Lice is not a shame! Learn how to protect and treat your baby

Human blood lice are creatures resistant to high, low and temperature and can survive up to 48 hours outside the host's body. During her short life, one female can lay up to 150 eggs perfectly attached to human hair - nits.

No wonder head lice is a problem that still occurs in developed countries, especially among school and preschool children. Lice should not be taboo. All you need is a quick response and prophylaxis consisting of good practices to get rid of this unpleasant problem. Find out how to recognize head lice and treat it quickly.

1. How to recognize head lice?

The onset of head lice does not always give clear symptoms. Small, slightly flattened nits attached to the root of the hair are white or light yellow in color. Therefore, it is easy to confuse them with dandruff. Over time, however, itching occurs due to bites by adult blood-sucking individuals. We can see these small parasites by carefully brushing the hair back. The itching becomes more and more severe, and small scabs appear on the toddler's scalp due to persistent scratching. In extreme cases, we can also observe enlargement of the lymph nodes in the neck area. A quick reaction is very important because the lice from your toddler's hair will attack other household members in no time.

2. Lice - a problem also in developed countries

For some parents, lice is a taboo subject. Completely wrong. This is a common problem in developed countries and quite independent of the level of hygiene. It is not true that lice prefer to nest in neglected, less washed hair. Head lice can happen to anyone, and nurseries, kindergartens and schools are an ideal environment for lice to spread due to the constant contact of the child with peers. In the United States, approximately 9 million children struggle with head lice each year. In European countries, it often affects up to a dozen or so percent of the youngest.

Lice is not a shame! Learn how to protect and treat your baby

3. How do I get rid of lice and nits?

Lice are extremely resistant parasites because they are adapted to, among other things, oxygen, water and temperature deficiencies of 50oC. Thoroughly washing the hair is not enough, and even if we get rid of the adults in this way, another population is waiting at the base of the hair in the form of nits. Lice eggs are attached to the hair in the form of a special binder. Therefore, a comprehensive fight against head lice requires special substances.

Here are examples of perfectly proven ones:

  • Dimethicone is an odorless oil that allows it to penetrate the spiracles that adult lice breathe, killing them within 10 minutes.
  • Cyclomethicone is the substance responsible for dissolving the binder that holds nits to the hair. Thanks to it, during the treatment we get rid of not only adults, but also their eggs.

In the past, pyrethroids - toxic pesticides - were used to treat head lice. However, their effectiveness is waning as the lice slowly become resistant to these substances. In addition, they irritate the skin, so they cannot be used in children under 3 years of age.

When looking for a comprehensive solution, it is worth reaching for a preparation that eliminates adult lice and helps to remove nits. This group includes products from the Hedrin line in the form of a liquid, gel, spray or foam. Their action is based primarily on dimethicone and cyclomethicone and is safe for the skin of babies from 6 months of age.

4. Prevention - what should be made children aware of?

Preparations such as Hedrin Protection should be used prophylactically. Especially when we find out that a case of head lice has been reported in a nursery or kindergarten or school. These little parasites spread quickly among their peers. How to minimize the risk of a toddler getting infected?

  • Regularly comb your child's hair for lice and nits
  • Avoiding touching upholstered furniture and cushions around people infected with head lice
  • Forbidding the child to exchange hats or hair ornaments with peers
  • Making sure that the toddler uses only his own comb and towel
  • By using prophylactic preparation for lice and nits

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