The Facts of Lice - Treatment
Identify signs of head lice.
The first step is to determine if your child actually has head lice or not. Because lice are very small, move quickly, and avoid light, they may be difficult to find with a visual inspection. There are several signs to look for:
- Constant head scratching and/or complaints about itchiness on the head.
- Small dandruff-like particles appearing in the hair, especially along parts in the hair.
- A note from your child’s school about a known head lice outbreak.
LiceGuard's RobiComb is an effective tool in identifying head lice. Simply comb the device through clean dry hair. If lice are present, you will hear the buzzing sound temporarily stop as you are combing. For more detailed instructions on how to use the RobiComb, please visit the link below.Detect Lice
Start a SAFE lice treatment immediately!
Children and adults with an active head lice infestation should be treated immediately, and all other household members should be examined closely. The objective is to immediately kill or remove all lice from the infested person's hair. Without treatment, head lice will continue living on a person's head indefinitely. Immediate treatment is a must!
Traditional lice products are TOXIC and don't even work!
Over the years, head lice have become resistant to popular pesticide treatments. It is critical that your head lice remedy is effective against these new strains of lice--or else infestation will continue. Studies in recent years assert that up to 75% of lice strains are now resistant to Permethrin and Pyrethroids, the active ingredients in many head lice products currently on the market.
Your lice remedy should also be safe for your children. Unfortunately, traditional lice killing products are anything but safe. In a 2009 memorandum, The Environmental Protection Agency classified Permethrin as “likely carcinogenic to humans.” The National Pediculosis Association, a non-profit group that advocates on head lice issues, has collected over 1,000 reports linking the use of pesticide shampoos to seizures, behavioral problems, and leukemia. Between 2005 and 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System even documented complaints involving six deaths related to the over-the-counter pesticide Permethrin. We hope that you do not wish to use such toxins on your child!
Remove every last louse, egg, and nit.
Removal of lice eggs and nits that are glued to the hair is a critical step in defeating lice. Lice 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. Additionally, many schools have "no-nit" policies that prevent kids from returning to school even if they only have remnants of dead or hatched lice eggs (called "nits"). Accordingly, any initial lice-killing or lice-removal treatment must be followed up by additional treatments to eliminate eggs and newly hatched lice.
Fortunately, our Lice & Egg Elimination Kit works wonders on removing stubborn eggs and nits. The kit includes our Shampoo to loosen the bonds and one of our professional Lice Combs to easily remove any leftover lice eggs and nits without damaging hair. As an added bonus, the kit leaves hair smelling great!Learn More
Sanitize 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.
- Head 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.