Is there a Kid-Friendly Lice Treatment?
No one wants head lice in their life or in their hair, especially not kids, which are the most likely age group to have them. Their heads itch like crazy, causing discomfort. Their parents are freaking out, which makes the kids feel like they did something wrong. For parents engaged in the battle against head lice, the choices can be grim—chemical treatments with questionable effectiveness; home remedies that are even more questionable; or nitpicking for days and weeks.
Lice Treatment Options – OTC
Let’s look at the choices. It is now well known that over-the-counter (OTC) lice products don’t work anymore. Study after study has shown that most lice in the United States have developed genetic resistant to the chemicals used in OTC products. Some 98 percent of head lice in at least 42 states were found to have gene mutations that enable them to resist pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used by OTC lice products. You might get lucky and be among the 2 percent that find success.
However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even when the OTC products worked, they were only successful at killing lice and not eggs. As any lice survivor knows, eggs (nits) are the hardest part of lice removal because they are very hard to see and remove. If you miss one, you’ll have a fresh infestation.
As far as kids go, they dislike the shampoos because the chemicals smell like medicine. Side effects can include skin burns and rashes. You are basically dousing a child’s head with an insecticide.
Lice Treatment Options – Home Remedies
Then there are the home remedies. Mayonnaise, kerosene, petroleum jelly, and the like, are recommended all over the Internet as effective methods of suffocating head lice. These methods are unproven, and you can find just as many anecdotal reports of failure as there is success. These suffocation attempts aren’t likely to kill eggs either because eggs don’t breathe.
Home remedies typically involve covering the scalp with the smothering agent of choice and wrapping the hair in plastic for 8-12 hours. But you really don’t want your kids to sleep with a head full of kerosene or mayonnaise or petroleum jelly. It’s also really hard to get the stuff out and if your kids are old enough to care about how they look and smell, they will not be happy.
Lice Treatment Options – Nit Picking
Finally, there’s good old-fashioned nit picking. The reality is that you’re going to have to do some nitpicking even if you try OTC or home remedies that don’t kill eggs.
However, nitpicking is tough. As mentioned, nits are notoriously difficult to see, and it requires combing hair over and over with an extremely fine-toothed comb. Parents have reported nitpicking for as many as 30 hours, and still being unsuccessful. Kids, frankly, hate it. Younger kids can’t sit still for hours at a time. Kids with long and curly hair don’t like the combing because it hurts. So, while nit-picking can be effective, it is not a kid-friendly lice treatment.
The AirAllé® Lice Treatment – A 3-Step Kid-Friendly Lice Treatment Option
Until recently, those were the only choices. Now, there is a medical device—a genuine FDA-cleared product that is the result of decades of scientific research that is guaranteed to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of nits in a single 90-minute session. It’s called the AirAllé® Device, and this kid-friendly lice treatment is available at Lice Clinics of America professional lice treatment centers throughout the world.
Lice removal with the AirAllé® device is pain-free, pesticide-free, and makes nitpicking easy because the nits are dead. It’s about as difficult for kids as getting a haircut.
As you can imagine, given the options, Lice Clinics of America has quickly grown into the largest lice treatment network in the world. There are some 230 clinics in 20 countries and more are opening each month. To learn more or to find a clinic near you, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.