At the minute it seems that head lice are a problem in many schools across the UK, the boy’s school is no different and there always seems to be a letter home on a regular basis reminding parents that they should check their child’s hair. I’m not sure why this is the case as treatment and preventatives are relatively cheap and newer treatments are much more effective at tackling the critters than before.
If your little one has been complaining of an itchy scalp or has been scratching their head then it may be time to check and make sure they don’t have any unwanted visitors. You should look near the scalp, behind the ears and near the nape of the neck, along the hairline. If they have head lice you will see small insects that are 2 to 3 mm, they are very small and quick so not easy to catch unless you have a comb. It is easier to treat hair then comb when wet to remove lice, larvae and nits. Head lice can become a huge and uncomfortable problem if left untreated. Each louse lives for about 50 days. Female lice lay 5 to 10 eggs (nits) per day. After a week, the egg hatches and the embryo becomes a larva, which will reach adulthood in 2 weeks. The adult lice live for about 30 days on a person’s head. The lice multiply rapidly which is why it’s so important that you get treatment quickly.
If your child seems to be one of those that always comes home with the creepy critters no matter how often you check or what measures you take to stop them from reoccurring it can be a real nightmare and even more so if you dislike the continuous use of chemical based pesticide products that are commonly used to treat them. However, there is good news for those parents who are tearing their hair out and who hate the use of chemical based products. Let me introduce you to Puressentiel. They are one of France’s best-loved brands and a family-owned company who specialise in the design of aromatherapy and plant-based organic products, using essential oils and natural active ingredients.
- Treatment Lotion
Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion is designed to eliminate lice, larvae and nits. The lotion is a 100% natural formula, that’s free from neurotoxic insecticides. It combines the plant oils of coconut, calophyllum, jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond and castor all of which obstruct the respiratory systems of the lice, larvae and nits. The lice are unable to develop resistance to the lotion. The use of essential oils from lavender, clove, tea tree and geranium have soothing and antiseptic properties and will help with relieving an itchy scalp. The lotions formula is gentle on all hair types and the environment too. The lotion is effective in as little as 10 minutes and comes with a high-quality lice comb so you can make sure all dead lice are removed quickly and effectively. It is available for £12.99 from Boots, Amazon and currently half price at Lloyds Pharmacy both in store and online for £6.49.
The lotion contains:
- No neurotoxic insecticides
- No silicone – No dimethicone
- No preservatives
- No synthetic fragrances
- No propellant gas
- Lice Repellant Spray
The Puressentiel Repellant Spray can be used daily to prevent lice from reinfesting/taking hold if there is an outbreak in your child’s class. In the event of an outbreak, it prevents scalp infestation and offers effective protection for up to 24 hours. Its natural origin active ingredient based formula, with no neurotoxic repellent, leaves the hair smelling fresh and pleasant. It can be used daily without damaging the hair or making it greasy. Available both online and instore for £9.99.
How to Use:
- Do not spray towards the eyes and shield them during use.
- During periods of infestation, you can spray the lotion once daily, in the morning, 5 to 7 times (0.9 to 1.26 ml) onto the hair, make sure to focus on sensitive areas – nape of the neck, behind the ears this will give an effective protection from lice for up to 24 hours.
- Do not rinse or wipe off and allow to dry naturally.