Head Lice Treatments available on the market
There are numerous head lice treatments on the market.
The problem with treatments however is that no method is 100% effective and they should only be started if you find a live louse your child's head. By then the lice will have spread to other children in the household or at school!
There are two main types of treatment available:
- Insecticidal solutions
- Silicone based solutions
Some useful information on the different types of treatments and the pros and cons of each is available on the net doctor website.
The British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
says shampoos are diluted too much in use to be effective, while mousses and rinses aren't left on the hair long enough to work;'
Be aware of head lice resistance and growing environmental concerns
There is evidence that head lice are becoming resistant to some of the insecticides (permethrin, lindane) as well as growing concerns
about the environmental effects of over using insecticidal preparations and flushing them into the drainage system. (Permethrin in particular is highly toxic to fish and water inverterbrates and can damage the balance in the sewer system.) PROTEC "Ed Lice" is a true repellent. It does not kill head lice and therefore head lice cannot become resistant to its effects!
Over the counter products containing plant oils
Be careful with over-the-counter products that contain essential plant oils such as Rosemary, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil and lemon grass!
These are classified as "natural" and therefore they are not regulated under the relevent EU regulations*. This means that their safety and effectiveness haven't been tested to EU standards (the same applies to products purchased from the USA over the internet which do not comply with the US FDA regulations.
Because instructions for using these products aren't regulated either, it may not be clear how to use them safely. In fact, some products may:
- Be known allergens
- Be toxic or irritate the skin
- Irritate the lungs if fumes are inhaled
- Be flammable
Hair combs are useful in being able to help find any lice (hopefully before they have a chance to breed and lay nits) but you will still then have to treat your child's hair to prevent head lice from spreading to other people/children.
Preventing and protecting against any further infestations
Whatever treatment you decide on, they will only treat an individual infestation and do not prevent re-infestation. So when you've finished the treatment, use PROTEC "Ed Lice" to protect your child. Because PROTEC "Ed Lice" is safe for children of all ages, it can be applied as frequently as requried. So get into the habit of spraying your child's hair after washing and every other day to "PREVENT AND PROTEC".
PROTEC "Ed Lice" is the only available commercial treatment that is proven to repel head lice.So start protecting your child on the first day of term and for the rest of the term.