Lice… they are headed your way!!! Are you ready?

liceLast year I wrote a blog post about our first experience with lice in our house. This is serving as an update to that blog- you can  go here to read the first one…

Since that entry we experienced lice in a whole new level! I felt so smug because I thought we had conquered it with that first round. Then my younger daughter got it, THEN they came to me!(Then they came back again, TWICE!) When I found one on my head is when I drew the line and said I will do whatever it takes to get rid of these things. But what is one crunchy mama to do? I knew I wanted to stay away from the toxic stuff, and I wanted them gone. If you haven’t heard about the toxic chemicals and the trouble with them, here is the 411 on that. A chemical called permethrin is an insecticide and what is commonly used to eradicate lice. You have your average pediatrician and pharmacist saying these chemicals are NOT toxic, but  upon further research I chose to see it from a different perspective. Some sources say it is extremely toxic to dogs and cats, and less so to human. I find that hard to believe that animals can have a hard time with it, but we humans don’t.  The EPA is calling it a possible carcinogen. It really is just very confusing to know what is ok to use and not to use.

But then the inevitable happened. Everyone started using permethrin and all the lice got smart and grew resistant to that treatment. There was a study done recently by Kyong Yoon, PhD from  Southern Illinois University. What he discovered is that the lice are mutating to the chemical and the chemical treatment is no longer effective.“We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.,” says Kyong Yoon, Ph.D. “What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.” Look at this map, the red ones are the ones with the mutating lice… is your state on the map where the resistant lice are? Mine is! Dr. Yoon’s suggestion is to rotate what is used to keep the mutation to a minimum. Sounds a little like the resistant antibiotic problem happening amongst us. This honestly made it easier to not want to use the toxic chemical stuff.

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Thankfully we found the natural alternative without the worry of the toxic ingredieints!!! And you are going to want to know about this to either have on hand or know where to go when these little sneaks come your way. I have a friend who has three kids and they all made it out of elementary school unscathed without lice and now her 7th grade middle schooler (how awful would that be) got it for the first time, so be on the look out!

  • Enter Fairy Tales Hair Care. This is a GAME CHANGER!!! Once we found this, they weren’t so hard to treat and I finally was able to keep them at bay.. (knock on wood:) The Lice Good-Bye mousse is nontoxic, easy to use AND it gets rid of the eggs like the toxic stuff can’t! The enzyme formulation allows the eggs to slip off the hair shaft by loosening the “glue” that the nits have  allowing you to  comb them out. It doesn’t kill the live bugs, but sure does make it easy to comb them out. There is still the tedious comb through process and sectioning the hair out. Honestly we limit TV time, but it was my friend last year during all the comb through as the girls got to watch an episode of Saddle club while I combed their hair. (if you have a tween daughter, Saddle Club ‘s old DVDs  might be worth the small investment:!) What was once a dreaded lice comb through became “sure mom, we can do another one if we can watch an episode of Saddle Club”
  • The comb they sell called the Terminator Nit Free comb is a must. Even if you don’t have lice, you might want to get their comb to use as a preventative or something you can use to check to see if your child has lice. This is the mac daddy of combs.Your best bet is to go with the Lice Good bye Survival Kit. where the comb and mousse come together.
  • While the lice continued to be a problem in our school, we would do weekly or at least twice a month comb through to check for any and treat preventatively.

Thankfully, we have avoided the infestation this year, but I reach to scratch my head as I type that! At least I know how to be prepared and it doesn’t seem so overwhelming now that I know about Fairy Tales Hair Care Products! We did combine our homeopathic psorinum in the mix, so together I think that did the trick!

Here is a great check list from Fairy Tales Hair Care to be prepared for THE REMOVAL of lice in your child’s hair and home.

And here are some tips from Fairy Tales about what to do once you are lice free:

Re-checking your child regularly and using prevention products daily are the most important things you can do

  • Check the “hot spots” nightly with the Fairy Tales Terminator Comb using Lice Good-Bye to spot check. Repeat for 7-10 days after an infestation. You can check every 2-3 days for lighter cases.
  • Rosemary Repel® products are proven to help prevent head lice. You can use them as your daily shampoo, conditioner and styling aid. Our ingredients cleanse, soften, detangle AND the natural oils of rosemary, citronella, tea tree, lavender and peppermint are proven safe, gentle and effective to help keep the bugs away.
  • Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray is the must-have to use EACH morning before school, preschool or day camp. Spray the entire head generously, as well as shoulders, neck, backpacks and insides of collars, hats, hoodies and hoods.
  • Keep long hair up in a ponytail or braid. Using Rosemary Repel® Hair Spray will coat the hair to secure the style and make it difficult for lice to attach. For shorter hair, try Rosemary Repel® Styling Gel. Great to spike it up, slick it back and help keep the bugs away.

Please be sure to share any comments below if you have found something that worked for your family to combat lice!

Source articles and links:

Toxipedia

Pyrethoids: Not as Safe as You Think

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