Head lice negatively affects tens of millions of people worldwide. There are many myths and beliefs about head lice and lice treatment. People still think that it is as a result of poor hygiene. Many parents feel that they have neglected their child. I have heard parents (mostly moms) say “I feel like I have been a terrible mother, how could my child have so many bugs and I had no idea.” Many parents and children feel a lot of shame when they or their child has head lice. THE TRUTH IS THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT! It’s not a reflection of cleanliness and nobody did anything wrong. In fact, I believe there is little that can be done to prevent it.
If you’re unlucky enough to be in close contact with someone that has it, chances are that you too will get head lice. Unfortunately, many children and parents feel ashamed when lice is detected. Lice need hair and a scalp to stay alive, regardless of having clean hair, dirty hair or short hair, if you have hair you too can have headlice.
Commercial treatments that are approved by the FDA in my opinion and from my experience, don’t work, and they may also have undesirable side-effects people don’t know about. The only way to resolve the problem is by REMOVING EACH AND EVERY LOUSE AND NIT. Whatever option you choose, remember you need to be completely nit and bug free! That is what we do at Lice Be Gone. If you leave anything behind you can count on re -infesting.
Linda Strand, RN, owner Lice Be Gone