The dreaded curse of school age children has hit the frazzled household! So far we have been pretty lucky with regards to the nits, head lice, whatever you want to call them, are you itching yet? I blooming well am all over!, but lately no matter what I do it is never good enough and they keep coming back dum, dum duummm…….
So I am going to give my tips for keeping these nasty little critters at bay as we all know prevention is better than cure, not 100% foolproof but from one mum to another they really do help! Saying that, it does help if other mums at the school check their children’s hair regularly too before THAT letter comes home from school.
Still scratching away?
These are things that I have used in the past and I have found they helped out a lot.
- Check regularly – use the ‘nit’ comb, a light coloured one so you can see any nasties clearly, dandruff will just fall out but the eggs wont.
- Keep long hair tied up especially during school, plaits, braids, buns anything to make it harder for them to get into the hair.
- Tea Tree works wonders in shampoos and sprays I find the Vosene range for kids with head lice repellent especially good. There is a 3 in 1 shampoo, de-tangling spray and conditioning spray when used together it dramatically reduces the chances of you children getting infested, it is worth noting Olivia has been using a more grown up shampoo of late but mum is putting her foot down and back to the Vosene it is for us now.
- Try not to wash hair too often, we all know lice are attracted to clean hair so it may be worth going that extra day without washing just to help as a preventative measure.
- Look out for itching and not just at the back of the head and behind the ears, Olivia was affected right in the middle of her head.
So onto what to do if you have an infestation, *cue frantic scratching now*
- You can use a basic conditioner, wash the hair and leave it in then comb the little blighters out and shampoo/rinse when done. This can be repeated over a few days to ensure they are all gone.
- Use an electric comb that kills them upon touching it and completely harmless to children. Especially useful for long thick hair but not for fine hair, I found them to be more of a novelty than anything else.
- Use a treatment designed specifically for it. There are many around and personally I use Hedrin. You apply to dry hair, leave it on for at least 8 hours overnight is best then rinse/shampoo out.
- Repeat! This is the most important part if you don’t repeat and you haven’t caught them all then everything you have done will be wasted and you will have to start all over again! This is the stage I am currently at and treatment is being repeated again tonight.
Or you can just use the old fashioned method and chop all the hair off! Completely up to you (eyeing up scissors as we speak…..)
Oh, and you can stop itching now!