How to treat Head Lice

As a parent, one of the worst things to get from your child’s school is the dreaded Head Lice letter. Getting rid of an outbreak of Head Lice can be a bit of a battle, and the return to school often means  return to the nit comb. If your child is struggling to get rid of Head Lice, we’ve got some handy tips to help you.

Apply a Head Lice treatment

The fastest way to shift nits is to apply a Head Lice treatment. For best results, do this on clean hair, and condition well. The conditioner can make it hardy for the lice to grip onto the hair. Dry the hair with a blow dryer (this can help dehydrate the eggs) and brush through with a wide toothed comb to detangle.

Choose your weapon. There are lots of treatments on the market, but we like Full Marks Head Lice Solution, which gets to work in just five minutes, or Hedrin Once Liquid Gel, which is a mess-free gel formula. Follow the packet instructions carefully, and make sure to wash the treatment out thoroughly.

Comb

Most treatments come with a nit comb in the box, or you can try the Nitty Gritty Nitfree Comb. You can do this with or without using a medicated treatment, but a combination of the two is most effective.

Section the hair and comb thoroughly from roots to ends, making sure to rinse the comb between strokes. Once a section is clear of lice and eggs, move on to the next, being careful to make sure an uncombed section doesn’t come into contact with a combed one. Repeat the combing over several days to make sure you’ve caught any freshly hatched lice.

This combing can be a slow process, so some parents recommend making it as fun for your child as you can. Sit them down in front of a favourite TV show or film as you work, and maybe make it a treat with a rarely allowed snack.

Prevent them coming back

Don’t share pillow cases at home, to stop the lice passing around the family. If your child likes sleepovers, encourage them not to sleep with their head next to their friends, instead opting for a ‘top and tail’ sleeping position. Try and encourage your child to avoid head to head contact to avoid catching lice.

Plait long hair tightly, as this gives the lice less loose hairs to latch onto. Preventing lice completely is almost impossible, so be sure to regularly check your child so you can catch an outbreak fast.

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