How to break the head lice cycle
Post Date
21st May 2014
How to break the head lice cycle

As most Aussie mums and dads would know, louse infestations are a recurring problem if there are school-aged kids in the house.

Breaking the cycle takes a big investment of time and attention – but it can be done!

Step 1 - Tie hair back
If children are heading off to childcare or school, keep hair tied back. It minimises the opportunity for lice to crawl from an infested head to your child’s head.

Step 2 - Check regularly
Apply a thick, white conditioner liberally to your child’s dry hair and scalp once a week, then carefully comb through hair with a nit comb.

Live louse and louse eggs (nits) will be trapped by the conditioner and will show up when you wipe the comb with a tissue.

Step 3 - Treat hair according to instructions
Different products have different active ingredients and should be handled in different ways.

You will only get the result you’re after if you apply the product exactly as indicated on the package.

Step 4 - Wash all your equipment
After treating your child’s hair, wash all headwear (including scrunchies, ribbons and elastics), combs and brushes in water that is heated to at least 60°C.

Step 5 - Check for success
Lice can build up resistance to certain products. After you’ve completed the treatment, inspect your child’s scalp to see if you can find any live lice.

If you do see live lice, chances are these lice are resistant to the product you have used. If that’s the case, seek out a product with a different active ingredient.

If you’re unsure about any treatment, seek advice from your pharmacist or medical practitioner.

Step 6 - Consider a pesticide-free product
For decades, the most commonly used lice treatments have included pesticides such as permethrins and pyrethroids. Resistance to these pesticides is on the rise, worldwide.

One alternative is to use products that contain active ingredients other than traditional pesticides, which are less prone to genetic resistance.

Full Marks Solution, for example, uses cyclomethicone and isopropyl myristate to dissolve the outer coating of the lice, which dehydrates and kills them.

Step 7 - Repeat the treatment
If you’re satisfied that the product you’re using is effective for the lice on your child’s head, then repeat the treatment in seven to ten days or as indicated on the packaging.

This will ensure you kill any lice that hatch from eggs left behind after the initial treatment.

LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS:

Full Marks Solution
Low-odour, clinically proven, ten-minute treatment to kill head lice and eliminate eggs. Full Marks Removal Comb included.

Always read the label. Use only as directed.


Full Marks Solution Spray
When used according to the instructions, Full Marks Solution Spray will kill head lice. Dead lice can then be removed along with any eggs using the fine metal toothed Full Marks Removal Comb provided.

Always read the label. Use only as directed.