Today’s post is all about head lice and the treatment for head lice. Head lice is always a bit of a sensitive subject but most children will get head lice at least once in their lifetime especially school aged children. We are always receiving letters home from both of my children’s schools about head lice doing it’s rounds & to check our children’s hair. I regularly like to check my children’s hair especially during school time so I can treat it as soon as if i detect any head lice. That normally involves me using a metal toothed head lice comb and conditioner, a tried & tested method from when I was a child many years ago & if we do find any head lice we go on to treating the children’s hair.
I just want to give you some more information about head lice.
WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?
Head lice are small wingless insects that live on the scalp, feeding from the blood. Baby lice are extremely small but mature within 10 days & only after that are they able to reproduce, with numbers growing more slowly than most people think. Females lay several viable eggs a day & adult lice can live for as long as a month.
HOW DO THEY SPREAD?
Lice are only spread head-to-head contact, so sleepovers, after-school activities, playing with friends & visiting family are the most common places for children to pick them up & pass them on.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE GOT THEM (AS THE CHILD & AS THE PARENT LOOKING)?
Although the best known symptom is the itching, only about 30% of people consciously itch when they have lice. The only true way of knowing is by conducting regular checks with a head lice detection comb. Head lice can be uncomfortable, prevent sleep & concentration, & can make someone a target for bullying. It is best for parents to check for head lice using a comb specifically made for the purpose- ideally white, so that lice can be easily seen & with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart. Research has shown that detection combing is nearly 4 times more effective than visual inspection for finding live lice. Adult lice are around 2-4mm long & immature lice are even smaller, living close to the scalp. Nits are dead or empty shells which can be removed with the fingernails or a removal comb. This process can be made easier with Hedrin Stubborn Egg Loosening Lotion.
WHY ARE CHILDREN MORE PRONE TO GETTING LICE? AND GIRLS?
Children are more prone, as they are regularly in close contact with each other. Children aged 4-11 are most at risk but no one is immune. Girls do tend to be more likely to get lice as they tend to play more closely together with greater head-to-head contact than boys. But there are still certainly plenty of boys and men with lice.
ARE THERE ANY PREVENTATIVE MEASURES?
Avoidance tactics will not stop you from catching head lice although minimising head to head contact can help. Hedrin has a clinically proven head lice protection spray called Protect & Go. It helps protect children from the parasites by breaking the life cycle and killing lice before an infestation can be established. The spray is also kind to children’s hair and should be used as part of the regular cleaning regime, much the same as cleaning teeth or using shampoo.
IF YOU’VE GOT THEM, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
If you find live lice, firstly don’t worry. Head lice are a normal part of life & there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Research suggests lice have become resistant to traditional pesticide treatments, so pick a non-pesticide treatment which will work by smothering the lice & either stripping them of their waxing coating, causing them to dehydrate, or disrupting their ability to manage water. These physical modes of action mean there is theoretically no chance for the head lice to build up resistance. Try a treatment containing dimeticone or Octanediol. If you’r unsure about treatment options, speak to your pharmacist.
ARE TREATMENTS STILL AS OVERPOWERING AS I REMEMBER THEM AS A KID, OR ARE THERE GENTLER VERSIONS NOW?
No, the new physically acting treatments are often odourless, non-stinging, easy to use and kind to skin & hair.
WHATS THE KEY INGREDIENT THAT KILLS THEM & IS THERE A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE?
With non-pesticide treatments, the key ingredients in use are dimeticone, Octanediol & Isopropyl myristate. There is very little evidence to show that natural remedies, such as tea tree oil, are effective in eradicating head lice.
DOES THE WHOLE FAMILY NEED TO BE TREATED?
Only if you find live lice on other members of the family. There is no need to treat ‘just in case’.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU LEFT NITS UNTREATED?
Nits are the hatched or dead eggs. They remain on the hair as long as the hair is on the head, becoming more visible as the hair grows, & having them on your hair will make no difference to the hair and to you. However, leaving live head lice untreated, thus leading to a long-term infection, can make the child irritable & could result in a secondary bacterial infection.
IS IT TRUE LICE PREFER CLEAN HAIR?
Having head lice has nothing to do with personal hygiene. Head lice can live on all-types of hair & no preference between clean or dirty hair.
DOES THE ‘NIT NURSE’ STILL EXIST IN SCHOOLS?
No. Employing a nit nurse is not an effective method of controlling head lice. To adhere to best practice, each of the 5.5 million primary school children in the UK would need to be checked by the nit nurse once every week, So the likelihood of each child receiving a thorough check is minimal at best. Even if the nit nurse checked & found lice it would still be up to the parents to choose and use a treatment.
IS IT TRUE THAT THERES A NEW BREED OF SUPERLICE IN BRITAIN WHICH HAVE BUILT UP RESISTANCE TO HEAD LICE TREATMENTS?
Britian is not set to be invaded by & epidemic of lice, super or otherwise. Recent reports of these emanate from the US where traditional pesticides are still widely used. Only a small minority of Britons use traditional insecticide treatments & modern physically-acting products are not effective than others, but because people often use them in a coordinated manner. For example, if your child comes home with head lice & you treat the infestation but some of the children in the class remain untreated, the infestation will continue to spread.
So that’s a lot of useful information all about head lice, there were parts of this which were new to me.
I’m a member of the Bloggers Required website & an opportunity popped up about head lice and collaborating with Hedrin. I applied for this assignment as it suits my blog perfectly. After a couple of weeks I heard back and was told I would be receiving 2 different Hedrin products in exchange for a review on here, my blog. I was sent the Hedrin Treatment Once Spray Gel & Hedrin Protection Protect & Go Spray.
I’m now going to go on & review each product separately.
HEDRIN TREATMENT ONCE SPRAY GEL.
So this product is a treatment. Packaging is simple but effective. There’s a lot of useful information as well as directions of application & ingredients on the box. On the front of the box it says that this product is Mumsnet Rated which is fab as I’m a member of Mumsnet. This product has been clinically tested on real heads. It’s a 15 minute treatment and it states it kills head lice & eggs fast. I’m not new to this product having used it in the past & this is always my go to treatment should I need it. It does kill head lice and eggs fast, all in a quick 15 minute treatment. The size of the bottle is 60mls & it says it treats up to 2 x heads. I normally get usage for my Son & Daughter in 1 bottle which is a plus. Application is very easy and it’s also on the box. You simply shake the bottle before use, Spray straight onto dry hair, work in with a comb or fingers, cover from root to tip, leave on for 15 minutes & finally shampoo out, apply the shampoo first, before wetting hair. This product isn’t a chemical poison but it works by physically smothering the lice. It also contains Penetrol which helps the product to penetrate louse eggs in order to kill them. It’s been shown to work with only one application which I totally agree with. It recommends checking after 1 week following application to make sure that no lice or eggs have managed to escape the coating. We always do this step & this product has worked every single time. It’s easy to apply, skin friendly, no nasty odour which is great being that myself and my Daughter both suffer with Asthma, it contains no pesticides and it’s with Penetrol to boost egg kill. It’s also been allergy certified which again is a plus in my book. I would always repurchase this product and recommend it to you. You can purchase this at Boots for £6.00 at the link below. Price point is really affordable too.
HEDRIN PROTECTION PROTECT & GO SPRAY.
Its always fab to have a product that helps prevent catching head lice. Again the packaging is simple but very effective. Pretty much the same packaging as the previous product. Again there’s a lot of information on the products box. Again this product has been clinically tested on real heads. It states that this product helps stop head lice taking hold. It can be used regularly like a normal spray-in conditioner which is super handy especially on school days. Instructions are on the back of the box & they are clear & easy to follow. You simply shampoo out any head lice treatment, spray on towel-dried hair & comb through, spray on dry hair & comb through, dry off blow dry or leave to dry naturally & use regularly at least twice a week. The box also lists all of the ingredients in the product. It’s a gentle detangling formula which I agree with as my Daughter has got very thick long hair which is prone to getting tangled. It protects & conditions which again I totally agree with. Not only does it help prevent catching head lice it also conditions the hair making it lovely & soft & shiny. It’s skin friendly. It doesn’t have a strong overpowering scent which is super handy again being that me & my Daughter both suffer with Asthma, it’s actually got a fruity orange & mango fragrance. It’s scent is really fruity & summery & you wouldn’t think it was a head lice treatment by the scent. I’d never tried this particular product before but I would definitely go on to purchase it and recommend it to you. I was sent a 120ml bottle but you can purchase a 250ml bottle from Boots for only £8.50 so again super affordable. You can find the product at the link below.
So that concludes this blog post and review. I do hope you have found it helpful and informative. Just remember that there’s nothing wrong if you catch head lice, I’m sure most people have had head lice once before in their life’s.
i just want to say a big thank you to Hedrin & Bloggers Required for sending me these products and letting me take part in this assignment.
Thank you as always for reading.
Until next time,
DISCLAIMER- I was very kindly sent these products free of charge from Hedrin & Bloggers Required in exchange for a review. I’m always honest in my reviews & if I don’t like something I won’t pretend to like it just because I was sent the product for free. This is NOT a sponsored post.
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