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One of the things that parents will have to tackle during our kids’ younger years is how to get rid of head lice. Ugh. I’d rather walk on fire than deal with a lice infestation! My head itches just thinking about it!
But we have no choice, we need to manage it because we do not want to see our children suffering from the discomfort brought about by lice bites. Repeated scratching can lead to scalp wounds and irritations. Furthermore, lice infestation can also cause problems in sleeping as the itchiness can disturb their slumber.
More than the itchiness, a negative effect of having lice is that children can get teased or even bullied at school about it and we all know how hard that can be on the affected child.
A survey of communities visited by the Lizealiz caravan last year found that 47% of respondents from Visayas and 76% of respondents from Mindanao said that children were bullied and teased for having head lice. Imagine the effect on their self esteem.
The good news is, it can be managed and treated until they are all gone. Early detection is key here, it is important that we do something about it as soon as we find out about the infestation and it should be before everybody in the family catches it! It can get ugly when not detected right away. Why? because they multiply and spread like wildfire! Did you know that a female louse can lay up to eight eggs in one day?
Below are some steps on how to get rid of head lice effectively.
Prevention is better than cure. Remind your kids that they are not supposed to share head-wears and combs at school and if possible, avoid head-to-head contact with other children as this is how lice are spread at school.
If it’s too late and your kid has them already, separate and thoroughly wash their personal items like comb and hair clips. Wash bedding, pillows, towels, and clothes to avoid lice from spreading to other members of the family because if that happens, it’s going to be so much harder to manage!
Use a a good nit comb to remove nits and live lice. Make sure to do this in a well lighted area and place a white cloth or paper towel around your kid’s shoulder. Start at the scalp and pull all the way through the ends. Keep combing until the comb comes out clean and free of nits and lice. It is best if you do this hair section by hair section to make sure you cover every part of the head/hair. You may need to do this every single day until treatment is done and successful.
A lice removal home remedy that you can try is coconut oil. Coat the hair thoroughly, cover with a hair cap and leave it on for thirty minutes then comb hair with a nit comb. Any remedy if not paired with nit combing can be ineffective. It is important that you get rid of as many lice and nits as you can. Nit picking, literally!
Use an effective head lice treatment shampoo like Licealiz (pyrethrin). I have used this on both my kids and swear by it. It is non-toxic and safe to use regularly. They also have the conditioning shampoo variant which is great in keeping the hair healthy and smooth.
Licealiz is also very easy to use. Just use like a regular shampoo and leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse then comb hair using a nit comb. For best results, use twice a week for two weeks.
Prevent lice from coming back by keeping children’s hair tied back (girls) during school days and shampoo hair with Licealiz once week to prevent infestation from recurring. I do this for my daughter even if she doesn’t appear to have nits or lice just to make sure!
Lastly, remind kids to avoid sharing personal hair care items to avoid passing lice from one kid to another.
In the effort to erase the stigma of having lice, the Lamoiyan Corporation, distributor of Licealiz Shampoo, together with the Department of Education and Philippine Dermatological Society, conducted “Oplan Alis Kuto” as part of their Kilusang Kontra Kuto Program last July 29, 2017 in Guadalupe Elementary School to raise awareness by providing shampooing and lectures to children and their parents.
This was followed by a round table discussion at Zubuchon, Escario, Cebu City which was attended by media folks, PR Company ComCo Southeast, and Mommy Bloggers Philippines.
“We want to remove the stigma associated with having kuto by educating communities on lice infestation issues. We want to drive home the message that everyone can be potentially infested by kuto, that it’s not something to be ashamed about, and definitely not something to ridicule others for. We also hope to encourage these communities to unite and take action to solve this public health problem together.” – Bing Cavestany, Lamoiyan Corporation Marketing Director
Now on its second year, the Kilusang Kontra Kuto aims to raise awareness about lice infestation issues and prevention. Last year, the campaign reached 30 communities and over 10,000 children and parents in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
For more information on head lice prevention and treatment, visit Licealiz’s Facebook page.
How about you? Any additional tips on how to get rid of lice? Share them with me in the comments!
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