BEST TREATMENT FOR HEAD LICE IN KIDS—1-3 YEARS.
Though Head Lice in Kids is a very common problem, it is quite irritating and disturbing.
Head lice are tiny, flat, wingless insects, which often find their way into the scalp as parasites. They suck the blood by biting the skin. This causes irritation which, in chronic cases could result in thickening and pigmentation of the skin. Head lice breed in children more often than in adults.
Infection because of the presence of head lice causes itching. The adult female louse lays eggs known as nits, close to the surface of the scalp. They hatch before the hair has grown more than a few millimeters. The eggs are flesh coloured and are difficult to see. But once the female louse has emerged, the nits can be easily seen.
Sometimes, we can mistake flakes of dandruff for nits. A closer inspection of the scalp will show the difference. Lice can be seen crawling on the scalp of an infected child. They can be seen in the scalp, around the ears or underneath the hair at the back of the head. When you see a child frequently scratching his head, you’ll need to check his/her head.
Head lice tend to jump from head to head because of close contact-especially when a lot of children sit or play together; or in crowded and unhygienic conditions. They spread more rapidly during disasters.
There are many lice medicines available over the counter at chemists.
But here a few suggested home remedies.
Scrupulous cleanliness should be maintained by every member of the family. Combs and brushes of infected children should be kept separate and washed daily with soap, water and antiseptic like Dettol and water solution. A close-toothed comb should be kept for combing out the infected child’s hair- to get rid of lice and nits.
Take vinegar in a bowl. Using pieces of cotton wool, spread this all over the scalp and on the hair. Wrap a towel firmly around the head and keep it on for 24 hours. Wash the hair thoroughly with a good shampoo and warm water and dry with a clean towel. Use the nit comb dipped in hot water to comb out any left over nits. The vinegar loosens the nits, which can then be easily combed out. This process needs to be repeated two or three times more to get rid of the lice and nits completely.
Bathe the body from head to toe thoroughly with soap and water. Apply 5% Benzyl and Benzoat solution to all the itching areas. It should be rubbed thoroughly into the scalp at night.
Examine the heads of all the family members. The clothing of the infected child should be soaked in soapy water and washed thoroughly. It can be rinsed in water with a drop of antiseptic. Keep his personal items separate.
Make sure that while administering the above methods, you are always careful. Child care should be of utmost concern.
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