Most of us don’t like bugs creepy-crawling on us, let alone taking up residence on our heads! So what do you do when lice moves in to your hairdo? Here are the FACTS OF LICE!
Having head lice has nothing to do with cleanliness, age, or race. It’s a common human condition that mostly affects children, mainly girls with clean, long, thick hair. Anyone can be affected by head lice but for the most part they are seen more often in girls ages 2 to 18. It is my mission to dispel the stigma associated with head lice and to stop the over-use and abuse of pesticides on children and our planet. No other girl should feel the way that I did when I got lice and there are more natural and effective ways of treating it than the ‘pesticide and shame’ combo.
Signs of Head Lice
1. If your head is itchy more than usual, this may be a sign of Lice.
2. Try combing your hair with a quality head lice comb through the hot spots of your head (around the ears, nape of the neck and crown) to see if brownish spots appear when you wipe it on a white paper towel or tissue. If so, those spots may be lice eggs or bugs.
3. Even if you’re not itchy, have someone check your head if you suspect lice or know it’s going around in your class or circle of friends.
Top 4 Ways to Treat Head Lice
Should you find lice, keep in mind that getting rid of it (eradication) is a process of diminishing it bit by bit (reduction). You can choose a number of topical treatments but you must focus most of your efforts on removing and killing the lice eggs! Getting a pesticide-free (non-chemical) product in combination with an effective nit removal tool (lice comb) is the first step. There are new treatments that use heated air, enzymes and manual reduction combing that will make the process of lice removal fast and easy. There are also professional services available to help you.
1. Don’t panic but act quickly! Get your hands on a good lice comb and some natural treatments. You will be at your ‘nits’ end if you don’t have the proper tools and treatments to combat the enemy. Lice Squad Canada can direct you to many options that will help you win the war against head lice.
2. Begin treating and combing! I recommend that you treat every 4th to 5th day with a pesticide-free solution and that you comb every second day for two weeks. If you are thorough on your first comb through you can eliminate most of the infestation. However, you need to do a two week follow up to interrupt the life cycle of the head louse and to prevent being re-infested.
3. Report it! Don’t let the STIGMA (embarrassment) associated with head lice stop you from telling anyone that you have it. If you don’t tell those around you, you stand a good chance of getting it back from its original source. Imagine, someone gives it to you; you give it to someone else, and so on and so on. It’s the stigma associated with head lice that keeps the problem going. The right thing to do is not let it keep you from doing what is right and necessary to stop the spread.
4. Follow up! Even after you do your two week course of treatment it is a good idea to ‘Take a Peek Once a Week’. If you catch lice early you will have more luck getting rid of it before it becomes too overwhelming.
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About Jennifer Hay
Jennifer Hay is a Lice Squad franchise owner for the York Region/Brampton and surrounding areas. Her clinic is located in Vaughan. She has a background in health care and has worked for the VON and The Canadian Red Cross. She brings a wealth of knowledge of in-home health care solutions and assistance with her to Lice Squad Canada. She is passionate about helping families with pesticide free and chemical free solutions to their head lice issues.