Head lice can be tricky little buggars to get rid of, can’t they? Well, that is if you’re using lice removal methods that are ineffective. If you use an effective method, it’s really quite simple. Many parents struggle to get rid of their child’s lice, which leaves them with an itchy head for weeks, months or even years. Here are 4 reasons why you might be struggling to get rid of head lice:
- You Haven’t Read The Research About OTC Lice Treatments
Many studies have proven that over-the-counter lice removal treatments don’t work. The sad part is, many moms don’t know this. It is our hope that we can spread this information so as little parents as possible trust drugstore treatments only to waste time and money. The resistance of super lice to popular drugstore lice products is well-researched and well-proven. Super lice are all over the U.S. so head lice are now harder than ever to get rid of. Those little buggars are resistant to many chemicals, especially pyrethroids which are the live ingredient in almost all over-the-counter lice treatments.
- You’re Leaving Some Nits Behind
Nitpicking is subject to human error and it is very difficult to nitpick every single nit because it’s hard to find those tiny, sesame seed-sized eggs. The problem with this is, if even one nit is left behind, it will hatch and multiply. Relying on nitpicking is risky.
- You Didn’t Get Everyone In The Family Checked
Oftentimes, parents don’t realize that if one person in the family gets lice, everyone should be checked as a precautionary measure. It’s very likely for lice to spread among family members, especially among children. The same goes for getting your child checked if you know there is an outbreak at school. It’s easy to just focus on the child who you found lice on, but failing to get the rest of your family checked can land you back to square one. Just remember that lice are spread through head-to-head contact or sharing hair accessories. If your children do either one of those, their lice may spread.
- You Relied On A Home Remedy
If you search on the internet or read mommy blogs, you may read about different home remedies for lice removal treatment such as mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, or kerosene. Home remedies are bad news. They are ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Yes, the products we just listed may be very dangerous, for reasons most parents just don’t think about. For instance, most of these methods require leaving the product on the head overnight in some sort of plastic wrap. Well, most parents don’t think about the very likely chance of the plastic wrap falling off the head and wrapping around your child’s face. That can be extremely dangerous. There have also been reports of food poisoning from the mayonnaise method. Kerosene is flammable and should not be used. There are much better and safer methods of eradicating head lice. Don’t put your child at risk with a home remedy.
Some 6-12 million people are infested with lice per year and parents continue to struggle as they try to find the right treatment. Now you know 4 things that you should not do. Give us a call for a treatment that you definitely should do!