Finding out there is a case of head lice in your school, family or circle of friends can sometimes lead to panic, fear, embarrassment and dread.
The first thing to remember is that head lice is a common child hood infection and after the common cold your child is more likely to pick up than chicken pox or any other childhood ailment.
Head lice are universal they pay no heed to class, ethnicity, gender or age. Hygiene is not a reason for head lice. The only reason they go on hair is to get to the scalp to feed on your blood. Hairspray
other products will not prevent a louse from going on your hair.
The key to getting rid of a head lice infestation is shutting down the life cycle and open communication.
Understanding the life cycle of the head louse, egg and nit
There are three stages to head lice.
The egg - An adult louse only mates once and can lay up to 100 eggs in its 20 to25 days adult life.
The head louse - When born the baby is called a nymph, it take 10 days to become an adult when it can mate. Only the adult female lice migrate to other hosts. The adult males and all the young head lice will stay where they are feeding on the blood of their host.
A nit - is the shell left behind once the nymph has hatched - this means though the white shells do not look nice if there are a lot - THEY ARE HARMLESS.
The key to breaking the life cycle is when treating with an approved MHRC product such as Nitnot Anti Head Lice Serum, apply in seven day intervals for no less than two weeks. The treatment will kill all the adult lice and in most castes the eggs, but just in case any eggs are missed an additional treatment is necessary 7 to 9 days later, so any pre-adult lice can be killed before they can mate and lay eggs. IT IS IMPORTANT TO TREAT EVEN IF YOU CAN NOT SEE ANY BABY LICE AS THEY ARE SO TINY THEY ARE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE IN HAIR. Thus shutting down and breaking the life cycle. We always recommend to check a further 7 to 9 days after the second application (especially in heavier infestations). Applying any treatment once just means in a few weeks you will almost certainly be dealing with head lice again.
The main rule to killing and shutting down head lice is to break the life cycle. If you are treating hair be sure to read the labels as many over the counter treatments do not contain 100% DIMETHICONE and the solvents and fragrances can cause young scalps to become itchy, sore and lead to dry and flaking skin.
So, you now know there is a chance of head lice and you have been advised to check your family for head lice.......what do you do?
Itching and scratching can be an obvious sign of head lice, however only one in three people are allergic to head lice bites, so this is not to be relied upon. The allergy is from the saliva the insects inject when the consume your blood. Though many people believe they can feel them crawling in the hair the reality is it is the bites that are making their scalp tingle and itch.
You will need a good strong light some clips or bands for long hair and nit comb.
Checking for lice can only be done on wet hair, section the wet hair into manageable sections and do long sweeping strokes from the scalp down and off the hair. Check after every stroke for small insects tan/brown in colour and with six legs and about the size of a sesame seed. Repeat this process until all the hair has been combed.
Looking for nits and eggs can be easier as they do not move and usually in first stages of an infestations eggs can sometime be difficult to see on especially in darker hair as they are camouflaged, they may be easier to see in blond hair and will look brown. Eggs are about 0.8mm long and 0.3mm wide so can fit through an eye of a needle.
When my family first got head lice, apart from being sent into turmoil and rushing out at eleven pm, to the local twenty four hour supermarket. I optimistically purchased the head lice on special offer and with the promising of killing the critters in just a few minutes. Seven months later, I was still nit combing and applying these harsh treatments to my child's dry and itchy scalp. If I knew then what I knew now, I cannot tell you the amount of time and money I would have saved.
At NitNOT we have created two choices for parents.
Number 1. Book an appointment at our clinic where we will treat you family with our safe, efficient, comfortable and effective proven methods. Where you can sit back in a comfy seat and we will teach you as much as you want to know about head lice. Empowering you to go forward and never fear head lice again. We give you a peace of mind 100% guarantee that we will break the life cycle, leaving your family free from head lice.
Treating at home. If you are treating at home for the first time it can be daunting or the mis-information on the internet, all the options of head lice treatment to buy. Should you comb with conditioner or treat with a treatment.
Firstly do not feel pressurised by other parents, go with what is best for you and your family..
Nit combing You will need a good comb and conditioner, my advice here is to use a very light conditioner as when you are wiping the comb on a tissue it can be almost impossible to see baby lice - so you may think it is clear but there are still live lice and eggs in the hair. Because of this it is recommended you comb every two to three days for at least three weeks to ensure you have broken the life cycle. This can take about half an hour for an average short haircut to about two hours for long hair (depending on thickness and length) I have know some mums saying each comb took four hours per session. The benefit is that is the cheapest option
Head Lice Treatment option. There is an array of head lice treatments on the market, many claiming to kill head lice in just a few minutes, which always seem appealing. If you are going to buy an over the counter option read the ingredients carefully and check the warning signs. Through experience and from many parents attending the clinic, I have witnessed the damage many of these ingredients can do to young skin in addition to not actually killing the lice and eggs.
My many expensive and very time consuming failures motivated me to finding a safe and effective solution. We use 100% dimethicone which i hypoallergenic meaning no side effects and non flammable - keeping children safe is my priority. It kills both lice and eggs, it needs to be on the hair two hours and repeated seven days later. If it is a very heavy infestation you may need to apply a third application just to be sure. If there are a lot of nits (white empty shells) in the hair these can look like dandruff you can use a nit comb while the treatment is in the hair. The benefits as it is a clear serum you can see everything you are combing out. There is actually no need to comb these out as the are empty and harmless. It is your choice as the treatment will shutdown and kill the lice and eggs.