Monday, January 9, 2012

Don’t Panic! Use Head Lice Solutions That Work by Diana Lodge

Head lice solutions are no mystery, and there is no reason to panic if your child is scratching his head a lot; just check the scalp near the nape of the neck and behind the ears.

Adult lice are tiny, but they are visible to the naked eye. They are wingless and only about sesame seed size, or smaller. Close examination will reveal that they have tiny claws at the end of their six legs and are gray to light brown in color. The good news is that they can live only on the human scalp. But they are not life threatening, and they don't carry disease.

Their eggs (always on the hair) are not so easy to spot, as they are super tiny and neutral in color … in fact, they might even look like dandruff, but you can't shake them off like dandruff. Lice also are sometimes found in eyebrows and eyelashes … and even in beards, but that's rather rare.

Head lice do not jump or fly, so the only way they can get from person to person is via personal contact (head-to-head) or through the sharing of personal items, such as hats, scarves, combs, brushes, pillows, etc.

Lest frequent spreading can occur via upholstered surfaces like furniture and even theater seats and airline seats, so keep this in mind when using these things and take appropriate precautions.

Getting rid of these little bugs doesn't have to be expensive, but it can be if you opt to go the medical route … with all the concomitant toxins extant in the pesticides and insecticides regularly prescribed for head lice (to most of which lice have developed immunity and rendered ineffective anyway, which is also the case with over-the-counter stuff).

Two of the substances used regularly are Elimite (chrysanthemum oil, also called permethrin) and Ovide (malathion, an insecticide used in gardens!), which is limited to use on older children.

No, the methods that make more sense are all natural, a whole lot less expensive, and a whole lot more effective. In other words, they work!

Using lice or nit or fine-tooth combs is necessary in all cases to ensure that the nits (eggs) are removed, but are not totally reliable when used alone. They are also very tedious to use without assistance from an oily substance of some kind, especially on long hair.

Boys usually don't mind their hair being buzzed off, but girls seem to feel otherwise!

Now, I've just discovered something brand new among head lice cures that contains NO pesticides. In fact, it's made from a safe synthetic oil that is, believe it or not, hypoallergenic, odorless, and it does not irritate. It is dimethicone, which is sold under the brand name of LiceMD, which has been tested by pediatricians and has been proven, clinically, to get rid of lice in only three steps.

Being an oil, it makes combing through hair, even if it is curly, thick and long, a whole lot easier than before. Plus, with no chemical action going on, lice cannot become resistant to it!

Just Google "LiceMD" to find it.