Headlice are a very common problem, especially among children in the 4 – 10 year category. Headlice are small wingless insects that feed on blood obtained from biting the scalp. It is this biting and reaction to lice saliva that gives rise to the itchiness associated with head lice. They are most commonly found at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Headlice can only be spread by head to head contact as they cannot jump or fly. It is vital that head lice treatments are only used if the customer is certain that infestation is present. Defence products such as Nitty Gritty Defence Spray or Lyclear Repellent are recommended to prevent infestation occurring.
Head lice are a common problem and do not indicate poor hygiene.
- Parents should be advised to read product directions fully prior to treatment as incorrect usage may lead to the product not working and resistance to that product. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice from our pharmacist or healthcare adviser when purchasing the product.
- Hair should always be allowed to dry naturally after the addition of treatment due to the flammability of some product ingredients and the fact that other product ingredients may be inactivated by heat.
- Attention should be given to the back of the neck and behind the ears when applying products.
- Customers suffering with asthma, eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis should use water-based products as alcohol-based products may exacerbate the above conditions
- After using a treatment product, be advised to spend time fine combing the hair as this is the only effective way to remove the dead nits
- Parents are advised to fine comb their children’s hair on a weekly basis as this to increase early detection.
- Products should not be used on broken skin
- Always read product instruction carefully as these vary from one product to another