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Head Lice Solutions - News

 

 

Manual removal using special lice comb is one of the most effective way of treating head lice. Unfortunately this treatment is subject to human error.

It is a long slow process that can be very daunting with no guarantee of 100% success. 


Head lice can be very tiny and can be barely visible to the naked eye so very easy to miss even after great effort and time.

The problem is that even if you miss one it can grow to  be adult very quickly and can lay more eggs (nits). 

This will cause the head lice cycle to start all over again. Using the Robi Comb 

will increase the chances to catch and zap even the very little ones that are hard to see.

 

 

 

 

Should kids be banned from school during lice infestation?

Head lice is no doubt an annoying problem. However annoying as it is for schools and parents alike, head lice are not a symptom nor a cause of any disease or illness and children with Head Lice should not be excluded from school, according to Australian health and human services policies.

What can schools do to deal with the problem?

Firstly the school should interact with the parents informing them of the problem and work together with them to address it.

Here are some suggested steps that can be taken-

1.       Communicate and notify parents about the situation and encourage them to check the kids and other family members for head lice.

 

2.       Schools should have a head lice guideline to inform all stuff members on how to treat head lice and how to educate kids

to avoid head to head contact.

 

3.       If parents permission for a school check-up day is granted, the school should work with a trained group of parents to help check all kids and recommend that families treat for head lice on the same day.

There is sometimes a stigma associated with head lice, so it is important that the school deals with it in a professional manner focusing on resolving the issue without any judgment or stigma.  

 

 

 

 

A research in UK found that parents are failing to follow-up and continually treating head lice after first infestation and causing head lice to spread around. 

 

No matter how you treat your child following up and repeating the treatment is crucial to prevent a second infestation due to the life cycle of the lice.

Missing an egg or even one louse during treatment can cause the problem to repeat itself.

 

With long and thick hair it is very hard to cover all areas and eliminate all lice during one treatment.  Checking the hair after few days for any remaining lice or newly hatched once is important but it always recommended to follow up and repeat the treatment.

The following are essential and keeping your kids hair free of head lice –

Make sure you know what to look for. Before checking your kid’s hair educate yourself and learn what and where

to look for head lice and eggs. Robi comb can really be useful with this. Treat as soon as you suspect that your kid is infested.

Also treat other family members.

Whatever treatment you chose, make sure you read the instructions carefully and take the time to treat the kid properly.

Many kids don’t like being treated for head lice which can make the process difficult. Make sure you explain the importance of it to keep them calm and patient.

Even when treatment claims to kill all head lice in one go. Repeat it and check three to five days after the initial treatment, and 10 to 12 days later again for  hatched new  lice.

Regular combing through your child's hair with the Robi comb can help detect and eliminate head lice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason head lice are so hard to treat:

Head lice are very common in young school-aged children and in pre-school kinder. They are very adaptable,

living on human hair since the beginning of history for hundreds of thousands of years. 

  

  

Their biological characteristics are the main reason they have survived for such a long time.
That includes -

·    Big claws on each of their six legs, allowing them to grip the hair.

·    They are sensitive to vibration and movement which allow them to hide when you try to

      pick them up.

  ·    Head lice can pretend to be dead for as long as 20 minutes

  ·    Their eggs (nits) are attached to the hair with strong glue. So far there is unknown substance

        that can dissolve the glue and detach the eggs.

   ·    Head lice breed very quickly with relatively short life cycle allowing them to multiply promptly.

  ·    Head lice are easy to move between hosts (heads) spreading very quickly and broadly.

  ·    Head lice are small and very fast bugs. It is hard to spot them especially when they are young and difficult to catch

       them and pick them up.

 

 

 

 

 

Head lice become immune to the usual treatments

Eliminating Head lice has been a challenge for parents for many years and some believe it is getting harder to eliminate these days.

The reason according to a US research is that head lice are becoming resistant to insecticides found in most commonly used anti-lice solutions.

The ongoing use of the same treatments in the last decades has made the lice resistant to some chemicals such as the pyrethrins and pyrethroids.

Although there are many different types of head lice solutions in the market, most use the same few active materials. So if you find it difficult to eliminate head lice over a period of time, the lice resistance to those materials could be the reason.

 

A recommended solution would be to comb the hair daily with the Robi-Comb which zaps the lice on contact and kills it instantly. You could combine that with the use of a natural solution, but it is recommended to avoid any chemicals as they may not be effective and could be harmful for your child. 

 

 

 

Tea Tree oil as a lice treatment

 

The first to discover and use Tea Tree Oil were Australian aborigines, many centuries ago picking leaves from a native tree (Melaleuca alternifolia).

It is well known that Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal and antiseptic materials such as the terpinen-4-ol, which many believe to be effective in treating head lice.

In a laboratory analysis of tea-tree chemistry, substances were discovered that can kill head lice, however there is insufficient scientific evidence to support its effectiveness as a lice treatment.

Treating children with Tea Tree Oil should be done with caution, as their skin may be overly sensitive and susceptible

to developing a rash and/or discomfort from the Tea Tree Oil.

Many people use a combination of Tea tree oil and natural ingredients as a repellent to prevent nits from spreading.  

If you are looking for a way to avoid head lice our proven natural repellent is a great solution.

Our head lice repellent  contains only natural ingredients and a delicate scent that keeps kids lice free and protects them throughout the day in school and kindergartens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many mums are desperately looking for nits solutions willing to try almost anything to kill lice.

 

Whether it is olive oil, bleach or even using hair straightener to try and burn the head lice with the heat.

It is getting harder to eliminate head lice  using  common products available in pharmacies since the lice become resistant to commercially available chemical treatments. In fact, scientists believe that 80 per cent of head lice are immune to over-the-counter lotions.

A direct method to kill lice can be effective, however applying heat with a hair straightener can damage the child's hair leaving it frizzier and curlier but not necessarily lice free.

 

If you are Looking for a non-chemical and safe method try our robicomb. The Robi Comb zap the bugs directly and it is completely safe and easy to use.