Head Lice Treatments
This is a great article about the hazards of over the
counter or prescription medications to kill head lice. Although
you may be tempted to rush out and buy a quick easy albeit not
inexpensive treatment, please be aware of the potential dangers
of such action.
Children are such tiny bodies. They cannot stand much
intake of toxins. And please, do not communicate to your
child that head lice is a dirty disgusting thing. Do not
make them feel that they are less because they picked up a
nasty bug. As you will read in this article, head lice
like clean hair. At the end of the article I put in the link
for natural cures.
Eliminate Lice Safely - How to Choose a
Head Lice Treatment
By Lesley Huntley
When a child is sent home with head lice or arrives with the
dreaded head lice notice, all mothers feel the same panic
rising from their pit of their stomach. Couple this with a
little anxiety and some good old fashioned guilt, a bit of
wondering how on earth this could happen to them and you have a
parent primed to do whatever it takes to get rid of head lice,
no matter what it is.
If you are anything like us, you’ll wonder how they
contracted these parasites in the first place thinking, “But
we’re not dirty, how on earth could we get lice?!”
Well we found out fairly quickly after a call to the
pharmacy where the pharmacist informed us that head lice
actually prefer clean hair, but will live anywhere. Dirty hair
just makes it a little harder to move around that’s all. This
is followed by the mandatory over the counter treatment of the
day which is almost certainly a pesticide based preparation.
Cha ching goes the cash register and out walks another drop to
add to the 100 million dollar bucket, and that’s just in the US
What most parents do not realise (just as we didn’t) is that
these chemical products contain the same pesticides used in rat
poison, lawn treatments, fly spray and other chemical agents
which affect the central nervous system of both the pest, and
unfortunately the host as well.
These chemical agents have the potential to do serious harm,
even if used 100% as directed.
To make matters worse, our children are especially at risk
because they have a higher percentage of scalp surface per kilo
of body weight, so they absorb more of the chemical. Children’s
immune systems are not as developed and don’t deal with toxic
chemicals as well as adults, making them particularly
vulnerable to toxic threats.
Parents need to be aware that just because they are
prescribed or bought over the counter they may not be safe, in
fact they may have the potential to cause serious harm, even if
used as directed.
If you absolutely HAVE to use an over the counter or
prescription pesticide for whatever reason, please use the
following as a guide to choosing the safest possible treatment
for use on your family.
Read the instructions through carefully and adhere to them
strictly. When I was speaking to people to research my book I
spoke to mothers that had left their chemical based head lice
products on their children overnight. I read about one lady who
had left it on overnight then woke in what felt like a brain
fog with extremely sore muscles. She had felt extremely unwell,
like she had been poisoned. Carefully follow the instructions
and do not deviate from them in the slightest.
Avoid Lindane based preparations as though your life depends
on it, as the case may very well be for your child. All
pesticides are poisons, but Lindane has been proven to be
carcinogenic (contain cancer causing agents) and cause brain
tumours as well as a host of other problems, including blood
disorders, damage to the liver, kidney, nervous and immune
systems and DEATH. Although banned in 52 countries, this toxic
chemical is the working ingredient in over 2 million
prescriptions for head lice and scabies in the US.
If the label says to not use the product more
than once a fortnight, then do not use it more than once a
fortnight. This one is very important as using pesticides more
frequently than is required can be fatal.
Do not use conditioner with head lice
treatments as they reduce their effectiveness.
Head lice treatments were never meant to be used as a
preventative measure. Do not simply treat your children for
head lice because they may have been exposed to them. Besides
being an overwhelmingly drastic measure and an unnecessary
exposure to toxic chemicals they simply do not work in this
If a product does not work once, it is not going to work
twice. In fact, the lice that are not killed
by that preparation reproduce into a super breed of lice almost
totally resistant to that chemical. Instead, return the product
to the store and report the chemical to the NPA – a not for
profit organization for the safe treatment of head lice.
You may find this warning on the chemical head lice
treatment: “Do not use if you have any cuts, scratches or
inflammation…” such as that caused by head lice. Some also warn
they should not be used if you have a pre-existing condition
such as epilepsy, asthma, any immune dysfunction or allergies,
also take care the chemical is not used on anyone who is sickly
If your child is under 3, do not use a pesticide based
product on them PERIOD. The surface area of their heads and the
absorption rate is off the charts as well as having almost NO
resistance to the effects. The same goes if you are pregnant or
nursing. The chemical is transferred through the placenta or
breast milk directly to your baby.
Pesticide head lice treatments are for heads only, they are
not for use on eyelashes or eyebrows. Use Vaseline and a cotton
bud to cover these sensitive areas and smother the eggs and
When washing out chemical preparations, do it over the
sink to reduce absorption from the rest of the body. Hang the
head over the sink so the water washes down and hold a flannel
over to protect the eyes.
Keep ALL pesticides out of the reach of children, including
those for headlice. Some can be fatal if ingested.
The ONLY safe way to get rid of headlice permanently is to
use a totally natural alternative to the chemical preparations.
Try to choose a natural remedy containing Neem Oil as this
renders the lice unable to breed, therefore making it
impossible to build up a resistance.
Lesley Huntley is the loving Aunty of 2 beautiful children
and the Author of [http://www.livelicefree.com]'Live Lice Free
- The Head Lice Handbook.' She lives in New Zealand where she
runs her [http://www.livelicefree.com]head lice treatment
website and spoils her niece and nephew rotten. For more
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