Most kids in their younger years will get nits at some point - probably due to younger children liking more contact with each other, and putting their heads together to whisper secrets constantly .
When I was young, we'd have a nit-nurse at school, who every couple of months would check all the kids hair, and send home with a bottle of shampoo any kids who showed signs of having nits . Sadly, most schools no longer do this, leaving it up to the parents to check their child for lice . While I do this regularly, sadly to say some other parents don't , and my daughter has picked them up a fair few times.
Luckily, with being on a low income, I can get nit solution for free through the pharmacy first scheme, so I took a nit between two pieces of sellotape , and my booklet, up to the chemists, and after a few questions, left with a couple of bottles of Prioderm Lotion.
Prioderm works by using the active ingredient malathion to kill the lice and their eggs. It is available in small bottles suitable for treating one head of shoulder length hair at £3.89 and a larger family sized bottle suitable for four heads is £9.99, or for free if your local area operates the pharmacy first scheme . Please not that thicker or longer hair will obviously require more solution .
You apply to lotion to dry hair, and the packaging recommends you leave it for at least 2 hours, but preferably for 8-10 hours . I decided to apply this on a friday night, and leave it in my daughters hair overnight as she slept .
Now, the lotion is very thin, water like in texture, but I do have issues with the bottle design - there is only a very small hole to get the lotion out of, meaning you have to shake the bottle to get a few drops out, making it hard to target accurately or ensure even coverage . I would like to see this in a plastic bottle with the same size opening, but squeezy so I could pour it into the palm of my hand and then apply .
The lotion really smells - strong alcohol is in this, which makes it unsuitable for asthmatics due to the fumes. I had to open the windows after applying, and regretted not using rubber gloves when applying as the smell lingered even after washing my hands a few times . The high alcohol content also makes this flammable, so you need to be careful with use and storage - I store mine in a dark cupboard .
When my daughter woke up, I washed her hair then combed through the hair (the lotion does not include a nitcomb, unlike many others, so you'll need to get hold of one). The nits that I got out were all dead, so it had obviously worked . My daughters hair still smelled strongly of the lotion, so I had to wash it a couple more times with a scented fruit shampoo to get rid of the smell . I also had to wash all her bedding, as the smell had been absorbed into it while she slept.
This lotion worked well and rid my daughter of lice - however, due to close contact at school, she has picked them up again since, but this lotion works well on getting rid of them .
Although it works, I really dislike the smell of it, so I will be knocking off one star for that . However, I would still recommend it - just use it in a well ventilated room (I do it outside if it's sunny) and wear rubber gloves when applying . Also note that this lotion does not include a nit comb, so you'll need to buy one - I recommend the 'Nitty Gritty Nit Comb' which costs 9.99 but comes with a lifetime gaurantee .
I thought my days of dealing with the dreaded head lice were over when my daughter moved up to high school but after spending some time with some younger friends she started scratching again. My heart sunk as I checked her hair with the nit comb and found that the beasties had set up home in her hair again.
I know that wet combing is generally the best method of dealing with nits but to be honest I didn't want the hassle of spending hours dragging a comb through her head while she moaned at me so I made a trip to the chemist. The pharmacist asked me what I had tried before (lyclear, a waste of time which he agreed) and he suggested I try prioderm lotion instead.
Prioderm works by using the active ingredient malathion to kill the lice and their eggs. It is available in small bottles suitable for treating one head at £3.89 and a more economical family sized bottle suitable for four heads is £9.99.
You apply the lotion to the hair and leave it on for 8 to 10 hours for the maximum effect.
The liquid is hard to apply as there is only a tiny hole in the top of the bottle and you need to shake the bottle to get it out meaning that it is hard to get a high degree of accuracy when applying. The liquid really stinks, a mix of alcohol and a herbal shampoo and because of the alcohol is really cold on the skin. The smell lingered in the room for a long time afterwards and I had to open the windows to get rid of it totally. The hair needs to be left to dry naturally which took an hour or so for long hair so you need to take the drying time into account if you are applying it before bed and you don't want your child going to bed with wet hair.
The small bottle was just enough to cover my daughters below shoulder length curls so kids with very long hair will need the bigger bottle. I was worried that the alcohol would be damaging to her hair but it was in perfect condition afterwards.
The lotion worked well, in the morning she had to shampoo as usual without using conditoner and use the nit comb again. The couple of lice combed out were dead and a few eggs came out too. The smell of the lotion lingered in her hair until she had washed it for the second time. I continued to use the nit comb over the next week on a daily basis and no more lice appeared meaning the Prioderm had killed them all.
Prioderm is not suitable for athsmatics to use as it can cause them to wheeze and it can also irritate the skin. The high alcohol content means it is also flammable so care needs to be taken when storing and applying it.
Head lice are horrible, unfortunately they are so common these days that most children will catch them at least once. I'm glad this liquid worked but I'll still be using the nit comb once a week just to check the beasties are gone for good this time.
When my daughter brought some uninvited guests home from school with her last year I was horrified. Although I knew there was a headlice epidemic I still couldn’t believe it had happened to my little girl. Our first port of call was the local chemist, who sold us some “Lyclear” shampoo. We had to shampoo it into her hair (didn’t smell unpleasant), leave it for 20 minutes, then wash it out. This product was supposed to kill the lice and their eggs in one foul swoop so I assumed it had done the trick. You can imagine my horror when a week later I realised she still had the little blighters! I spoke to my sister in law (a teacher), who said that because lice were getting immune to all the lotions on the market, the only sure way to get rid of them was by wet-combing. So, armed with tea-tree oil conditioner and nit comb I went through her hair on a daily basis for several weeks. Every time we thought we were rid of them however, new ones must have hatched out in their place. My main problem wasn’t actually getting rid of the lice, but the eggs. In the end we went back to the chemist, who, after realising he couldn’t flog us any more Lyclear (believe me he tried), suggested we try Prioderm (active ingredient Malathion). He said that if that didn’t work, we would have to see the GP. The Prioderm lotion did the job. One bottle holds enough for four applications (luckily she was the only one infected so we still have half a bottle left) and it cost £6.28. It has to be applied to dry hair and after 2 hours all live lice are killed. However, to ensure all eggs are killed, the lotion should be left on for a further 8-10 hours. (I put a swim hat on my daughter’s head and left it overnight). A warning here – this stuff absolutely stinks. My daughter sobbed her heart out while I applied it – I was having trouble breathing myself and my eyes were streaming. Ensure
all windows are open as adequate ventilation is a must. As my husband is asthmatic (the product can cause wheezing) and we had a newborn baby unfortunately my daughter had to stay in her bedroom while the lotion was on. The following morning we washed it out, nitcombed it through and we haven’t seen another one since. As suggested by the pharmacist, we repeated the procedure a week later just to make sure we were clear. So in conclusion, this product is ideal if you’re at your wit’s end and you’ve tried everything else bar shaving the kid’s hair off!
Work into the hair spreading the lotion evenly from the roots to the tips. Allow the hair to dry naturally. All live lice will be killed after a minimum treatment peRiod of 2 hours. However, to ensure all lice eggs are eradicated, the lotion should be lef