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.