I remember late 2015 with horror due to an unstoppable head lice epidemic in our local primary school. It felt like the worst 6 weeks of my life and that is coming from someone whose epidural stopped working for 1 minute 45 seconds during a Caesarean delivery of twins. So as you can imagine, it was really bad.
My daughter Larissa was in year two and she came home scratching one day and informed me that she was itchy. I was actually not sure what to do as I had been lucky enough to avoid head lice thus far but thankfully my mum was there. She had a quick look and immediately removed some lice with her fingers – to my shock we could see them crawling on a tissue. I was horrified and automatically felt appalling, questioning the cleanliness and hygiene of the house and my daughter.
I am inclined to go for natural therapies first, so I went to the supermarket and got my first ever Head Lice treatment shampoo. Two hours later, Rissie was in tears, her head had been scrubbed and I had sat there for over an hour combing her hair with a nit comb and searching for eggs to pull off the hair strands with my fingers. I was also onto my third load of washing as all bed linen and bath-towels were being washed. We were both exhausted.
Three days later she came home again scratching her head but telling me over and over again she was not itchy. (She was trying to avoid what she knew was coming next) She had lice again. This time I tried a stronger treatment and I actually cringed as I put it on her. Over the next 2 weeks we did this three more times. The third and fourth weeks we tried ‘alternative’ treatments that included rinsing her hair in Listerine and then Selsun Blue. One night I even put her to bed after spraying her head with aeroguard and covering her head with a shower cap. Absolutely nothing seemed to work and they kept on coming back. I felt like I googled and found every single head lice treatment on the planet but none of them seemed to be preventing them returning.
In the 5th week I rang my hair dresser and in tears asked her if she could shave off Rissie’s hair. She told me that she had heard on the grapevine that it was one of the worst infestations that the school had experienced and that unfortunately a few kids were just not being treated so that the problem was not going to go away. She recommended that I use the heavy duty chemical stuff one more time and then she mentioned that she had heard of some hair bands that were being used to prevent lice.
After dousing Rissie one more time in chemicals that made my eyes water and cringing at the sight of her tender little scalp, I jumped on the internet and found Po-Lice Hair bands. By this stage I was doing a lot of crying, and I wept with relief at the thought of something that would prevent lice. The treatment is time consuming, painful for both mum and the kids, expensive and filled with awful chemicals so was willing to try anything if it actually worked on preventing head lice. We had tried some sprays but I hated the smell, Rissie hated the stickiness and the Lice did not seem to mind them as they kept on jumping on board my daughter’s head.
I finally got on top of the lice at the same time that the hair bands arrived. She wears them to school every day now and as of March, 2016 she has never had another case of lice. I would find it hard to go through something like that again so as a result she is never without her hair bands. The beauty of the Hair Bands is that they prevent head lice, and in my view, something that prevents the little blighters is a thousand times better than any of the treatments available.
The worst 6 weeks of my life – never again I say! So glad that we have found the Po-Lice Hair bands – they are here to stay.
Treating Head Lice & Preventing them from occurring again.
Head Lice is a common and frustrating experience for both children and their parents. Below we explain the best method to use our Po-Lice hair ties to prevent your child from getting head lice in the future.
1. If your child does not have head lice currently and you are wishing to protect them from getting them in the future. Simply attach the Po-Lice hair tie to your child’s hair best suited in a pony tail where the band is up as high as possible. See images below.
2. If your child currently has head lice please follow the below instructions to first rid their hair of the head lice, then follow with the Po-Lice hair ties to prevent them getting head lice in the future.
Insecticide treatments for head lice treatment
Insecticidal treatments have to be registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), this means they have been evaluated as both an effective and safe treatment method. To ensure that the shampoo/lotion treatment is registered with the TGA, check for the AUST-R number on the label.
Lotion versus shampoo for head lice treatment
Studies for products in the lotion form seem to be more effective than their equivalent shampoo treatments.
Why isn’t the head lice treatment working?
- You have not used enough of the treatment to cover the entire scalp and hair.
- You have not followed up with the essential repeat treatment after 7 to 10 days (to kill nits and their eggs, which often survive the first application).
- You’re getting reinfested due to head-to-head contact with another person (this is where Po-Lice hair ties are most effective in preventing this from occurring to your child.).
Follow with the lice comb to remove the Head Lice and eggs.
Here’s how to do it:
- Apply Conditioner, thick white is best to dry, brushed (detangled) hair and comb through with a normal comb. The conditioner will stun the head lice for up to 20 minutes and makes it difficult for them to grip the hair or crawl around and thus making it easier to pick them up in the comb.
- Systematically comb sections of the hair from the roots to the ends with a head lice comb, make sure to cover all the areas of the scalp and hair.
- Make sure you regularly wipe the comb clean onto a tissue to check for lice and eggs.
- Comb every part of your child’s head several times, this makes sure to get any lice or eggs that could have been missed.
- If you find live lice or nits, you need to treat your child’s hair. You can recognise live eggs because they’ll pop when you squeeze them.
- Repeat this whole process including the insecticide two to three times over two to three weeks.
Final Stage: Head lice prevention for the future.
This is where the Po-Lice hair ties come into effect, its time to protect your child for the future from head lice and the pain that comes along with them, both for the child and parents.
Between the initial treatments with the insecticide and the comb, attach the Po-Lice hair tie as advised to dry hair, this prevents any additional hair lice infestation from other children while your are running your head lice treatment.
After the initial treatments are complete you now only need to wear the Po-Lice Hair Ties to protect your children from Head Lice. NO MORE SHAMPOOS & COMBS!