Phnom Penh! Welcome to MicroGlobalScope. Can you find 5 different plants, flowers, insects, bugs, or materials that are unique or iconic to your area and take a photo of each one with your MiScope? Can’t wait to see what you find!