Getting rid of lice is really not that difficult. It’s as simple as using anti-lice medicated shampoo and using a fine tooth comb to sweep away the lice. So, why aren’t parents doing it? Well, it’s probably because of the icky factor. Although lice feed on the human head, they actually don’t carry any disease and thus are highly unlikely to cause any real damage to the one who hosts them. But they are icky and can ruin your reputation for being clean.
Once you get over the icky feeling, however, you need to get to work. Most anti-lice shampoo can be bought over the counter without a prescription, however, you do need to use them twice. To use them, apply them to dry hair and leave them for ten minutes before washing. After washing, comb your child’s hair with a fine-tooth comb to get rid of dead lice and nits. After the first treatment, wait ten days before treating your child’s hair again.
If after the second treatment your child still has lice, go to a doctor to get a prescription for a stronger shampoo. Whatever medicated shampoo is prescribed to you, make sure to follow instructions because some anti-lice products can actually cause brain damage when used improperly. Medicated anti-lice shampoos are basically pesticides that have been diluted to their safest (for humans) yet effective (against lice) form.
The experts over at Beautypixie.com suggest pediculicides and pyrethrins because they are some of the most popular OTC shampoos against head lice, with the most popular brands being Pronto Triple X, Rid, and A-200. Other products that you can use but need a prescription for include Malathion lotion, permithrin lotion, Lindane shampoo, Spinosad or Natroba, and Sklice. Before using any of those products, make sure to consult with your doctor.
Lice cannot fly or jump and the only way that an infestation can move from child to another is through head-to-head contact. If one member of your family has lice, there’s a great chance, other members have them too. That said, check all the members of lice and treat them together.
Also, wash your child’s clothing, bedding and stuffed toys to kill any lice that have fallen there. Although the average lice dies after one day without food (i.e., human head), it’s better to be safe than sorry.
In between shampoo treatments, use combing to sweep away any lice that may have hatched since your first shampoo. To do this, wash your child’s hair with ordinary shampoo and conditioner. Take a full lock of hair and use the fine comb to sweep that lock of hair from the root to the tips. Comb every day for two weeks or until you can’t find any more lice.
Check your child’s hair every month after treatment to make sure no lice remains. One of the early signs of lice infestation is excessive itching on the head and that feeling that something is running on the head. If your child is experiencing those symptoms, check him or her, as well as the other members of your family, for lice.