How to Get Rid of your Child’s Head Lice – A Mom’s Testimony
“Kuto”? No way! That was this mom’s initial reaction when her kids’ former yaya told her that her children had head lice. But upon inspecting their heads herself, she found out that it was true! Their heads were infested with the pesky bugs! Here she shares with Smart Parenting how their family dealt with the lice “invasion.”
Head lice is apparently a common problem among kids, but I was one of those moms who thought that my kids would never have them as I thought it only happened to people who had poor hygiene. I was humbled and corrected when my own children’s scalps were infested by lice just a few weeks ago.
“The bane of many parents, the head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on extremely small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Although they may sound gross, lice (the plural of louse) are a very common problem, especially for kids ages 3 years to 12 years (girls more often than boys).
Lice aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease, but they are contagious and can just be downright annoying. Their bites may cause a child's scalp to become itchy and inflamed, and persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.”
Needless to say, I immediately took action when I saw those tiny crawling critters on the kids’ scalps (at first I thought that they kept scratching their heads because of dandruff). This is what I did:
• After my initial shock and disbelief, I started researching on the internet for possible cures for head lice in children, especially small kids (our youngest is only 22 months old). I wanted to use natural methods of treatment as much as possible.
• After reading other Filipino parents’ tips on Smart Parenting’s Parent Forums section, I decided to use Oilganics all natural head lice treatment versus Kwell shampoo, which eliminates head lice and their eggs (nits) after only one treatment but is likened to a “pesticide” of sorts. I also tried No Lice shampoo and conditioner, which we had already previously bought at the Drugstore when I was in panic mode after discovering the kids’ lice. (I should have done my research first!) It helped too that I found out that Kuya Kim had previously done a feature on the Oilganics head lice shampoo last year on ABS-CBN’s show Matanglawin.