It’s lice season again folks. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there are already reports from schools about lice infestations. And it’s not just elementary schools – I’ve heard of several high schools that are warning students about those crowded group selfie pictures because lice have been popping up at high schools and middle schools in addition to elementary schools. Today, I’m partnering with our sponsor WelComb® to talk about all natural lice treatment options.
My introduction to lice came my first day of teaching. I landed a fifth-grade teaching position just days before school started and was completely overwhelmed that first week. One of my students was a sweet girl, Nichole, who was also new to the school and seemed equally overwhelmed. She came up and gave me multiple hugs during the day and I didn’t mind a bit since we both seemed to need them. On the afternoon of the third day of school, the school nurse appeared in the door with a helper and both of them were wearing these cute aprons that said “check your head”. They announced that they were going to be going around the classroom doing lice checks and we should all just keep going with our lessons as we had been. Nichole murmured “Oh-oh!” and began looking concerned. When I asked her what she was upset about, she shared that she had to go home from her old school multiple times because of lice.
I immediately thought about all of those hugs and began to itch. The itching became exponentially worse when the nurse came and whispered that she was removing Nichole after having found lice on her. My next break, I booked it up to the nurse’s office and had her check my head too. I was clear, but the itching (which was clearly psychological) lasted for the rest of the week.
The school insisted that anyone who was sent home for lice check back in with the nurse before returning to class. Thus began a tough cycle for Nichole. She would check in on Monday morning, be found to have lice, be sent home where her mom would get her lice-free by Wednesday when she would return to class. Then she would go to her dad’s for the weekend and get reinfested and the cycle would start again on Monday morning.
Understandably, some of the other parents were concerned about their own children contracting lice. What I heard over and over again was that these parents did not want to have to use pesticides on their kids to get rid of lice. While lice treatment had come a long way from my grandmother’s day (when she claimed her mother would wash their hair with kerosine to kill the lice – please don’t try that – it’s dangerous on SO many levels!!) I didn’t know what to tell the parents to calm their concerns.
I wish I had been able to offer them an all natural lice treatment like WelComb. WelComb knows that there aren’t any treatments – natural OR chemical – that will kill nits. They have to be physically removed, and the best way to do that is with a comb. But only the right comb is going to be effective. Nits are the eggs lice lay and they are only .3mm wide. Most combs will let them slip right through but the WelComb has rigid teeth set close together and a beveled edge that can reach all the way down to the scalp and grab any lice and nits.
Wet combing is a very effective, all natural way to remove lice and nits. Lice freeze in place when wet, making them easier to remove. Adding conditioner helps by lubricating the hair and making it easier for the comb to slide through. You can find the Dollar General Lice and Nit Removal Kit at your local Dollar General and it includes: one WelComb, one conditioner, and one detangler comb. It is recommended to wet the hair, apply the clear conditioner using the detangler comb to distribute it and then use the WelComb to remove nits and lice. While this method takes time and patience, it is a very effective and all natural lice treatment plan.
Learn more about WelComb at www.welcomb.com where they have instructional videos in English and Spanish. You can find the Dollar General Lice & Nit Removal Kit at your local Dollar General.