The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 are inflicted with lice everysingle year. Lice are tiny little bugs that take up residence in hair,embedding their eggs into scalps, causing extreme itchiness. And recent research has revealed that many lice are now resistant to the medical shampoos that “kill” them. What is one to do? First of all, I would never recommend using traditional lice shampoo. Here are the two most common toxins you will find in traditional lice treatment shampoos:
- Pyretoids are the type of synthetic pesticides that the lice are becoming resistant to; these toxins can cause pneumonia and muscle paralysis and can also harm the thyroid and immune system.
- Lindane is one of the most common ingredients; it is a pesticide known to cause cancer and harm the nervous, reproductive, and hormonal systems.
Choose natural instead; why expose your children to harmful toxins, especially when they could likely be ineffective in ridding the lice and lice eggs? Neem is an amazing alternative. We carry Organix South’s Kid’s TheraNeem shampoo and conditioner. I recommend that you wash the hair vigorously for a few minutes, rinse, and then apply the conditioner and leave it on for 10 minutes. With the conditioner still applied, comb through the hair with a lice comb (we carry them here) discarding any lice and lice eggs you find and then finally, rinse the hair. Hopefully, the lice will be gone for good.