The head lice headache
As a parent, one of our biggest headaches is head lice. Term started up again last week and already our daughter brought them home! We check her hair regularly and recently we all treated ourselves as a precautionary measure. There are hundreds of treatments available and we’ve spent hundreds of pounds on treatments last year alone. They’re a real bug of mine.
When notifying the school….again, they referred me to the Save Money: Good Health programme on ITV last night and it was a revelation! A lab on the show tested some of the most popular treatments so I’m sharing the results.
Head lice products put to the test:
Hedrin Once Spray Gel – A silicone based spray which suffocates the lice by coating them in silicone.
Hedrin Once Spray Gel eliminates head lice and their eggs in adults and children aged 6 months and over.
It works by physically smothering the lice and also contains Penetrol which helps the product to penetrate louse eggs in order to kill them. The gel can safely be used as often as required without lice developing resistance.
Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion – A 100% natural product.
Puressentiel Anti-Lice eliminates lice, larvae and nits in complete safety. Its 100% natural formula, that is free from neurotoxic insecticides.
Lyclear – An insecticide.
Lyclear Sensitive lotion is the first gentle to hair and skin head lice treatment to kill head lice & eggs in 1 application only..Its double action formula with Oxyphthirine® kills head lice and makes them inactive in all stages of their life.
ITV’s lab results:
Hedrin Once Spray Gel – Killed all the lice in the experiment.
Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion – Mixed results, some lice were killed others were fine.
Lyclear – No lice were killed – head lice are becoming tolerant to this type of treatment as it leaves a residue on the hair.
The experts advised parents to use a silicone based spray or lotion that coats the lice and suffocates them. They are effective 99% of the time. This is also a long term option, as head lice cannot become tolerant to being starved of air! Look for the ingredient Dimeticone which will be labelled on the packaging.
From now on I won’t be “wasting” my money on the insecticides and natural products. I just hope that others follow suit and we can prevent our daughter from catching them in future.
Let us know your experiences with head lice and any tips you have for dealing with the blighters.
Here’s the link to the programme for your reference. It’s only available for another 30 days.
Kate Holroyd – 18th January 2017