Know How to Deal with Lice: Before An Infestation Happens

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Back to school unfortunately rhymes with lice. 

Kids are happy to see their friends and hug each other increasing chances to share little insects. But why it is so hard to get rid of lice? Lice has mutated and are now pesticide resistant, but don’t worry there’s a solution! Pesticide-free products such as Nyda choke lice instead of intoxicating them and this is why the treatment is so effective.

There are interesting “answers” available on the web… Here some fun facts:

Myth #1: Lice die in pool water or seawater

FALSE.
Studies have shown that lice can survive under water for several hours and remain clinging to hair even when plunged into a pool, where chlorine doesn’t actually kill them. Of course, they’re never going to place on the podium for a 100 metre breaststroke event, but they do manage to stand their ground. That’s also why using normal shampoo isn’t enough to get rid of them.

Myth #2: Lavender oil repels lice (while smelling good)

FALSE.
Odours do not repel lice! Although lavender essential oil is known for its insecticidal properties, it isn’t a sufficiently powerful active ingredient to eradicate lice. On top of that, it absolutely must not be used on children, since like many essential oils, it is toxic in high doses. In short, there’s no point to diving into a lavender field. Oh well.

Myth #3: Olive oil and vinegar help remove nits

FALSE.
Vinegar should not be used to treat pediculosis. It can irritate the scalp. As for olive oil, it has no effect on nits. Stick to using those ingredients in your summer salad dressing!

Myth #4: There is such a thing as a “lice head”

FALSE.
There is no proof that lice have a preference for a particular type of head. Lice proliferate when children are in close proximity to each other, such as playing games and having sleepovers. Clean hair, dirty hair, it doesn’t matter—lice are equal-opportunity parasites.

Myth #5: The only solution is to “shave everything”

FALSE.
Nope! There’s no call for shaving long princess or prince cuts. And remember, you can have lice too!

Some quick tips to reduce the risk of lice: 

  • Avoid pesticide-based products, since in addition to being rather harsh on the scalp, they’ve been overused in the last several years, which has led to significant resistance to treatment, as proven by several studies.
  • Choose effective, pesticide-free treatments designed to kill lice along with their eggs. NYDA products contain a safe ingredient that penetrates into the deepest parts of the respiratory systems of lice, larvae and eggs, where it takes the place of air particles. In doing so, it blocks gas exchange and kills lice AND their eggs. This is an important innovation because there is no known way lice can develop resistance to it.
  • Braid or tie long hair back.
  • Inspect children’s scalp regularly, using a fine comb if necessary.

Although the risk of infestation through contact with personal belongings (bedclothes, clothing, combs, brushes and other items) is minimal, they can be cleaned using one of the following methods:

·       Soak in hot water (65 °C or 150 °F) for 5 to 10 minutes.

·       Have clothing dry cleaned.

·       Put clothing in the dryer for 20 minutes at the hottest setting.

·       Place belongings in a sealed plastic bag for 10 days.

·       Vacuum carpets and sofas. 

 

About Nyda
NYDA® is a head lice treatment solution by Pediapharm, an industry leader in paediatric pharmaceuticals in Canada. It is made from dimeticone 100 cSt, which penetrates lice’s respiratory system, making it effective against pesticide-resistant lice and safe for children’s skin. Public health authorities recommend limiting the use of pesticides because of the dangers they pose to children’s health.

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