Head lice are common in kids. They are rare in adults. Whether lice love kids more than adults, is not really important right now, what’s more important to know is that why in the world do kids get lice and what sort of head lice treatment is effective for them?
First thing first, if your kid has short hair, then it will be easier to get rid of lice. Head lice treatment becomes a little difficult in long hair.
Secondly, you must educate your kid that how lice can be prevented. After the treatment is done successfully, your child may get infested again. So, you must tell your kid what to do and what not to do (Don’t worry, I will share some techniques with you below).
There are some schools that don’t allow kids, in school, with nits. Thus, your kid may end up wasting some days because of some nits. This is why it’s best to go for head lice treatment for kids immediately.
Head Lice Prevention Techniques for Kids:
Now I am going to share some important points / techniques with you and you must share them with your kid. They prevent kids from getting attacked by lice.
Tell your kid not to share the following with friends:
- Head gears
- Any clothing
- Pillows and bed sheets
Also, educate your child not to touch their head with other kids’ head.
This is how head lice move from one host to another and these restrictions will help your kid walk around with a lice-free head.
If your kid doesn’t have any lice, then you must share these tips with your kid. If your kid has already been infested, then you must first start head lice treatment and then share these tips to prevent re-infestation.
Head Lice Treatment for kids:
Now let’s discuss how you can clean the head of your kid with proper head lice treatment.
There are several ways through which you can get rid of lice. Some of the most common head lice treatments are:
- Wet Combing
- Anti-Lice Shampoo
- Home Remedies
Let’s talk about these lice treatments now:
This is probably the easiest way of getting rid of lice. In one go, you will kill them all. However, your kid might not be comfortable with this particular head lice treatment. But, don’t worry, there are other methods too.
Web combing is another way of getting rid of lice. Apply some oil, like olive oil or it’s best to ask your pharmacist, and then start combing with a lice-comb. This practice takes some time though. You will have to do it every day for around half an hour for the next two weeks.
There are several OTC over the counter shampoos available. What you need to do is wash and dry your kid’s hair first. Then apply the shampoo until the scalp and hair is completely wet. Leave it on for around 10 minutes and then wash it. You will have to do it again after 7 days because these shampoos don’t necessarily kill the nits. Nits hatch after 7 days. So, to kill the nymphs you must repeat the cycle after 7 days. It’s best to discuss with a pharmacist first to avoid any side effects. Do not use them on kids under 4.
Home remedies are used to suffocate head lice… and they are cheaper too. Some of the common home remedies for head lice treatment are:
- Olive Oil
You have to apply either one and keep it on for 8 hours. Keep your head covered too. This will suffocate and kill head lice. However, you must manually remove the nits via nit-comb. It’s best to ask a pharmacist before using anything, because they may have a side effect too. Do not use them on kids under 4.
So…These are some of the commonly used head lice treatments for kids. Do not use any insecticides or even non-insecticide products on kids for lice treatment before first consulting with your pharmacist.
I hope this article served you. And if you have applied this or any other technique to get rid of head lice, do share your story below.