I don't care what anyone say's we have all been their, sat snuggled up watching TV with our school age little ones when it suddenly occurs to you that they haven't stopped scratching for at least 10 minutes...''stop scratching'' you say, ''my head itches'' they shout...and then it hits, no matter how much you like it, Its nit picking time...
Head lice...we are coming to get ya!
Did you know that head lice are actually a really common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11 years old. More than 1 in 3 children in the UK will get head lice at some point during the school year, so here I am to prepare you!
First of all read the facts...
Head lice pass between people during direct head-to-head contact, lice CAN'T fly, jump or swim.
Head lice only affect humans and cannot be passed on to animals or caught from them.
A female head louse lays eggs by cementing them to hairs, where they are kept warm by the scalp. After 7-10 days the nymph louse hatches out of the egg, they feed by biting the scalp and feeding on blood. Within 9-12 days to become fully grown. Head lice typically live for about 25 to 35 days. A female head louse can lay eggs as early as 7 days after she has hatched and will produce 4 to 6 eggs per day. Easy to see why all of a sudden your child's head is full of nits!
Now...how can we prevent them?
First of all know that it actually is quite difficult to prevent a head lice infestation. Regular combing is the best way to find new head lice quickly.
Alternatively, if there’s a risk of head lice from an outbreak at school, or in advance of a sleepover, a trip away, or if someone in the family has caught them, never fear Vamousse Protective Shampoo (RRP £9.99 for 200ml bottle) is here! By applying a generous amount of the protective shampoo to wet hair, daily for at least 2 weeks you can stop the spread of head lice by killing them before they even lay eggs.
Uh-Oh...We Found Them! Should we panic?
Stop crying...yes you! There is no need to panic (or cry!), if you are quick and thorough, the pesky nits will be gone almost as quickly as they appeared!
You could try wet combing with a 'nit comb', for wet combing to be effective though, it needs to be regular and thorough. Repeat the procedure on days 5, 9 and 13, so that you catch the young lice as they hatch, before they have time to reach maturity and lay even more eggs!
You could also try using a mousse, lotion or spray. There are plenty out there on the market and all vary depending on the product you are using, the length of time it will need to be left on the head may vary, from 10 minutes to 8 hours, sone are even over night treatments (arrrgghhh!!) Vamousse Head Lice Treatment (RRP £14.99) kills 100% of head lice within just 15 minutes of contact meaning there is no need to reapply. HURRAH!!!
Disclaimer: We were sent Vamousse products in return for this post. So far we havent had to use them and although my fingers are crossed that we wont have to...I also kinda know we will have too...I mean we would be extremely lucky not to with 3 monsters now in school! When the time comes I will link up our review and thoughts to this post!