How to Remove Head Lice

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Your kid comes home scratching his head. He has a little not for you. Once you open it, the words of the school nurse greet you: “your child has lice”. This is not an uncommon occurrence. Head lice are bound to happen to almost everyone. It may have already happened to you in the past. It will almost certainly happen to your kids in the future. Don’t worry, they’re not that bad and removing them is not that hard either.

Head lice are parasitic insects that thrive on the heat and blood of the human scalp. They are usually no bigger that sesame seed and are tan in color. No other insect will usually reside on human scalp and so any insects found on human scalps are probably lice. Their eggs are called nits. They are also brown or tan and will usually be laid on hair shafts near the scalp but not on the scalp itself. They can be confused with dandruff as they do share some appearances, especially the hatched nits which are white or clear in color. They are however attached to the hair and scalp and will take more than a casual brush to remove unlike dandruff. They are wingless insects and are spread through direct contact or sharing objects they come in direct contact with. They are blood suckers but they do not spread disease and are not permanently damaging to your kids.

Once you are certain that your kid has lice, the first course of treatment will usually involve some kind of anti lice shampoo. Although these are chemical based treatments and can have some negative effects, especially in children who have allergies or sensitivities, they are still highly recommended and available. Shampooing is only half the battle though, as most shampoos will not completely finish off the infestation. The only way to make sure that your child’s scalp is lice free is for you to take a fine toothed comb to his scalp. Literally.

A lice comb is a fine toothed comb used to remove any remaining lice after a shampooing of medicated anti lice shampoo. While the hair is still damp, you can divide it into workable sections that you can then have your lice comb run through. Drag the comb from the base of the hairs to the very tip. Remember to wipe it clean of any removed lice or nit before moving on to the next section of hair to be combed. Should you have difficulty finding a lice comb, tweezers are an effective substitute. This can be very tedious though so be prepared to invest a couple of nights on this.

After they are removed, the lice should be collected and thrown out properly. Lice can survive outside the scalp for some time and should be prevented from doing so. A great way to do this is to stick them on a piece of tape. After you finish, just roll up the tape and place it in a Ziploc or any other sealable container and throw it out.

Lice can also infest carpets or upholstered furniture. Washing machines and dryers will usually take them out. Just place them in the appropriate machine and set them to hot. Vacuuming can also do the trick though more thoroughness may be required than normal.Sarah Stonebright shared this article.

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