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Cons: Has a medicinal smell, expensive, did not work for us!
At the end of last school year my 12 yr. old, a 6th grader, came home with more his report card. Yes indeed! He brought a "gift" from another student.... HEADLICE!
Many of you are probably saying, " YUCK ", "EWWwww " etc. I agreed, HEADLICE are nasty little buggers and troublesome too. However, getting HEADLICE is nothing to be ashamed of. NOT TREATING them properly is something nasty and shameful.
Along with my 12 yr. old I have a 10 yr. old son and a 7 yr. old daughter. Both my boys keep their hair cut very short. Almost in a military style. Mary and I both have very long hair. Her's is to her butt and mine to the middle of my back. Our hair is considered fine, meaning each strand is thin and fine, there's just tons of it. Yes, we've been blessed with an over abundance of head hair! Unfortunately for us, HEADLICE love this stuff.
I did not notice that my son was hosting the little varmits until he started scratching. Constantly. My son has always sweated alot and his head was no exception. That was one reason we choose to keep his hair so short. But when he started scratching more than usual.... well I got suspicious. I looked and there they were! I thought I'd gag there were so many!
****WHAT ARE HEADLICE?****
HEADLICE are bugs! Yes, bugs that hop, skip, and play on the strands of your hair. They also dine on your scalp. All this activity is what causes the itching. They live, love and breed on your head!
HEADLICE are a brownish gray in color. An adult is about the size of a small grain of rice. They have 6 legs, and an oval shaped body. Their legs are to the front of their bodies. They tend to stay close to the scalp with their abdomens pointing up the strand of hair. Their eggs are brown and hard to see. They are attached to the strand of hair with a glue like substance. Once the egg has hatched it turns white and is easy to spot.
****WHAT TO LOOK FOR****
HEADLICE like the areas behind and above the ears as well as the nape of the neck best. Look for the white egg shells close to the scalp. You might even see a LOUSE or two there also. The eggs are very small but the shells (white) are easy to spot. Unlike dandruff, when you move the hair... the shells don't "move". They are attached to the strand.
****WHAT WE DID****
I immediately took my soon to the shower and got out the clippers. I practically shaved his head smooth as a baby's bottom! I then went to WINN-DIXIE ( our local grocer) and bought 2 family packages of NIX HEADLICE TREATMENT. Each box contains two, 2 fl. oz. bottles of the creme rinse treatment and 2 plastic combs. The combs are extra extra fine toothed to remove bugs and eggs. I decided to get 2 family packages hoping to have enough for everyone, me included.
****HOW TO USE****
NIX HEADLICE TREATMENT is a creme rinse. That means that you shampoo the hair as usual, towel dry and then apply the treatment. Instructions are to apply a generous amount to saturate the hair. BE SURE TO GET BEHIND THE EARS AND NAPE OF THE NECK EXTRA GOOD. You are to leave on for "no longer than 10 minutes". Rinse with warm water and then use the comb to remove the bugs and eggs. You need to section the hair into VERY small sections and starting as close to the scalp as possible, draw the comb out. Be sure to rinse and/or wipe the comb frequently as it will become "clogged" with the eggs, bugs and scalp flakes.
We followed the instructions and applied the creme rinse to Mary's hair. I actually used an entire bottle and left the NIX LICE TREATMENT on for 20 mins. as she had long hair.I liked that it helped detangle my daughters hair. After rinsing, we spent over an hour combing her hair. You'll never know my disgust when, while combing I found a LIVE bug! YES SIR I SURE DID! I had followed the instructions! Okay.... we waited 2 days and reapplied the NIX LICE TREATMENT again! Only this time I left it on for 30 mins. Again I found live bugs! Now I was angry! Okay..... I cut her hair. Now it's to her collar and we reapplied. Again LIVE BUGS! I was not just angry now but a little worried too. I had used 6 ounces on her hair in less than 8 days. That's when I contacted.....
By reading the box I learned that NIX LICE TREATMENT is dist. by WARNER-LAMBERT CONSUMER HEALTHCARE in Morris Plains N.J. I called 800 information and got their toll free number. The customer service rep. that answered told me the manufacturer is PFIZER. I told her my problem and she was more than helpful. She told me that there are some strains of headlice that are highly resistant and I needed to talk to my pediatrician. Not only that, but she asked for my address so she could send me a check for $50.00 to cover the expense of the packages I had purchased. More than generous since I paid just $17.99 each for them. Why can't all companies be like this?????
****WHAT HAPPENED THEN?****
We consulted our Dr. and he prescribed LINDANE (Quell) Shampoo and after using it just twice, we are no longer bugged!