This is not one of the most fun topics to write about, but how to get rid of headlice is a very important topic (or head louse as they are also known)
I don't know about the other countries, but here is south-africa headlice are quite a frequent thing found in public schools.
You might ask why I am concerned with headlice, seeing that my children are not in a public school anymore, but I know someone whose children are still in public schools and they got headlice from there.
Once, a long time ago, I also had to conquer this enemy, because my children also got it from someone else. It seems that here it is such a regular thing that if your children did not have it yet, you should consider yourself lucky.
The first thing I can tell you about how to get rid of headlice is that it is up to you whether it is easy or not. Without trying to be too blunt, I can certainly tell you that if you are lazy, they are going to stick around for a while.
When my children got them, I was already paranoid about headlice, because the schools kept sending out letters that there are headlice in the school again. Because of my hatred for these little creatures, I was always on the lookout for them. If my children just scratched their heads because of dry skin, I would immediately start searching to see if I can see anything. This is the thing that also saved them from having a head full when they did get headlice.
Because of my paranoia when they did get headlice, I was again searching their heads to see if I can see anything and I did see the nuts (the eggs they lie). Luckily this was quickly after they got it, so it was easy to get rid of, according to me easier that when they have a whole head full.
Why I say that if you are lazy, you won't conquer them is because you have to sit with the child at least every second day and comb their hair through to make sure that there is nothing left. Even just one that you missed can start a whole epidemic and again you have to start from the beginning. Then you also have to wash everything with hot, not warm, very hot water. Cushions, bedding, brushes and if you have a girl, all hair accessories. If you don't want to wash them - through them away.
So what are the steps then to take if you suspect that your child has headlice:
- Here in South-Africa we have a thing called "contolice", up till now it was the best thing I found to get rid of them. It smells like liquorish, but you must put it on, wait for about 10 minutes and then take the fine comb you get with it and start combing the hair, little bit by little bit. Make sure not to miss a spot.
- As you are combing, keep a cup of boiling hot water next to you and rinse the comb in it after every stroke through the hair.
- While combing you must check the head, especially close to the roots for little white nits. They are stuck to the hair, so if you can pull them off with your nail it will be good, because the comb does not always get them all. How will you know if it is really a nit? It looks like a teardrop with a little "tail" that is helping it to stay attached to the hair. When you get a nit, either in the comb or with your nail, you must squash it, otherwise they will just hatch and go for someone's head again. (I have found the best way was to press my two thumb nails together with the nit in between. You will notice that they are very hard, make sure to crush it.) Then what I did was to rub it off on a tissue, together with any headlice I found (which I also crushed). This tissue I burned afterwards, just as an extra precaution, I knew they were dead, but because I despise them so, I wanted to make extra certain that they will never return.
- Wash all bedding in HOT BOILING WATER. This will burn them to death. Otherwise if you can afford to, burn all the bedding and pillows and buy new ones.
- Repeat combing process after two days and if you still find some again after two days until you find nothing any more.
This is why I say that you cannot be lazy when you find headlice in your children's heads, this to me is a very serious matter, because if you leave one of them, before you know, your child's head will be full of them again, and please consider the other people who have to come into contact with your child. Those things can jump and they like to move.
Just to let you know how serious this is, not just the fact that these very little creatures are very gruesome, they are dangerous as well. They suck blood out of the person who they live on. (Obviously it will not be enough to let the person die of lack of blood, but just think for yourself, thousands of these little blood suckers on one persons head, yuck)
So I would like if you share the hatred I have for these little creatures, this WILL HELP YOU IN YOUR QUEST ON HOW TO GET RID OF HEADLICE. (IF YOUR CHILD HAS IT, GOOD LUCK, REMEMBER THE SOONER YOU SORT THEM OUT, THE EASIER IT IS)
If you found this part on how to get rid of headlice useful I would appreciate it if you would share it with the people you know who might need this information.