Is your child SCRATCHING? Again, it is that time of year when you get the note in the diary that some kids in the class have lice (pidocchi). There is no way you can avoid getting one of those notes. It seems like every class has children with lice. The most that can be done is to check your child. If they are discovered, you need to treat them. Not just the child but the whole family and house. By the time you realize that your child has them, they have spread around.
Way to check:
Use the lice comb and go through their hair section by section, starting at the top and working down. You need to look at the scalp and check the comb for the eggs, nymphs, and full-grown. If they are discovered, you need to treat them. You cannot just treat the child; you will need to treat the whole family and house.
Treatment: 3 Steps
1) There are many treatments out there to use. Go to your pharmacy and ask for one. The important thing is that you use the shampoo and then repeat it 7 days later. This 7 days later is very important, or you will end up with them again. The 7 days later kill the nymphs that hatched from the eggs that didn’t get hit by the shampoo. You must use the lice comb. It is the only way to scrap the eggs off and catch the little buggers.
2) Also, removing all bedding is essential (including all the stuffed animals and favorite blankets). All have to be washed at 60-degree temperature. That will kill the eggs and lice. Also, if you cannot machine wash some items like stuffed animals, put them in an air-tight plastic bag off to the side for a week. That will kill off the lice. Lice need blood from humans. If they don’t get it, they will die. So after a week, it is OK to give back the stuffed animals to the child.
3) Vacuum the couches, chairs, and mattresses. Vacuuming helps to keep the eggs and lice that drop off also away from their food source. Again this is a must.
If you follow these 3 steps, you will have gotten rid of the lice. But to keep them away, you will need to prevent them.
There are a few things you can do to prevent re-infestation. First, girls tie up their hair. This keeps the hair away when they play with other classmates. Boys keep their hair short. Also, some sprays can be used. I will mention the one we have used so far (knock on wood). It has kept them away.I use Seres Spray di Pid by Derbe. It is all herbal, and we spray it on every morning before school.
That is all on this topic. I am now itching from the thought of it.
6 responses to “Is Your Child Scratching?”
Hi Janet, I have a bunch of helpful responses coming
My daughter is a college student studying abroad here in Florence Italy. She and several of her friends just discovered that they have lice. They have been trying to treat each other with the comb out product but it is a huge challenge and very stressful. Does anyone know any lice treatment business or person that does de-licing here in Florence Italy? I have tried to search the web and cannot find anyone. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you from this mom who lives too far away in the USA and unfortunately can’t help out.
I am posting the responses from the moms group because they are great with knowing the answers:
1. Poor things!… The one we always used was MILICE SCHUMA seems to get the job done.. Amazon link… https://amzn.eu/d/9LMVNAK
a. that worked for us too. We did 2 treatments and used the special nit comb, as per instructions. The pharmacist was funny and empathetic…it happens to almost every family these days.
2. We used this Paranix the one time we all got it in the family from one of our kids. It is easy to use and needs to repeated 7 days later. I think they just need to patiently comb each others hair out and wait the 7 days to redo treatment, in the meantime wash all bed linens and any sofa cushions they lay their heads on. Lice don’t lay around much but if all the roommates have lice too, they have to all follow the same treatment at the same time to avoid giving it back to each other. As for a place that does it professionally, I’ve never seen or heard that being a service offered here. I know all moms in infanzia at one time or another get lice brought back from school so we get the practice 😂 although we’ve been lucky so far and have only had that one experience with lots of periodic checkups because lice outbreaks still happen in class! Pandemic has actually helped in this case.
3. I used to live in a country where getting lice was sort of part of my job, or atleast it seemed. 🙄 anyways, an old expat told me this one time, and she was right. Do the first treatment,comb it out, then the key is that second treatment. Do it on time. You have to kill the baby lice that may have hatched before they are mature enough to lay more eggs. Also what I learned from living there, I didn’t get lice as much if I didn’t hug people with potential lice, if I kept lots of product in my hair, and if I put tea tree oil in all my products. You don’t have to go crazy washing everything, lice actually don’t live very long without human contact. Still wash, but it’s not the end of the world if you miss something. Just my personal experience.
Don’t forget to wash all the bedding at 60°C and vacuum the furniture, pillows, chairs etc. If they have stuffed animals in the bed to bag them for at least a week. Unforntuantely it is a long process especially with very long hair but it has to be done.
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kim i have been thought this process at least 10 times
Yes girls seem to get it more, but both boys and girls can get them. The notes come back constantly to all the kids in the class asking to check the heads. This stuff seems to work in keeping them away.