Product Type: Hedrin in Health Therapies / Treatments
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Hedrin Headlice Solution
Member Name: mrshez
Hedrin Headlice Solution
Date: 12/04/11, updated on 13/04/11 (981 review reads)
Advantages: It Works!
Disadvantages: Time Consuming.
Yes, one of the many joys of having children is being confronted with the letter from school announcing that "there are cases of head lice in school, please check your children's hair and take appropriate action"
I have three girls and my eldest daughter is 9 and until recently we had managed to escape the dreaded nit problem until I noticed one of my girls scratching her head in a rather manic fashion and when checking her hair I noticed 3 little head lice. So I dragged them all off to the chemist and asked the pharmacist which was the best treatment and he suggested Hedrin 4% solution after I handed over my £12.00, yes £12.00 pounds we came home and then the fun really started!
Nitti Gritty Facts And Lets Bust Some Nit Myths! -
All nits are not the same, they vary in size from the size of a printed full stop to a sesame seed.
They are not all one colour - Scary but true, they can match their colour to that of the environment which means that they can be hard to spot.
Head lice can not jump, fly or swim! - They can only be acquired by direct head to head contact and that's why they are so common to children as they are often in direct contact with other children. I have to say that I don't rub heads with my work colleague unless it's a night out of course!
Nits are not fussy!, they don't care if your hair is clean or dirty.
The female louse lays between 3 and 5 eggs per day and these hatch after 7 days.
The lice live close to the scalp where they feed on blood and its this process that causes the horrid itching.
The nit is actually the case in which the egg is laid and after the louse has hatched the nit will remain glued to the hair. The nits are actually harmless and can be removed with the fingers or a fine tooth comb.
The product -
The Hendrin product that we bought is a 4% spray. The 4% is the active substance called Dimeticone, its not a chemical poison, it works by a physical process which effectively covers and drowns the louse.
I decided on the spray rather then solution as I thought that it might be easier to use on the girls.
When you open the box the spray is already assembled for use, the bottle is a white opaque bottle and you can see the clear liquid inside, the bottle has a trigger to dispense the liquid and looks a little like the spray you get for household plants. It has a little red tag around the trigger and this pulls away easily and then the spray is ready to use.
How To Use It And Safety Precautions -
When applying the lotion you must keep away from sources of naked flames and burning cigarettes.
First you need to cover the shoulders with a towel, Hold the spray about 10cms away from the hair and spray from the roots to the ends of the hair, It comes out as quite a fine spray but I found that the trigger was quite hard to pull and you only seem to get a little spray out each time and as I was doing 4 heads my arm was aching after a while.
You need to completely cover the hair and scalp and make the hair saturated with the liquid by rubbing in with your fingers or a comb and this is where you notice the really greasy quality of the spray, it really was like spraying cooking oil onto your head.
Once you have saturated the hair the solution needs to be left for 8 hours or overnight, bearing in mind the ages of my kids it was easier to leave it on over night, you also need to allow the hair to dry naturally, you can not use a hairdryer so if you are leaving it on over night I would suggest that you use an old pillow case on the Childs bed to protect it from the oil.
Obviously I had to do my hair as well and one of the main problems that I and the kids had was that it actually makes you head feel really itching and while its not a poison due to the safety warnings I was having to tell the girls not to itch or making sure that they were washing their hands all the time and I was starting to get on my own nerves by the time they went to bed!. As the girls all have long hair I also tied their hair up to make sure that none of the lotion went into their eyes.
Another to be aware of is that with the lotion having an oil like consistency it is extremely slippery so be careful not to get any on the floor and also give the bath or shower a good wash after washing the hair out as the surface of our bath was really slippery.
The Next Morning -
Ewwwwww!!!!! That was the noise the greeted me from all the girls in the morning and the reason for this outburst was not because I didn't have my make up on, it was because the girls are had dead head lice all over their pillows! Once the girls got over the shock they did the natural and counted them, 20,17 and 12 in case you are wondering!
We then went into the bathroom to wash the solution out and as per the instructions we just washed with normal shampoo and my goodness the solution was really hard to get out of the hair, obviously its on oil and therefore clings to the hair, I had to wash the girls hair 3 times with the shampoo to get all the solution out and my husband remarked that it would have been quicker to shave all the hair off and let it grow back......
Once the hair was dry it was clear to see that all the solution had come out of the hair although had I just washed it once I am sure that some of the solution would still be present in the hair.
The solution didn't affect the condition of any of the girls hair or mine although a couple of us did feel that our heads were still really quite itchy, this is apparently quite common and using the solution may also cause a flaky scalp and in some cases an itchy feeling around the eyes. The instructions also recommend that if you notice any other side effects to contact your doctor.
7 Days Later...........
You do need to apply a second treatment 7 days after the first and the reason for this is that the female louse lays her eggs and they take 7 days to hatch. This is why its important to apply another treatment after 7 days to make sure that any lice that have hatched after the first treatment are killed.
I am pleased to say that this treatment worked for all of us and having tried other brands that although they are quicker have been less effective I was really pleased that this worked and we had no more scratching of heads.
The only way to really prevent them is to make sure that you don't touch heads and hair with others and while some adults are better at this than children if you have kids its so easy for us to pass them onto each other.
Keep long hair tied back when kids are going to school and this can help prevent your kids catching and passing the head lice and my kids have now stopped complaining when I make them tie their hair back for school.
Check your kids regularly and inform the school and that way everyone can be treated at the same time and stop it turning into an epidemic of head lice.
Price And Availability -
The hedrin solution can be purchased from chemists and some supermarkets and the 4% lotion 120ml costs approx £12.74.
You can also get other hedrin products such as the 15 minute gel lotion and also the fine tooth combs for removing the lice after treatment.
Summary: One Of The Best Ones That We Have Tried.