Once you know for sure that your child has head lice, you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. Head lice removal can be a tough task, but not if you do it properly.
The important point is that getting rid of lice is sometimes … a puzzle. It happens that some treatments lose their effectiveness and then you have to make several attempts to remove them completely. If for example you don’t kill all the lice immediately, they will come back and you’ll have to do it all over again.
Medical treatments are local. Creams, lotions, shampoos allow eradication of the parasite. The comb can really help eliminate some of the nits and adult parasites.
1) Head lice removal can be done in several ways typically after shampooing using medicated lice shampoo. While the hair is still wet, separate the hair into one inch sections and comb from the scalp to the tip of the hair with a fine-toothed lice comb.
You’ll need to wipe the comb clean with every pass then move onto the next section of hair. This can take several hours, but it is important to go through the hair thoroughly. The problem with lice shampoos is that they do not always kill the nits, leaving some that will still hatch.
If you make sure you go through the hair thoroughly this will highly reduce the probability of a future infestation. Once done, soak combs and brushes in hot water with soap for 10 minutes. But do not dry your child’s hair too warmly, don’t use a hair dryer.
2) You can also try removing the head lice with tweezers. This is done in the same way as if you were using the comb by parting the hair into small sections.
3) Long hair are obviously a head lice’s paradise (even if the length of your hair will not determine if you’ll have head lice or not). One of the most effective treatments in this case is to cut the hair if it’s possible. If you don’t want to cut the hair, it will therefore probably be necessary to put more shampoos or lotions, and to comb the hair for several hours. It is also good to rinse with a mixture of water and vinegar.
Then you will have to wash the scalp with mild shampoo so that you don’t further irritate the scalp. It is recommended to repeat the treatment after a week, regularly monitor any new outbreaks of nits.
4) What do you do with the lice and nits as you are removing them? Once the nits are removed from the hair they are no longer sticky so they will not stick to a paper towel or napkin. And hopefully by this time the lice are dead or dying. The best way to dispose of these insects is to stick them onto a piece of wide tape or making tape. Roll up the piece of tape onto itself once it is filled up, place it in an airtight bag and throw it away.
5) Clothing should be washed, not to mention hats, scarves, etc.. . Bedding, pillows, towels should also be treated. If you can not wash them, wrap textiles in plastic bags and place the bags for 24 hours in the freezer, head lice will die.
Removing lice from upholstered furniture or carpets can be done easily in a few ways but is not really necessary as they are not the environment of head lice and those will rapidly die on a carpet or on your furniture.
Remember that after 10 days of treatment against head lice, you must check the whole head to see if all head lice and nits are really gone.