“Amma, my head is itchy! I can’t do my homework anymore!” told Kavi to her mother, scratching her head with both of her hands.
Head lice – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_louse are a common problem among many school children in Sri Lanka. Did it ever strike you that if not treated properly, head lice can interfere with your child’s studies and other day to day activities?
What Are Lice?
Lice are a kind of small parasites that live on human scalp. They take three forms in their life cycle, namely the nit (egg), the nymph (baby louse) and the adult louse.
How It Is Spread?
Lice are spread easily from person to person by a number of ways.
- By direct contact with the hair of an already infected person
- By contact with clothing and/or other personal items (hats, caps, towels, combs and hair brushes used by an infected person)
- By lying on a bed, pillow or a couch that has been used by an infected person
Who Are At Risk?
School children in Sri Lanka are at a risk of acquiring head lice. This is a commonly found problem among children aged five to twelve because they frequently come into head to head contact with their class-mates during play and other school activities. Girls get head lice more often than boys and the elimination of them are also easier with boys because of their short hair. The busy life styles of parents make it even easier for the head lice to populate on the scalp! Parents diagnose that their child has head lice only after the child complains of a continuously itchy head.
Home Remedies & Aftercare
- Even though your child doesn’t have lice, it is advisable you do a lice-check at least once in every week for quick diagnosis
- Comb your child’s hair with a lice comb every morning and evening.
- Pick the nits by hand looking closely through your child’s hair and scalp
- If your child has many lice, combing and hand picking may not be successful. In such a situation, there are number of home remedies in Sri Lanka. These include vinegar, neem oil, olive oil, tea tree oil and clove oil.
- Continue the treatments until the last louse because they can grow in numbers within a short period
- Always make sure your child baths regularly.
- Train your children to use clothing and other personal items separately and teach them about the importance of personal hygiene
Make sure your child is not allergic to the home remedies in Sri Lanka. Before you start the treatment, apply a small amount on the back of your child’s ear and wait for fifteen minutes. If your child doesn’t have any allergic reaction, you can safely go ahead with your home remedy.
Do you just wait until a small insect disturbs your child’s active life? So, start your mission today for a lice-free head. It will be a great relief to him or her and the rest of family members.
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