It's that time of year when the heat means you sometimes feel like you're on a losing battle with the head lice so if you are struggling here's some tips courtesy of Kidspot on how to tackle those pesky pests before the kids head back to school ...
No head lice product or insecticide currently kills all eggs, but is likely to kill the live lice. The problem is that eggs hatch at various stages of the life cycle and reinfestation occurs if re-treatment is not performed.
A complete getting rid of headlice regime consists of two treatments , a week or so apart. The first treatment kills the climbers, and the second kills the juvenile lice hatched from the eggs over the intervening week.
In all headlice cases a second treatment is needed as no head lice treatment kills 100% of the eggs. So if the first treatment killed all climbers, at the second treatment one would expect only juveniles, hatched from eggs during the seven day period, and no adults.
You must retreat on day 7 with the same product that worked on the first treatment. Westmead Hospital head lice expert Dr Cameron Webb says lice have claws on their legs, which make them perfect for holding on to human hair – fortunately the critters cannot live for more than one day off a human head. That means that a head lice infestation does NOT require washing and cleaning around the house. No amount of laundry or housecleaning will prevent another head lice infestation if you ignore treating the hair and scalp where the lice were originally found.
Also, head lice cannot be caught from dogs or cats, as they can only survive on a diet of human blood.
New Zealand has many different head lice products on the market, but only four active lice-killing compounds are used, which include:
If you use one product that doesn't kill lice, look to see what the active compound is and then choose a product from another group.
Cover your child's eyes while the treatment is being applied. Ask them to hold a towel against their eyes.
Don’t use dangerous chemicals such as kerosene on children’s hair – it is not only flammable, but could seriously harm their eyes.
Information courtesy of www.kidspot.co.nz
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