When it comes to head lice treatment, who would have thought that it would start off with a louse!
But, rest assured a cure is possible, and available.
One louse is all it takes to begin an infestation on your child’s head that will frustrate you for days and possibly weeks on end. This one louse will engage you in a war you never thought you’d be fighting – the war to rid your child and your home of this pest.
A head louse is a very tiny parasitic insect that lives on the human head, feeding on human blood.
Lice, is the plural of the word louse. Head lice infestation is a common occurrence in younger children, usually elementary school age. Head lice, has a reputation for infesting children who have poor hygiene or who are not properly taken care of.
But this is not actually the case. Lice are human parasites and they are transferred by human to human contact. The only way to contract lice is to come into direct contact with a person who has lice. It is possible, but less common, to contract lice by coming into contact with an object, such as a pillow or a hat, that has been used by a person with lice. But most lice are transferred by person-to-person contact.
This is why lice, is common in younger children, who tend to play in close proximity to each other.
Children also tend to share things, such as hair brushes, hair ties, hats or clothing. Pets cannot carry lice.
Once your child contracts lice, the treatment for head lice is a very tedious and time-consuming process to get rid of them. Lice have small claws that enable them to hold onto the human hair shaft very tightly. They cannot be washed out with regular soap and water. They cannot be encouraged to slide out of the hair using a slipper substance, such as mayonnaise. Over-the- counter shampoos, have limited effectiveness.
These treatment for head lice shampoos contain insecticides that may or may not work to kill all the lice.
Lice may be immune to the poisons or you may not apply the shampoo correctly. Sometimes, the lice are killed, but not the nits. Nits are the eggs laid by the lice. These nits will hatch in seven to 10 days and re-infest the hair. Combing out the hair with a nit comb takes a great deal of patience and good eyes. Often, missing just one louse will keep your child out of school and keep you in a state of desperation!
Ridding the hair of lice is just one aspect of the delousing process. Once your child brings lice into your home, you’ll need to take a look at the head of every family member. You’ll need to continue this for several days in order to ensure that the lice haven’t spread.
Another important thing in the treatment for head lice is that you’ll need to wash the clothing and bed linens of everyone in your home who is infested. These need to be washed in very hot water and put in a hot dryer in order to ensure the lice are killed.
You’ll need to take pillows and stuffed toys that cannot be washed…
place them in sealed bags, and store them away for at least two weeks. Since lice cannot live without human blood, keeping these items out of circulation and tightly bagged will ensure that any stray louse has had a chance to die.
You’ll also want to vacuum everything – rugs, carpets, couches, and chairs.
Frequent vacuuming will help to ensure that any stray louse will be sucked out of your house and won’t land back on someone’s head!
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