Headlice are pesky little things aren’t they? If you have a child of nursery or school age the chance is that they have probably had headlice. Head lice only attack humans, they thrive on the scalp and are often found behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head. Do you know how they stay alive? they survive by sucking blood from the human scalp. Yuck.
Head lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact, they don’t fly or jump they climb/walk from one shaft of hair to another and they don’t just like one particular type of head, they know no socioeconomic or ethnic boundaries.
Is your head itching yet? I know mine is. The thought of headlice makes me itchy, I hate the things but as a parent it’s my duty to check my children’s hair periodically to ensure that they don’t have them. It may shock you to know that some parents don’t always check their child’s hair. When Lucie was younger there was a child in her class who kept infecting other students, the teachers were aware but were unable to single them out so had to just keep sending letters home in the hope that they might just take notice which they did eventually.
Lucie is a teenager now but that doesn’t mean headlice stops, she volunteers at a brownies class full of little girls who you may have guessed are not immune to the little bloodsuckers and as a result she has suffered with headlice a few times which we only knew about when I spotted them in Arthur’s hair.
What do you do when you spot that your child has headlice? The first thing you need to do is treat the infestation and this usually means treating all family members too. We have been using Vamousse which kills 100% of lice & eggs within 15 minutes meaning you don’t need to re-apply like some other brands on the market. Vamousse technology dissolves the lice’s protective exoskeleton and the lice and eggs die by dehydration. This means that their death is very quick, sounds nasty but when you have a child who is crying because their head is so itchy and they are scared because they think they have “bugs” it’s the best option.
Prior to using this I’d never used a mousse before and I always found treating head lice such a chore, mousse is definitely the easy option, it saturates the hair quickly which is great when you have a child with long hair or a very fidgety child. Before washing my children’s hair I like to go through with the comb and remove any lice and eggs just for my own piece of mind.
So how can you prevent headlice? You can try to explain to older children that they should avoid head to head contact, unfortunately for younger children like Arthur who are too little to understand you have to just keep checking their hair.
Vamousse also offer a protective shampoo which can be used as a daily solution anytime there is a risk of head lice to protect your family, the protective shampoo actually kills lice before they can lay their eggs I tend not to use this daily but if Lucie knows she is going to be in close proximity to her young charges I use the shampoo a few days before hand although for best results you should use the shampoo daily for at least 2 weeks.
- Don’t share pillows, beds or soft toys which the infested person has been in contact with until they have been properly cleaned.
- Wash all clothing, bedding, towels and any other items the infested person has been in contact with before treatment. Set washing machine to hot water cycle (above 50⁰C).
- Vacuum furniture, carpets, rugs, floors, car seats and any other place the infested person has sat.
- Soak the infested person’s brushes and combs in hot soapy water for at least 10 minutes to disinfect them.
You can buy Vamousse treatment and protective shampoo from Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury’s and independent pharmacies.
How do you treat headlice?