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Frustrations on Head lice? Effective ways to treat.

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Caring for children requires broad knowledge. Sometimes even to the extent of ways to remove head lice eggs. Some parents may find it embarrassing but head lice is not a sign of poor parenting. It is rather a common childhood experience. Infestation with lice is contagious as one child contracted it. It is high chance that the rest of the family will catch it to unless the problem is discovered immediately. It is important to know the ways to deal with head lice and prevent it from coming back again in the future.

Head Lice

They are tiny grey brown or black insects that can grow to the size of sesame seeds. These parasites live in human heads and cling to hairs close to the scalp. Their diets are human blood and the bites are very itchy. They can also cause wounds or infection if scratched aggressively. The head lice eggs are very difficult to remove because they tend to glue to each strand of hair. The same applies to those eggs which already hatched.

Eggs mature and hatch after seven to ten days. It will takes another ten days for them to fully develop into adults. Lice do not hop or fly but can move very quickly. They are lightweight and it can be easily transferred from one head to another through shared combs, towels or hair accessories. They could also be transferred through direct contact. This is what made lice multiply fairly easy and also difficult to be removed. Simply follow these steps for a quick solution to the head lice.

Run a thorough examination

Take a close and thorough examination on the hair of everyone in your family. Nits are commonly glued close to the scalp making it hard to be detected. In this case, a magnifying glass may be helpful if your eyesight is not very sharp, especially because some hair colors make it easy for nits to blend in. If permitted, cut the hair short which facilitate easier treatment especially in young children.

Get lice-specific products

Use a product specifically intended to treat head lice so that they will stop breeding or laying eggs. It is crucial to follow the instructions very closely to maximize the effectiveness of the product. Bear in mind that no product is however 100% guarantee to remove all lice at once. Some may also develop resistance against the chemical, thus follow-up steps should be taken carefully. Perform the same procedure for everyone who is infected even on other who do not have nits as a good measure. As scary as it may sound, a single louse on a person’s head can multiply in little over a week or three.

Remove the nits manually

Get the nits out by hand as much as possible by holding the root of the hair close to the scalp so that it will prevent the removal from hurting too much. Using the other hand, grasp the hair tightly just bellow the nit between your thumb and index finger and pull up towards the end. The nits should leave the hair shaft as you pulled it up. In addition, you may also want to make sure not to get the hair pull out from the root especially for young children because it can be very painful. Otherwise, your child may refuse to sit through the whole treatment. If such situation occurs and the nits cannot be removed by a fine-tooth comb, the last resort is to wait for the nits to fall of by itself (requiring a tremendously long time) or to be cut off along with the hair.

Use a fine-tooth comb

Brush over the hair daily with a fine-tooth comb. This is different from an ordinary comb with wide set of teeth that are ineffective in removing lice. A fine-tooth comb has teeth that are set very closely together, and mainly use to remove lice and other debris. Sometimes it will also remove nits. When you see lice, wipe them off with a tissue and continue combing through the hair. It is recommended to do this in the bathroom so you can immediately drop the used tissue into the toilet and flush it all down after you’re done. Otherwise, leaving it out in the open area such as the living room could still give ways to lice to hide in the clothing or the hair. Repeat this daily for at least a month, followed by once a week for prevention.

Involves a daily shampoo and many clean white cotton shirts or towels

Some children may be averse to the fine-toothed comb ritual. As an alternative, try using a daily shampoo and many clean white cotton shirts or towels. Wash the child’s hair with mild shampoo daily. Wile the hair is bubbly, towel briskly to allow some lice to stick to the towel. Replace the towel and repeat the steps. After which, clean all shirts or towels in a high heat washer in preparation for the next wash routine. It is important to practise this everyday and since you are not removing nits this way, the process will take longer. Even if lice is not seen for a couple of days, the same practice should continue to ensure the lice is completely removed.

In contrast to common belief, lice do not actually indicate a poor hygiene habit. Lice can also survive in clean or dirty hair as their purpose is to feed on human blood. Understanding the ways to remove head lice will allow a better chance of stopping an infestation as immediately as it occurs.

 

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