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Head lice in children

A particularly thorny topic for mothers is head-lice: a real nightmare! Commonly they are thought to be carried by dirt, but they attach more easily to clean hair. They bring a lot of discomfort and intense itching, but no disease. Therefore, prevention and the use of a specific product is important. Let’s see together how to deal with them and fight them.

Head lice in children

Pediculosis, or lice infestation of hair, doesn’t depend on personal hygiene or the degree of dirt in the environment frequented by the child. They are as common in rich countries as in poor ones. At least one in three children gets lice each year at school, especially girls because they usually have longer hair. This occurs because children have a high level of bodily and social interaction: lice pass from person to person and “head to head”, close contact is enough for transmission.
The child mainly manifests sever itching of the scalp, especially at the nape of the neck, accompanied by irritative dermatitis in the areas of greatest rubbing.

How to eradicate resistant lice in children

The head louse is a small insect that lays eggs, called nits, which are easily recognizable to the naked eye: they are oval in shape, a whitish color, and are firmly attached to hair strands. Their removal is very slow because nits do not come off hair easily; it takes a lot of serenity and cooperation from the child.
First of all, it is necessary to equip oneself with a lot of patience! Then you need a fine-tooth comb and specific antiparasitic products to facilitate the removal of nits. You then apply the lotion to the skin and hair after which you need to comb through all the hair with the appropriate comb.
It is therefore not necessary, a myth to be dispelled, to cut hair to permanently eliminate lice in children. The child can already return to school after the first treatment, however, it is better to consult with the school and the treating physician.

Child lice prevention

Pediculosis can definitely be limited with correct behaviour. First of all, constant checking of the child’s skin (at least once a week), to stop the spread right away in case of infestation. For thorough checking, it is best to use a magnifying glass in natural light and a fine-tooth comb.
Also use specific products that help sanitize the skin and create a hostile environment for nits and lice such as our Phitocomplex Baby defense lotion. Only a few sprays are needed on the child’s scalp daily before school

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