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Look for live bugs
Most people spend great amounts of time combing through their child’s dry hair looking for lice when there is a much more effective way to do it. A method called wet combing can be used where you put conditioner or olive oil in and comb through that. Wet combing has been known to produce much better results, and help parents find much more lice in a shorter amount of time. First you start out by finding a good source of light. You can work outside in the sun or under a bright lamp. Then you coat your child’s hair and scalp with conditioner or olive oil, and using a wide-tooth comb separate their hair into very small sections. Follow this up with a nit comb that is thin-toothed and finely spaced, and concentrate on the area closest to the scalp. Each time you comb through move over a section and wipe the comb on a paper towel, and inspect the paper towel for lice and then seal the paper towels in a sealable plastic bag and throw away. Remember to clean the nit combs in very hot and soapy water.Lice Combs on Amazon!
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People that study lice say the safest and best way of getting rid of lice is to physically remove the insects and their eggs by combing with a lubricant such as we described above. They say the chemicals on the market don’t always kill all of the eggs. Some bugs are still left behind. And on top of that the chemicals in them pose some level of risk, like itchy eyes or chemical burns or seizures. The key is to comb out your child’s hair every day until you find no more live lice and then continue this every few days until you stop seeing them. As a matter of fact they have found in studies that all lice were eradicated when “combing out” treatments were extended from 14 days to 24 days.
Some products containing dimeticone or dimethicone or natrum muriaticum also known as table salt have been developed and claim to eliminate all lice and their eggs in minutes. One popular product containing dimeticone is LiceMD which is a liquid gel applied to dry hair and works by smothering live lice. The other ingredient, natrum muriaticum (salt), dries out live lice. It can be bought as a hair mousse sold as Vamousse and as a spray called Licefreee Spray, which is also a very good option.LiceMD Kit with Comb!
Several studies have been made that indicate these are pretty effective at killing lice. They are great because lice won’t develop a resistance to the ingredients because the insects are killed by a physical rather than chemical process. It is still important to use the wet combing method afterwards to check for the removal of all bugs and especially the eggs. Also make sure you use a nit comb. Vamousse and Licefreee provide one in the box.Read Vamousse Reviews on Amazon!
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Coating the hair with things such as olive oil, mayonnaise, and other things have been used to suffocate lice, especially if left on overnight under a shower cap. They do make it easier to comb through hair to remove nits as well, and this is the essential step. Some have tried petroleum jelly which can be very difficult to wash out afterwards.
Don’ t use this
Dangerous products such as chlorine, gasoline, kerosene, or products that are made for use on animals have been harming children each year when the volatile fumes accidentally ignite. Even if they were effective lice killers and in fact they are not they should never be tried. A lot of people ask whether chlorine is a good way to kill lice. I think they have the idea that they can just jump in a swimming pool and poof all of their problems are gone. That would be great. I wish it was that easy. The chlorine in a swimming pool is diluted so much that it will not kill lice. The chlorine would have to be much stronger to do any good. –Does chlorine kill lice? NO do not use chlorine of any strength to attempt to kill lice– Use the wet comb method. It’s pretty darn easy.
A lice infestation is not a life threatening or a health condition like ringworm or scabies. It won’t spread disease but is still something that everyone tries avoid. The best thing to do is to avoid lice all together. As a school teacher I hate when I hear one of my students has lice. Doing what I do I had to do some researching. I found some pretty good options. By the way I have to mention I have never gotten lice from any of my students. I guess the stuff I use works. My first choice for lice prevention is called Zippity Doo’s Leave-in Detangler. Spray it in, and off you go. Another product I swear by for your children’s hair is Zippity Doo’s Children’s Styling Gel. This stuff is a blessing!Zippity Doo's Gel on Amazon!
Where Lice Come From
The place I see lice originate and then spread, is in schools. Any place such as this where kids gather, and play together, will be an excellent place for hair lice to spread. Anyone can get lice. African American, White, Mexican, kids, adults, babies (not the bald ones), horses, dogs, birds, Guinea pigs….oh sorry. I got a little out of control. My point is head lice do not discriminate. Once they get into hair, they lay eggs, which are called nits after the lice move out, and then spread. They almost seem like they can fly or jump because they move around so well, but head lice do not have wings so they cannot fly, and they can’t jump because they do not have knees. Head lice crawl very fast and require head to head contact for transmission. It is possible that because of the way young children play, head lice are seen more widely amongst primary school children than adolescents or adults.
Do Lice Like Clean or Dirty Hair
It doesn’t matter to Lice if your hair is clean or dirty. They are very tough little critters, and there are some very strong chemicals that barely get rid of them. Dirt and a little oil won’t faze them.
Has my House Become Infested with Lice
You would think that if lice like hair then they would love carpet, and maybe clothes, hats, or bed sheets. Head lice can become a home infestation, but they require blood to survive, and they must stay close to a human body so it is not idea for them to venture far. Lice actually have to eat three to four times a day and without your blood, they will die from dehydration in about six hours. An egg has to have your body’s warmth to hatch and this is why they lay their eggs close to the scalp. The further away the eggs from the scalp, the less likely they are to survive.
Does Lice Shield work?
Coming soon. I’m going to try it, and I’ll let you know.
Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice
Another Natural thing to try to is Tea Tree Oil. It has been studied as a possible alternative to insecticides to kill bugs, which are frequently prescribed and used for treating lice.
Does Hair Dye Kill Lice
Some people are willing to try anything, and hair dye and bleach might kill adult and juvenile lice (nymphs) but I do not recommend them. It has been found that the chemicals in hair dye can be very toxic to lice. It will not kill the lice eggs or nits. because it is nearly impossible to penetrate the shells of the eggs. Removal of nits is usually done with a comb.
Vinegar Might Kill Nymphs But Not Lice
Some people claim that they had success using vinegar to kill or remove lice, but it has never been proven by professionals. They do say that it is possible to kill nymphs, which are young lice, because they are weaker than full size lice.
Does the Nix Electronic Lice Comb kill Lice
I always thought of an electric lice comb as one of those products that was just a gimmick, but really didn’t work. Overall the reviews are pretty mixed. I did find out though that it can be a very good tool in your arsenal. If it’s a really bad case then the Nix Electronic Lice Comb is definitely worth a try.
Will Lice Be Gone Kill Lice
Nix and RID are very harsh and not really good for use on kids, so after some research I found this product that is not a registered pesticide like the others but apparently works to damage the lice and its eggs so that they cannot live any longer. Many people swear by LiceBGone.
Petroleum jelly or Vasoline
Vegetable, olive, or mineral oil
Chemical and non-chemical Methods
With chemicals you treat and comb to remove the head lice and eggs; and repeat in seven days
Non-chemical methods use conditioner and comb to remove the head lice and eggs; and repeat every two days until no live lice have been found for 10 days.
Over-the-counter Medications for Lice
Many head lice medications are available “Over-the-counter” without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. Each Over-the-counter product approved by the FDA for the treatment of head lice contains one of the following active ingredients. If crawling lice are still seen, after a full course of treatment contact, your health care provider.
Pyrethrinscombined with piperonyl butoxide; Brand name products: A–200*, Pronto*, R&C*, Rid*, Triple X*.
Pyrethrins are naturally occurring pyrethroid extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethrins are safe and effective when used as directed, but can only kill live lice, and not unhatched eggs (nits). A second treatment is recommended 8 to 9 days after the first treatment to kill any hatched lice before they can produce eggs. Pyrethrins generally should not be used by persons who are allergic to chrysanthemums or ragweed. Pyrethrin is approved for use on children 2 years of age and older just in case your wondering.
Permethrin lotion, 1%;
Brand name product: Nix
Permethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid similar to naturally occurring pyrethrins. Permethrin lotion 1% is approved by the FDA for the treatment of head lice. Permethrin is safe and effective when used as directed. Permethrin kills live lice but not unhatched eggs. Permethrin may continue to kill newly hatched lice for several days after treatment. A second treatment often is necessary on day 9 to kill any newly hatched lice before they can produce new eggs. Permethrin is approved for use on children 2 months of age and older.
Over time, head lice do develop some resistance to the chemicals in these medications. It is important to check if a treatment you used worked, and if it hasn’t, treat again with another product that has a different chemical in it. I’ve been asked if pool chlorine will kill lice, and unfortunately it will not. That would be a fun way to take care of a bunch of kids all at once!
Head lice eggs have a six to seven day Incubation period before they’ll hatch. And no matter how hard you try it will be easy to miss an egg or two. It is a good idea to treat again in seven days to kill and comb out any lice that have since hatched from eggs, which may have been missed.Combs and brushes can be soaked for 1 hour in rubbing alcohol, Lysol, or wash with soap and hot (130°F) water.
Important Note: If the head lice are back in a week’s time it probably not because of re infection. If the eggs were not killed, or were not completely removed during the original treatment there is a good chance that they will hatch and the lifecycle will occur all over again. To break this lifecycle you must re-treat (regardless of treatment method) seven days after the first treatment and continue with weekly checking.
Combing out or through the hair with conditioner every week is the best way to see the signs and detect head lice early and minimize the problem.
Tie back the hair. This can also help prevent the spread.
Instead of placing the blame on other parents for not doing their part, help each other and work together.
If Natural or non-chemical treatments work you may need to go to a doctor and get a prescription strength medication.
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