This post is sponsored by NitWits
If you are like us, your head will start itching at the mere mention of head lice, but with Term 2 well and truly underway, we thought it was time to take some notes from Nadine Ismiel-Nash, the mum and scientist who created Australia’s #1 Head Lice product, NitWits All-In-One Head Lice Treatment*.
The truth is, head lice can be picked up anywhere – including at school or when you’re away on holiday. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to do than spend hours tackling a head lice infestation!
Nadine is urging Australian parents to remember that early detection and treatment of head lice will minimise the spread. “For any child in school, including preschool and high school, weekly head lice checks are a MUST. Don’t forget to do a good check behind the ears and at the base of the neck. Minimising the spread of head lice is easier and more pleasant for kids and parents, and a good routine will make it much less likely that your child will be affected”, she says.
I am all for prevention when it comes to head lice, and was interested to read that securing long hair in a bun or a plait will minimise ’hair-to-hair’ contact along with applying a repellent like the NitWits Anti-Lice & Detangling Spray, which can deter and defend against head lice. For us, this will be easy to implement as Alegría’s school has a policy that states that all hair is to be tied back. No more pony tails, we are going to rock the plait and spray the NitWits Anti-Lice & Detangling Spray daily!
WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CHILD IS INFESTED WITH HEAD LICE? There are four types of head lice treatments available in Australia which work in different ways, and knowing what these treatments do and what is most suitable for your child is important.
The first is chemically-acting treatments, but I would rather try other options. I’m all for a hard-lined approach, but if there are other options that work then I would prefer to use them instead!
This is where NitWits comes in! NitWits offers three different types of treatments:
1. Physically-acting treatments which work differently to chemically-acting treatments through a non-poisonous method to kill head lice and eggs by either stripping away their waxy coating causing them to dehydrate, or blocking the opening to their air ways, disrupting their ability to manage water. This physical mode of action means there is theoretically no chance for the lice to build up a resistance, unlike other traditional pesticide-based alternatives. With NitWits All-In-One Head Lice Treatment, there is no need for rigorous combing or to repeat the treatment, unlike many other alternatives. Importantly, the entire NitWits range is pyrethroid-free.
2. Wet combing which involves a combing solution and lice comb to comb out head lice and eggs;
3. Natural treatments that use natural actives such as tea tree and eucalyptus oils to treat lice by entering the louse’s central nervous system, paralysing and killing the lice.
Remember, to minimise the likelihood of head lice returning, you need to ensure everyone around your child has the all-clear too! “It’s incredibly important for you to communicate with your child’s school if head lice are discovered in your child’s hair. Also, inform friends and family so they can check for head lice as well. This is the only way all potential sources of infestation can be eliminated,” adds Nadine.
Because we know you have better things to do than worry about head lice, we spoke with the good people at NitWits and they have generously given us three packs of NitWits All-In-One Head Lice Treatment to give away! Happy days!
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