my fiances' daughter keeps lice. either we or her mom is constantly treating her hair. i feel like it is gonna cause some kind of longterm damage because of the chemicals in the treatment. help please?
There are good instructions/info for treatment on About.com in the Pediatric section for removing lice and any side effects along with why re infestation appears and what to do about it.
Recently I saw a news story that lice doesn't happen to just "poor people" or people that live in dirty conditions. It can happen in even the cleanest environments.
What amazed me was they said that people who wash their hair daily are more likely to get lice than people who don't. I think most of us would think the cleaner we are, the less likely it is to contract lice but it's actually the opposite. You can keep a child "too clean" or not go through all the instructions to rid not only the child but the home/rooms that the child has been in and any pillows or other material including cleaning the carpets of the room after they have lice.
If you think about it we use so many chemicals in every day life that I don't think the chemicals itself used in the shampoos are going to cause long term damage but if all measures/instructions aren't followed, the lice are never totally gone and a child can be re-infested easily because they are not just in a child's hair but everywhere and only hot water used on everything along with cleaning carpets, pillows, stuffed animals, etc with hot water and other recommendations were not followed or things were left out not thinking of it as being a source or place that the lice and their eggs are left behind.
Usually if a child keeps getting lice it's due to not getting all the "nits" or eggs out of the child's hair and even cleaning the child's room including clothing, bed sheets, beds, carpets, and even stuffed animals in hot water.
Because she has had them repeatedly I would recommend after you know everything has been cleaned/taken care of to the point she has no lice, I would say to not have her hair washed every day as lice actually can't live on dirty hair very long but that isn't a treatment but something that can be done after you know for sure there are no more sources of lice in the home.
I hope this helps,
I realize that you can't control what is going on in another person's home but I would consider in your home to use heat which will better kill these pests than sprays that you may consider more harmful in the long run.
There are some affordable steam cleaners that don't weigh much that you could use on all of the fabric areas of your own home including the beds, crib, couch, chairs, etc.
That could be something that your fiance' could borrow after you are done with it to help the other home and child.
I would want it back to ensure that your home stays free of this and wash anything that can be in put in the washer in hot water.
I hope this also helps
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