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Combating Nits and Head Lice

It’s a nice thing when your child has something in common with other children, but not so nice when that commonality is head lice. Unfortunately, there is a good chance that there is a child in your child’s school that has head lice, and you may not know it until your own comes home scratching.

It can be horrific when you look at your child’s head and you see those small insects hanging on for dear life, knowing that they are extracting blood from your little one’s scalp. You now will need to get rid of lice and nits and do it quick.

What are Nits?

Many people believe nits and head lice mean the same thing, but they are very different. When you look closely at the scalp of someone who has lice, the lice are the small grey-brown insects that are crawling around. They can become as big as the sesame seeds on the bun of the last cheeseburger you ate. They suck blood from the scalp and that’s all they need to survive.

The nits are the egg cases that are left behind. They are dandruff-like specs that cling to the shaft of the hair.

Head lice lay their eggs as close as they can to the scalp because it is warmer there. It only takes 7 to 10 days for the eggs to hatch and two weeks for the hatchlings to become fully matured lice. They can then start laying their own eggs and the process starts all over again.

All of this is why it is a must for you to check your child’s scalp often. If you see signs of lice, it is important to start lice treatment as soon as possible.

Facts About Lice

There are some things that you should know about lice. Those things are:

  • They are spread through head-to-head contact, but they can move from one coat or sweater to another.
  • Lice can cling to hair even when it’s clean.
  • Lice can survive on bedding, soft toys, coats, sweaters, and hats.
  • Itching is a clear sign that something is wrong.

The Child-Nit Connection

Kids are more prone to head lice because they don’t have boundaries. They are less likely to respect the personal space of others, which makes it easy for lice to spread from one child to the next.

Think of how schoolchildren spend a lot of time close to one another. They sit in circles, play games, and they hang their coats and hats in shared closets. This is why lice are most common in children ages 4 to 11. Once one child has lice, an outbreak can wreak havoc on a class or an entire school.

Adults are less likely to get head lice because we respect personal space. We are less likely to get too close to others because we want our personal space respected as well. It’s not that adults are immune because all it takes is for your child to snuggle up to you while they have head lice for you to start itching as well.

Identifying Head Lice on Your Child

Years ago, children were inspected for lice at school. This practice has ended in many regions around the country, so this means it is up to the parents to make sure there are no lice present. Itching isn’t the only sign, so don’t rely on this to tell you that there is a problem. The itching doesn’t always start immediately. Lice also don’t show up well at first.

The best way to identify if your child has lice is to comb their hair. It is best to do this while the hair is wet by washing your child’s hair with their regular shampoo, applying a generous amount of conditioner, and then using a side-toothed comb to comb out tangles. You then switch to a nit comb to see if you catch any nits.

When you use a nit comb, you start near the scalp and comb to the end. Each time you reach the end of the hair, check the comb for nits. You can do this by wiping it on a paper towel.

Rinse the conditioner out of the hair and repeat the combing process. It’s ideal to carry out this procedure every week.

When You Find Head Lice

When you find head lice, it can be devastating. Even if you find just a few, you need to treat your child just like they have an outbreak. ClearLice has a wide range of natural head lice treatment solutions to help you address this problem. Unfortunately, finding lice means that they are in their bed, on towels, on clothes, and probably on stuffed animals as well.

By using a ClearLice Lice Treatment Kit,  you know you are using a specially made formula that targets lice and all of the nasty that comes with them. The products consist of natural botanicals, plant extracts, enzyme complexes, and other natural ingredients so you are not putting chemicals on your child’s head that you don’t want to put there.

ClearLice has the capability to break open nits and the exoskeletons of lice.  It is impossible for lice to build a resistance to these products. You can get shampoo, conditioner, a home treatment spray, a laundry enzyme additive, a shower cap, and a certified stainless steel micro-grooved nit comb.

ClearLice gives you everything that you need to combat lice in your home so that you don’t have to question if you are truly getting rid of the lice. The instructions are quite clear so you are not left in the dark on what to do.

Keeping Kids Happy

When you are able to effectively identify and treat lice, you keep your kids happy. One of the most embarrassing things for a child in school is for others to find out that they have lice. You can treat it quickly and discreetly so that no one has to know. It can be your little secret, especially when you have the proper tools to address the issue. ClearLice is a major ally when faced with this embarrassing and very itchy problem.

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