This was an incident that happened last year. I can remember it as though it just happened today. My 9 year old grandson Dustin came barging into my house all excited and all out of breath after getting off of his school bus. Gramma, Gramma, I've got eggs in my hair. Looking at him a little confused, I asked him what he meant. He said that the school nurse had checked every ones hair, and that he and three other children had eggs in their hair. I finally realized then that he meant he had head lice. After a few minutes of explaining to him all about head lice, he finally calmed down a little.
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After checking his hair I did discover some eggs in his hair behind both of his ears. Even though his hair is short, boys are still susceptible to get head lice.
My daughter would not be picking him up from her work for another 3 hours, so I decided to go to the drug store to get something to rid him of his head lice. After talking to my Pharmacist at our Eckerds Drug Store, he recommended Nix Lice Treatment, which I did purchase. Being it was last year I don't really remember what it cost, but I think it ran about 8 or 9 Dollars. It came with a small 2 oz. bottle of Creme Rinse and a small nit comb.
Directions for use:
The first thing I did was wash Dustins hair with shampoo, rinsed it out and towel dried his hair. It didn't take long to dry his hair because his hair is fairly short.
After shaking the Creme Rinse bottle thoroughly, I saturated his hair and scalp with a sufficient amount of the Creme Rinse, and worked it in well, especially behind his ears and in the nape of his neck. I left the rinse in for 10 minutes and then rinsed it out with water.
I was surprised that the Creme Rinse didn't have a yucky smell. It did have a medicinal odor to it which didn't smell bad at all. After I gave him the Lice treatment, and his hair was dried I had to comb his hair out with the Nit Comb that came with the package. Although the eggs I did find behind his ears, I was able to pull them off with my finger nails. But I also did use the Nit Comb as well on his hair.
If your child has a severe infestation of lice, this will require patience and diligence, because after using a treatment, you must comb the hair meticulously using a nit comb and removing every nit found on each and every strand. It will help to put on a video or give your child a book to read while doing this, as it may take a while.
Nix Lice Treatment will kill all of the lice, but will not kill the nits. You may have to apply a second Treatment of Nix Creme Rinse a few days later, to kill any newly-hatched lice from eggs that were not combed out thoroughly. Since eggs can be left behind, reinfestation can occur if the combing is not done properly.
Carefully inspect your child's hair daily for at least two weeks after treatment.
Check other family members for head lice.
Wash everything like clothes, towels, washable hats, scarves, coats, bed linens, headbands, hair ornaments, hair rollers, combs and brushes, baseball caps, or sports helmets. Some of these items can be washed in your washer in hot water and dried for 30 minutes in the dryer.
If you have anything that is not washable then you should get that item dry cleaned.
If your child has stuffed animals put them in a plastic bag and seal them up for a few weeks or so. When a neighbor of mine discovered lice in her daughters hair, she put all her stuffed animals in a plastic bag, tied it securely and put them in her freezer for a few days.
Always soak the child's comb and brush in hot water for 10 minutes after their hair has been treated.
When applying The Nix Creme Rinse make sure to tell your child to keep their eyes closed while applying the treatment. Always protect their eyes with a washcloth or a towel. If the solution happens to get in their eyes, immediately flush out the eyes with water.
This Nix Treatment may cause breathing difficulty, or an asthmatic episode in susceptible persons.
If your pregnant or nursing seek advice from your Doctor before using this Nix Lice Treatment, or any other Lice Treatment.
Unless you know what to look for, adult lice and nits, or eggs are difficult to see. A louse mooching off your child's scalp may have been there for as long as a month. Small nits may often be mistaken for dandruff. It it doesn't come of with a flick of your finger, it's more than likely it is lice.
These eggs will develop and hatch usually about 10 days later after it has been attached to the hair shaft near the root of the hair. A female louse can lay up to 4-10 eggs a day. This is why it is very important after using the treatment to use a nit comb to remove all the eggs from the hair.
One last thing here is, for the sake of children's self esteem, always treat Head lice like coughs, colds or anything else that is a part of childhood. Let your child know that head lice can be annoying, and that head lice doesn't cause direct harm, and doesn't transmit infections or diseases from person to person. Tell them that Head lice is a very common problem in most schools, wherever children come together, like playgrounds, preschool, camps etc. and is treatable.
Unless your kids live in a vacuum, chances are that you may find head lice in your kids hair sooner or later one day. Just don't panic, buy a Nix Lice Treatment and follow the directions in the box, and your head lice will soon be gone and on their way.
I even purchased another Nix Lice Treatment, just to have on hand just in case we have another incident of head lice. Just because Dustins hair is short, he may still get the head lice back again. It's better to be safe than sorry, so they say.
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