LOOKING for an effective head lice treatment can be a little confusing and frustrating. For some,
successful head lice treatment for nits and lice relies on a three-step process: Treat, Comb and Defend – three steps to win the fight!
Step One: Treat
A head lice treatment is designed to either suffocate the lice or interfer with the lice’ central nervous system, causing paralysis and eventually death. The treatment should cover the entire scalp (as the adolesent nymphs live directly on the scalp) and all of hair and be left for 30 minutes. Massage the treatment into the scalp and hair for five minutes to ensure the treatment cream or foam penetrates the head lice and then you’ll need to comb.
Step Two: Comb
Combing is probably the most important step in the fight against nits as there is no other way to remove the head lice and eggs from the scalp. Some products may suggest removing these with your fingers, however, it is best to use a specialised comb to ensure complete removal. Eggs that are left in the hair will hatch in 10 days and breed a new generation of head lice.
Tip: Use a conditioner or detangler to help unlock knots and make the combing process easier.
Step Three: Defend
Don’t wait for an infestation or even an outbreak in your school, look to protect your children from head lice. Be vigilant and check for head lice in your kids’ hair regularly.
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