Only empty egg shells left on hair. Eggs stuck fast to hair 7 – 10 days to 3 nymphal stages Lice are not inclined to move off the head where they hatch until nearly full grown. It takes 7 days minimum to become fully grown. Full grown louse MATING Female lays eggs 7c 1
Chemical head lice treatments are available “over the counter” at pharmacies. (Ask your pharmacist for them). Costs range from about $7.00 to $11.00 per treatment depending on the pharmacy and brand of treatment purchased. A metal nit comb is purchased separately (see section on ‘Combs’ below). Some school Parent Advisory Committees sponsor parents who can’t afford the treatment. Enquire at your school to see if this is available. Families on income assistance can obtain head lice treatment products through the Ministry of Human Resources. The family must obtain a prescription from a family physician which can then be presented to the financial aid worker for reimbursement. If you can’t afford treatments, try option B. Families with a treaty card can obtain head lice treatment products by obtaining a prescription from a family physician. Present the prescription to the pharmacist and the treatment will be covered for you. Some general things to keep in mind with combs are: regular combs will not remove head lice and nits (lice eggs) there are two types of special head lice combs: a head lice comb has more space between the teeth and will remove lice but not nits, which are much smaller than lice. A nit comb’s teeth have less space between the teeth and will remove both lice and nits plastic combs are not useful because they are so flexible that the teeth separate, break off and head lice and nits are bypassed as the comb is dragged through the hair A metal NIT comb is recommended – The best nit combs have closely spaced metal teeth (about .15mm between teeth) that are about 1” to 1 ½” long. With a short-toothed comb, it is difficult to completely comb through most types of hair. The metal toothed comb is more durable; the teeth won’t spread, bend or break. The best metal combs have one side of the teeth beveled (on an angle). This allows you to place the teeth of the comb closer to the scalp each time you start to comb through the hair. WHERE YOU CAN GET CHEMICAL TREATMENTS FOR OPTION A A WORD ON COMBS 8 1
While there is no research to support the effectiveness of these approaches, some parents say they work. Suffocating Remedies These remedies involve applying mayonnaise, Vaseline or olive oil to the hair, covering the hair with a shower cap, leaving it on overnight (or 8 hours) and combing the lice out the next morning. Once the mayonnaise, Vaseline or olive oil are washed out with shampoo, the nits must be removed. Parents should be aware that it can take up to 10 days to remove all the Vaseline from the hair.
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