When most people think of treating head lice, they know nothing more than the techniques used on them when they were children. They recall not so pleasant sessions of chemical ridden shampoos and hours spent combing through long strands of hair. For the unlucky ones, they still squirm at the sound of an electric razor as they remember long locks of hair chopped off in hopes of ridding their head of those pesky lice!
Fortunately for kids facing lice today, there are more kid-friendly options than perhaps we had as children. If you are facing head lice and asking yourself “Which head lice treatments are actually kid friendly?”, then keep reading!
Over the counter lice treatment options
At one time, OTC lice treatment options were the only ones available to families suffering from head lice. Unfortunately, the overuse of such products has developed what researchers call super lice – bugs that have become resistant to the chemicals contained in these products. In spite of this, the market for OTC lice treatment shampoos is booming and, while you may see some alleviation of symptoms, most likely these treatments will take a long time to completely rid your child’s head of lice. Families often face many months of lice removal before they can officially declare their child lice free.
Home remedies or “natural” lice remedies
From smothering one’s head in mayonnaise to slathering petroleum jelly all over the scalp, the internet does not disappoint for natural lice remedies. While some people do find success using such methods, most find themselves with nothing to prove but a sticky and oily head of hair! It’s important to remember that lice eggs don’t breathe, so any attempt to suffocate can ultimately prove fruitless.
The good news is most of these remedies are easy on the pocketbook – the bad news is that even a small expenditure that doesn’t work is still a waste of money.
Never ending nit-picking
Perhaps more than any other remedy, most of us have painful childhood memories of our parents slowly picking away at our hair with a fine tooth comb for hours on end. Even the most patient of adults may find it hard to sit still for hours on end – let alone a small child. This slow, painful process is successful at removing some lice and their eggs – however, even the most dedicated nit picker is still fallible! The moment you finish this process, it must start again, leaving children and parents frustrated at the hours (and tears) poured out in the lice removal process.
The AirAllé® Lice Treatment
Fortunately for kids and parents today, there is a more kid-friendly approach to lice removal. The AirAllé® lice treatment is an FDA cleared medical device proven to kill live lice and 99.2% of lice eggs in just a 60-minute session. During treatment, our trained and certified technicians work through a 3-step process to kill and dehydrate the lice and their eggs. It’s a painless process that doesn’t involve pulling on your child’s hair, applying harsh chemicals or hours of nit-picking.
First, we conduct a heated air treatment to kill and dehydrate lice and their eggs. The next step involves a trained technician combing out the lice and their eggs. During this process, we apply a special mousse to your child’s hair to ensure a painless experience, regardless of your child’s hair length. Finally, we apply a topical rinse as a precautionary measure. If there are any remaining lice in your child’s hair, the rinse will wipe them out once and for all!
If you or someone you know has just been given the dreaded lice diagnosis, don’t waste your time on other treatments! Call the Lice Clinics of America and make an appointment to take care of the problem once and for all!