Friday 16 August 2019

(Ad - Gifted) Common Myths About Head Lice & treating them with Hedrin.

Head lice are a normal part of childhood and most parents have the task of eradicating lice in their family on at least one occasion. I have on several occasions. Ugh! There is nothing worse than your children coming home from school with nits. I am itching my head just thinking about them. Eww!

My girls have had head lice plenty of times. The first time I remember well. It was the end of the school year and Becky's class had put on a fashion show. A few days later I noticed her itching. She was riddled with head lice and their eggs. I blamed the school for sharing hair brushes and hats. I was wrong though. It was unlikely the nits were passed that way.

Becky has always had thick hair and it took a good while to get rid of all the lice and their eggs. I treated us all with Hedrin and since then it has been a brand that I have used again and again with great success. It has always cleared them without any fuss and drama.

Common Myths About Head Lice

Lice can jump?
They cannot fly and they cannot jump. They move by crawling and it is why direct head to head contact is the most common way for head lice to spread from one person to another.

Head lice carry and transmit diseases?
Head lice have not been shown to spread disease. They can however cause intense itching which can create a rash from the bites. The skin can become infected from scratching, children can feel irritable and have trouble sleeping because they are itchy. 

Only dirty children get head lice?
Head lice infest children from all backgrounds and walks of life. Anyone can get head lice, no matter how clean their home or hair is or where they live, go to school, or play. All it takes is head to head contact with someone who has head lice. 

Head lice prefer long hair?
Lice do not care whether hair is short, long, clean or dirty. Lice thrive in hair! Specifically on the blood they get through the scalp!

Head lice can live in a mattress or pillowcase for weeks at a time?

Lice need to feed on blood to survive, head lice will only live 1 or 2 days away from the human host.

Your child will be checked for headlice at school?
Nit nurses no longer go into schools to check children's heads. It's your responsibility as a parent to check your child regularly!

Your child should be kept off school if they have headlice?

Headlice are pests but they're not defined as a risk to public health so there’s no reason to keep your child away from school as long as you're treating them. Do tell their teacher if they have head lice so they can be aware!

I usually have some Hedrin in the cupboard just in case. It's there with the plasters, cough medicine and things like that. I really do think Hedrin is a must have when you have children at school! 

The Hedrin Protect & Go is not something I have tried before but it sounds like a fantastic idea. It's a hassle free conditioning spray, helping to protect against head lice. It disrupts the life cycle of head lice, helping to prevent infestation. It is water based conditioner which is easy to use and can be applied to wet or dry hair after shampooing. It is advised to apply after every hair wash or at least twice a week!

Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo is a simple solution for the treatment of head lice. It kills lice in just 5 minutes, the fastest treatment time available in the UK and is twice as effective as combing alone, leaving hair fresh and clean. It can be incorporated seamlessly into bath time. The all in one shampoo is allergy certified, skin friendly and odour free! The Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo does not contain pesticides; therefore, lice cannot build up a resistance to the product, meaning it will work every time.

The Hedrin Detection Comb is the easy, effective way to spot head lice and nits. I have used similar in the past and they are brilliant and are a must have. The comb is made from tough Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. The teeth are precision engineered to trap the lice and prevent bending in use.

The Hedrin range is available from pharmacies, pharmacy counters and medicine aisles in stores.

I was sent a selection of Hedrin products free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

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