Back to School… Take Action Now!
It’s not a pleasant subject, but the reality is, back to school can mean thousands of children being exposed to head lice. Children by their very nature love to play closely with other children–rolling around on the floor together, heads close to one another as they work on projects, and eagerly sharing one another’s hats and caps. Parents dread the idea of receiving that letter from the school nurse stating that a case of head lice is going around school, or worse, your own child has lice. Years ago, my own child came home with ‘The Letter’–turned out she had nothing more than a mild case of dandruff, but it’s tough not to panic as the idea of “what now?” is foremost in your mind.
For several years mothers, the media, school nurses, and entomologists have been reporting that many head louse populations have become resistant to the chemicals used to treat them. Preventive treatments with anti-lice agents are not recommended and can lead to illness and persistent itching.
Permethrin and Lindane are insecticides used to treat head lice infestations. The success rate of Permethrin has dropped, and Lindane, which is toxic to humans, has been known to cause seizures, and temporary paralysis. Lindane has been used both as an agricultural insecticide and as a pharmaceutical treatment for lice and scabies. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies Lindane as “moderately hazardous”.
Taking into consideration the information I’ve come across on the Internet about the chems used to treat head lice, I’ve wondered if there isn’t a more natural, safer, and simpler way to attack this plague. Do it yourself treatments use plant oils such as olive oil, eucalyptus, tea tree, geranium and lavender, which make the hair shaft slippery and difficult for lice to cling to. The aromatic properties of these oils also repel the lice. It sounds to me that if possible, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” should be our modus operandi here. Obviously, we would caution our children to refrain from sharing hats, caps, combs, hair bows, etc., but are there any other precautions we should be taking?
J.R.Liggett’s Shampoo bars have for years been touted as a real preventative for these tiny nasty creatures. It has to do with the natural vegetable oils, olive, castor, and coconut oils in a non-detergent base that the head lice don’t like. All six different shampoo bars that J.R.Liggett offers, contain olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. The Tea Tree shampoo bar formula works well for dermatological issues, and the Ultra Balanced shampoo bar is unscented. We recommend using these on your children’s hair before they get infected and they will stand a good chance of coming through the season with out a single “nit”.
Over a year ago, a user of J.R.Liggett’s shampoo bar left a Facebook comment referring to being proactive in preventing head lice: “We learned our lesson last year–the hard way–twice! Thanks to your shampoo Jim, this year we’re A.O.K.!
Joy Richter ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD