Head lice has been a battle for parents and their children for decades now. Both the parent and child need to suffer by missing school and/or work, all because some bugs are walking around your child’s head. Some parents can also be overly cautious to the point where they assume that a scratch means lice and will quarantine their child and force them to do a treatment that is maybe not necessary.
There are several types treatments that you can do to eliminate lice. The most common are known as home treatment (homeopathic or diy treatments), prescription/over the counter, and professional (lice technicians). Most people try the first two before resulting to the last choice, thinking that it is a simple process they can do on their own. Lice can be very tough to get rid of, especially if you do not know enough about it and the stages of its life.
First and foremost, you should not use any chemicals or medicated lice treatments on an infant under 2 months old. In these cases you will need to remove the nits and lice by hand, which should be easy since the infant has a small head and should not have too much hair at this age. To start the process you will want to use a fine-toothed comb or a lice comb on the child’s wet and conditioned hair. The wet and conditioning aspects are critical because they help stop the lice in their tracks by slowing them down, while making it easier to comb through. This process should be repeated every 3-4 days for a total of 3 weeks.
Many individuals who have lice most certainly do not want to get reinfected. It is especially common to be over the top careful about your home and surroundings after a treatment, however most people do not know that lice cannot live off of their host (the human head) for very long. Typically the average louse can only live for 24-48 hours off of their host before dying. This does not discount the fact that you should still be careful of your surroundings, so doing everything possible to disinfect your home of lice is still critical.