Tips on How to Get Rid of Nits Safely and Effectively
Do you keep getting head lice? Have you tried all possible ways to get rid of head lice but keeps on coming back after few weeks? It’s possible that you got reinfested or the treatment you used isn’t working. Here are tips on how to get rid of nits and lice in your child’s hair. But before that, let us understand more what these tiny critters can really do.
Head Lice Infestations
Head lice infestation is very common among children. One in four children in pre-schools are infested with head lice. Head lice can easily be acquired, either through head-to-head contact or sharing of personal items such as hats, combs, towels and the likes. These pests can only live and feed on humans so you don’t have to worry about your pets at home. Head lice can only live on their hosts. So when they are exposed away from your head, they will die.
You can easily identify head lice infestations by its symptoms. When your child keeps scratching his/her head every minute, be prepared to face these tiny pests. Head lice secrete saliva on every bite which causes irritations and itchiness we feel on our scalp.
What Nits Can Do
Nits are head lice’s eggs. They are white in color which is about the size of a sesame seed. They are found near your child’s scalp and are often mistaken as dandruff. They are the major cause of head lice re-infestations, aside from head lice being resistant to treatment.
Nits are very stubborn as they cling strongly to your child’s hair. The glue like substance which is secreted by the female louse makes them very sticky and invulnerable. A female louse can lay up to two batches of nits in her lifetime and every batch contains 8 – 12 nits. After 9 – 12 days, nymphs are hatched from nits to start another life cycle.
A lot of treatments are available on the market. Most of these treatments have been proven to be very effective in killing head lice. So, why does re-infestation occur? Plain and simple. Most parents do not follow instructions carefully. In rare cases, it can cause irritations which can lead to infections. To prevent these unlikely occurrences, here are tips on how to get rid of nits in hair.
How to Get Rid of Lice and Nits
Lice killing products are recommended by most specialists as these products contain chemicals which can disrupt lice’s breathing system. However, these products can’t kill the nits (eggs). Hence, a second treatment after 9 – 12 days is needed to kill newly hatched nymphs and prevent them from starting another life cycle again. More treatments may be needed if head lice and nits can still be found. It is important to follow these instructions because it’s the only way that you can get rid of head lice safely and effectively.
You can also apply home remedies to your child’s hair. Although they are not proven to be very effective, they are cheaper and safer. They are used by most moms as an alternative to prevent skin irritations caused by those harmful chemicals.
You can use real mayonnaise to get rid of head lice. Apply a handful of mayonnaise on your child’s hair and leave it for four (4) hours. Some prefer to leave it overnight. Use a tight shower cap to prevent mess. Rinse hair thoroughly with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Mayonnaise kills head lice by suffocating them.
Vinegar contains acetic acid which is very effective in removing the glue like substance that protects nits from being easily brushed off. Tea tree, coconut, rosemary, olive, neem and other essential oils can be used as an alternative to the vinegar solution.
Your home offers a lot of treatments. You can find the recipes and instructions on how to use it on the internet so you’ll learn how to do these treatments correctly.
But the safest way in getting rid of nits is by removing them manually using nit combs. Although it can be very time-consuming, it is very safe and effective. First, untangle hair using a normal comb to make combing easier as nit combs have very fine teeth. Comb out every section of your child’s hair with a nit comb after applying the treatment you prefer the most. Nit comb’s teeth have very fine gaps which can drag away even the smallest nits on your hair. Every tooth also has microscopic grooves designed to shred every lice and nits that might come between its teeth.
Metal nit combs are recommended because its teeth will never wear out easily compared to plastics. These can also be sterilized quickly by soaking it in boiling water for few minutes. Then, you can use the same nit comb to get rid of nits all over again.
These are just some of the tips on how to get rid of nits safely and effectively. Remember, following instructions is very vital when you are using lice killing products to prevent re-infestations. You can also use home remedies if you want a safer and cheaper treatment. Finally, do not forget to use nit combs. It is the key to get rid of nits and prevent re-infestations.