How do you treat for head lice?
Getting rid of head lice is a three-step process.
- You must kill all of the live head lice
- You must check for and remove all nits by combing and manually nit picking
- You must clean your home
Kill Head Lice
The only known way to kill head lice is to follow a simple 3 step program. This is where you need to decide which program you intend to follow. It is either a shampoo recommended by the chemist, or a home remedy like the Head Lice Olive Oil Treatment. This has to be a simple 3 step process which you MUST follow, or you will have head lice in your family for weeks to come.
If you fail to follow a simple process this will take you weeks if not months to clear your child. Make sure you Do NOT send your child to school with head lice, and make sure you DO ring and inform the school that your child has head lice. It may not sound nice, but there is nothing worse than sending him or her back and within a day they have them again.
Obviously someone else at school has them in his class or group of friends and is spreading them out to everyone else.
Combing and Manual Nit Picking
This is a job that must be done once you have shampooed or carried out the Olive Oil treatment. Failure to look and check for nits, and to use a good quality nit comb will ensure you have nits and head lice in your house until this job is completed.
Nits will NOT wash off. They stick to the base of a hair like glue, and will NOT die from the use of the shampoo. You do need to do a proper check of your childs hair to ensure it is clean and nit free. Make sure to also use a moisturising conditioner for your childs hair!
Cleaning Your Home
Yes you do need to clean your home, especially the area where your child has been, lives and sleeps. This means all bedding either washed and dried, or placed in a hot tumble dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes until any head lice have roasted. Head lice do not like heat, so this is a great way of killing them.
Make sure you place any used jackets and other clothing into a timble dryer as well as they can live on this clothing for 24 hours without feeding.
Catching The Head Lice
Knowing that your child has head lice and removing them needs to be done in a set way. Once you have done an inspection of the scalp and confirmed that your child has nits attached to the hair stems you need to begin the head cleaning process.
Finding live lice can be difficult since the climbers move away quickly from disturbances in the hair, and they are very difficult to see.
An easy way to find the climbers is to use either Olive Oil or Conditioner with a good quality nit comb.