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My way of eliminating our head lice problem with no chemicals
Headlice Treatment in general
Member Name: rolandrat
Headlice Treatment in general
Date: 23/02/12, updated on 14/03/12 (55 review reads)
Advantages: No chemicals involved
Disadvantages: Takes time and commitment
---What Are Head Lice?---
'Lice are very common in children. Transmission is via head-to-head contact and has nothing to do with hygiene.'
---Why I Got The Problem---
Funnily enough I never got head lice (or nits) when I was in Primary School in the 1960s.
When I had my two sons in the late 80s and 90s we often got these general letters back from teachers to 'check for nits' - but I escaped for quite a few years - possibly because my sons kept their hair quite short.
However when youngest son was about 8 I noticed him scratching his scalp a lot - especially when in bed - so I did a check and was then horrified to find these head lice.
---What Was I To Do?---
I know there are many products that you can buy from the chemist to use for head lice - but I hated the idea of using chemicals - both on myself and on the children.
---Who Had the Nits?---
Well of course by the time I realised the youngest son had them I found I also had some -and I was the one with longer hair!
Plus eldest son, then just a teenager, was horrified to find he had a few, as did their father.
---What I Did---
Well the first thing I did was buy a few of those 'nit combs' with very close together teeth and proceeded to carefully comb through everyone's hair a few times a day - I also made sure to wash all the pillowcases very regularly - often daily.
The best thing I stumbled upon was using Avon Quick Touch Leave In Conditioner.
This I would use liberally over everyone's hair - it made it very silky and slippery and the nits and eggs seemed to come off more easily.
I would apply the conditioner twice a day and comb through everyone's hair very carefully.
I suppose it was a time consuming job - especially for me as I had to do my own long hair as well - but much better than plastering our heads with insecticide.
It was quite satisfying seeing how many came out on the comb each time - as each time there would be less until after a few days there would be none.
i would then do it a few more times just to be on the safe side.
Overall we had about 2 or 3 infestations - but I always managed to clean them up within the week and do not know why people think it such a laborious way of eradicating the head lice.
Advance Techniques Daily Shine Quick Touch Leave In Conditioner - £2.80 but can be bought on offer.
Nit fine toothed combs are available from most chemists and online from around £1.
* Apply Leave In Conditioner
* Comb through with fine toothed comb
* Use twice a day
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely worth trying - it never failed for me.
'A 2005 study found wet combing more effective than insecticides at curing head lice infestations.'
Summary: This chemical free method worked fine for our family.
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