How to get rid of nits

Parents with school age kids will need to know how to get rid of nits! Nits are not discriminating, and knowing how to get rid of nits and head lice is essential! Head lice (often known as nits) are more common amongst children simply because they play together more closely. Girls in particular will often sit literally with their heads together. Head lice are wily little critters, quickly moving from head to head in the search of a good feast of blood.
Nits and head lice are extremely common and have nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene, but somehow, there is still some stigma attached to having 'nits'. If you get them, you are just unlucky. If you know how to get rid of nits, they do not need to be a problem.

You may not notice the actual head lice in your child's hair, but a closer look is well worth while if they appear to be scratching and itching a lot. A head louse can move quite quickly so the best evidence to look for are the nits. When head lice lay their eggs they attach them to individual strands of hair with a glue-like substance. This is a survival technique, ensuring that the eggs will not fall off. The eggs hatch after about a week, leaving the empty egg behind. The word nits actually describe the empty egg cases. These look like white pin-heads on the hair, close to the scalp. The term 'nit-picking' most likely comes from the painstaking process of picking individual nits out of the hair. A nit comb is a time consuming way to get rid of nits but it makes the job much easier.

Within ten days of hatching, the young lice reach adulthood and start laying eggs themselves, so rapid treatment is necessary to kill both the live lice, and destroy the eggs that are waiting to hatch. Normal brushing and shampooing will not get rid of head lice or their eggs, so other solutions are necessary. How people get rid of nits has changed over the years, and we no longer have a nit nurse visiting schools to examine children for nits. Now it is down to parents to look for signs of lice on the head and nits on hair shafts and treat children themselves.

Easy ways to get rid of nits

Nit shampoo products are now widely available, but some of these contain strong chemicals such as permethrin. These toxic chemical-based treatments were initially considered an ideal way to get rid of head lice, but the chemicals come into direct contact with a child's delicate skin, sometimes causing rashes and irritations. Parents worried that these chemicals would be particularly uncomfortable for children suffering from dry skin conditions, such as eczema. Some children have to be treated for head lice several times a year, so possible long-term effects were also a concern.

Get rid of nits with Nit-Nurse

There is now a strong move towards a more natural to get rid of nits. One such solution is a head lice shampoo called Nit Nurse. Nit Nurse contains natural oils and provides an ideal solution to get rid of nits and head lice by tackling them in two ways. Nit Nurse kills the active lice and dissolves the glue that sticks the egg to the hair. The treatment only takes 10 minutes, and hair can be combed afterwards using a nit comb to remove the nits. Nit Nurse breaks the breeding cycle of lice.

Now you know how to get rid of nits and head lice you need to be aware that they can appear at any time. Save you and your children from distress by keeping a natural non toxic nit treatment like Nit-Nurse ready and waiting.

Sarah Erskine 2009


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