19 Jan Why Lice Shampoo Doesn’t Work
The school calls and tells you that your child has lice. They want you to
pick her up immediately. You feel like hiding your face in a paper bag as
you walk into the office to get her. All you want to do is get her home and
wash the lice right out of her hair. You stop at the local drug store to grab
lice shampoo and head straight home to scrub the nits and lice out of her
head. Unfortunately, this is the worst thing you can do. The lice shampoo
will probably not solve the problem. In fact, it may cause even more
problems for your child.
Lice are Resistant
Throughout the years, lice have become resistant to the standard
pesticides found in lice shampoo. This is just like the bacteria that have
become resistant to standard antibiotics. Doctors are always looking for
different ways to kill the germs in order to keep kids healthy. When you use
a lice shampoo, you do not effectively remove the lice. Instead, you just
apply toxins to your child’s scalp, which can leak into their bloodstream and
organs. All of this damage occurs for no reason because it does not get rid
of the lice.
Shampoo Just Moves the Lice Around
Shampooing lice out of your hair really just moves them around. If you use
an insecticide shampoo, you might kill a few eggs or lice, but not all of
them. The only effective way to remove the lice is with careful combing.
You have to go through one area of the hair at a time, carefully combing
each nit and bug out. Each time you see a nit or live lice, you need to rinse
it off in a bowl and make sure the comb is free of them. This process may
need to be repeated several times. If you rely solely on the shampoo, you
will never catch all of the lice, which means your child will never be free of
Lice Shampoo Doesn’t Clean Other Objects
You can use all of the lice shampoo in the world, but if you don’t clean your
child’s pillows, bed sheets, stuffed animals, and anything else that touched
his head, the lice will keep spreading. Generally, lice can live for around 12-
24 hours without human blood. If your child laid on a pillow, some of the
lice may have been left behind and they may still be there when he lies
down again. You should never assume the shampoo and combing alone
eliminated the lice from your child’s head, because if you did not treat other
items his head has come in contact with while infested, he will easily
become re-infested with the affected pillow and other items.
In most cases, lice shampoo does not work and in fact, puts your child’s
health at risk. Rather than taking a chance, consider the all-natural
treatments available at many lice removal salons. When you use the
natural treatment with a professional, you get the peace of mind in knowing
that there are no more lice and that no one else in your house will suffer.
Don’t feel guilty if you did try lice shampoo and it didn’t work. Just make
sure you get proper treatment as soon as possible.