Head lice

Updated 19 July 2016

When lice just keep coming back!

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So you have spent all of your energy clearing out the lice in your child’s hair and just when you think that you are ready to crown yourself the world’s best Supermom – you spot another one crawling between your little one’s curls! 

Don’t panic – it might not be time for that haircut yet!

Before you start panicking, remember that it happens to many mothers and children so you are not alone. Head lice are highly contagious and if you don’t take the right measures to repel them, they will most likely return. So, why do head lice keep coming back?

There are a number of reasons for this which can be explained as follows: 

Lice lay their eggs (also known as nits) at the root of the hair. Adult lice can lay anywhere between 6 to 7 eggs per day, which take 7 to 10 days to hatch. If they stay on the hair untreated, the head lice can live for up to 32 days.  Because head lice are so small, they often go on undetected in the hair until they have multiplied or live nits are missed during the lice removal process.

This makes it seem like the lice keep on coming back when in actual fact, some of the lice probably never left - they just grew bigger and multiplied.  

Remember there is no shortcut to getting rid of head lice – you have to be thorough every single time. The process you follow to remove the head lice plays a vital role in determining if the lice will come back.

Head lice removal process*

Another reason why head lice reappear is because they spread quickly through head-to-head contact, thus increasing the chance of a re-infestation in children. This means that if you follow the lice removal process but do not use a repellent thereafter, your child is very likely to be re-infested through contact with another child with head lice.

See more tips on how to keep head lice free.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. There are ways to avoid the frustration of constantly having to treat head lice. One of these ways is to use a lice repellent as part of your treatment routine. Once you have cleaned the hair, apply a repellent solution on the hair to deter head lice and keep the crawlers from coming back. 

Arm yourself with the right tools and weapons to keep the head lice from returning – this way you send head lice packing for good!

Controlice® is a range of products specifically designed to combat and repel head lice infestations.* The range of products contain active ingredients including plant oils as well as a dimethicone variant. Controlice® Oil Spray and Controlice® Head Rinse can be used to eliminate head lice already infesting the hair, whereas Controlice® Defence consists of a shampoo and spray which can be used to repel head lice and avoid re-infestation of head lice.* The Controlice® Triple Comb and Lice Buster are fine toothed combs ideal for picking out nits and combing out dead lice in the hair.* 

* For full instructions and more information refer to the package inserts. The active ingredients can assist to eliminate or repel head lice. Efficacy of support may vary between users.

For more information on head lice treatments contact Nativa (Pty) Ltd on 012 664 7110 or health@nativa.co.za or visit Nativa.    

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