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31
Aug 2014
Back to school – it’s not all about the uniform.
It’s that time of the year when our delightful little, medium and big ones go back to school (silent Hooray!). With any luck you have been very organised and have ready all the necessities: uniform, shoes, lunch bags, pencil case, books, protractors and such like. These are things they will take in to school and then sometimes they come home with some unwanted friends. No, not the ones on two legs who come home with your child who then disappear to sit in the bedroom, not speak and spend their time on social media, eat your food and go home. I’m talking about the ones with SIX legs and spend their time laying eggs and hatching more beauties in the warmth of your hair – HEAD LICE! Not a nice subject I know, but being armed with some information can lessen the impact to you and your child should the uninvited guests decide to drop by. Have a look at this: Our Medicines Management Advisor, Alison, discusses myths about head lice and advice for infestations. There is a myth that head lice jump from head to head, whereas in reality they walk from head to head which is why young children who work closely together are more prone to getting head lice. Also, head lice can affect anyone, it is not a sign of poor hygiene or dirty hair. Head lice like to be close to the scalp where they will feed, about 1 ½ inches from the scalp, especially on hair by the ears and the nape of the neck. Clear eggs (nits) are the shells from newly hatched lice and brown eggs are newly laid. Head lice don’t like conditioned hair, so putting extra conditioner on your child’s hair can go some way to prevention, but no way a cure. If there is an outbreak in school, check your child’s hair regularly. It’s best not to rely on other parents doing they own children so you don’t have to do yours, and gone are the days of the ‘Nit Nurse!’ Prevention is better than cure so comb through the hair after each wash. For girls who have long hair, It is a good idea to tie it back when going to school. Alison’s personal recommendations if head lice are found: The Nitty Gritty comb is worth investing in. It has teeth within teeth and is excellent at removing the lice, egg shells (nits) and eggs without pesticides. It’s quick and easy; comb through the hair with a regular comb to de-tangle the hair and to remove any 'walkers' then apply conditioner, part the hair into sections, then comb each section. Alternatively, one of the best medicated treatment products contains Dimeticone, such as Hedrin. This medicated treatment works particularly well as it suffocates the head lice. From Alison’s experience with her own daughter, she would put the ‘lodgers’ on a piece of cello tape to show other parents so they knew what to look for – knowledge shared is knowledge gained. Involve your child, keep them informed, lay their head on your lap while you use the comb, for example. Cautions Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional before using medicated head lice lotions on the following groups: Young babies (Under six months old) Pregnant women People WithAsthma OrAllergies You should always carefully read instructions before using medicated head lice lotions. We stock medicated treatments and detection combs for head lice at our shop, including the newly advertised Vamousse – There’s a new Sheriff in town! Come and visit us for free advice on managing and treating a head lice infection. Also, if we are closed, browse our on-line shop for a swift delivery.
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