Lice Facts - Treatments
The first step is to determine if your child actually has lice or not. You may have received a note that there are lice in your child’s classroom, or observed your child scratching his or her head. Because lice are very small, move quickly, and avoid light, they may be difficult to find with a visual inspection, but finding a reliable and safe way to detect lice is a must. You certainly would not want to treat for lice if none are present, but you of course do if your child has them.
LiceGuard’s Robi Comb is an electronic Lice Zapping Comb that emits an audible signal to let you know if lice are detected. This unique product is an easier and more reliable method that closely examining the head and scalp with a magnifying glass. Using our Lice Zapping Comb, you’ll know for sure if your child has lice.
Kill or Remove Lice, Eggs and Nits
Children and adults with an active infestation of lice should be treated immediately, and all other household members should be examined closely. The objective is to immediately kill or remove all lice from your child’s hair. Without treatment, lice will continue living on your child’s head indefinitely, so immediate treatment is a must.
The treatment solution should be able to kill lice that have become resistant to popular pesticide treatments, or else infestation will continue. Studies in recent years have asserted that up to 75% of lice strains are resistant to Permethrin and Pyrethroids, the active ingredients in many lice products currently on the market.
A treatment solution should also ideally be safe for your children. Unfortunately, Permethrin and Pyrethroid solutions are anything but safe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 2009 memorandum classified Permethrin as “likely carcinogenic to humans”, and the National Pediculosis Association (NPA), a non-profit group that advocates on head lice issues, has collected over 1000 reports linking the use of pesticide shampoos to seizures, behavioral problems, and leukemia. Between 2005–2010, the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System even documented complaints involving 6 deaths relating to over-the-counter pesticide Permethrin. It is understandable, given this data, that you may not wish to put such toxins on your child’s head.
Lastly, treatment of lice eggs/nits that are glued to the hair is an important step. Eggs hatch up to ten days after being laid, and it is important to get rid of newly hatched lice to prevent an ongoing infestation cycle. Accordingly, any initial lice-killing or removal treatment must be followed up by additional treatments to eliminate newly hatched lice.
LiceGuard’s Complete Lice & Egg Elimination Kit is an effective and safe way to remove lice, eggs and nits from your child’s hair. Our non-toxic and pesticide-free shampoo loosens the grip lice and eggs have on hair, and is proven to remove 3x as many lice eggs and eggs when compared to combing alone. Simply shampoo and then use our included professional steel comb to comb out the lice, eggs and nits from your child’s hair.
LiceGuard’s Robi Comb Lice Zapping Comb is a lice zapping comb that kills lice and eggs without toxic chemicals. Our electronic comb kills lice and their eggs on contact, simply by combing it through dry hair. When the battery-powered comb touches lice, it emits a targeted electronic pulse using micro-charge technology that zaps lice, but not kids. Robi Comb has been recommended in the American Journal of Dermatology and has been trusted and used by over 2 million moms worldwide.
Eliminate lice from your home
In addition, you should thoroughly clean your home and any belongings that are likely to have been exposed to lice. This includes the following:
- Machine wash bed linens, hats, coats, scarves, stuffed animals and other such items in hot water, then dry using high heat drying cycle for 20 minutes or more.
- Items that are not washable should be dry cleaned or placed in a plastic bag and stored for two weeks (any lice will die during that period).
- Soak combs and brushes in very hot water.
- Thoroughly vacuum a child’s room and play areas, including the floor and furniture where the infested person may have been.
- Lice need to feed daily, and can not live away from a human host. Taking the above steps will help end the possibility of re-infestation by lice which may have temporarily located on an household item and are waiting to “hitch a ride” on another head.