The summer holidays are upon us and, come September, many of us will have children going into preschool or ‘big’ school. There are many considerations when we drop our little ones off, namely ensuring they have the necessary equipment, that they’ve done a wee and have spare clothing – just in case – and that they are more excited than terrified. But there’s another issue we have to think about which may not be at the top of every parents agenda, but you’ll wish it was if you don’t prepare and fall foul: nits; specifically how to prevent head lice.
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When Pixie was little and right up until about eighteen months old, she was a little baldy, bless her heart. To such an extent that for a long time even putting her in a dress wasn’t enough to stop well-meaning strangers from comment on my lovely little boy (granted that particular dress was blue). It used to really upset me but what I had no idea about at that point was how my daughter was about to undergo a transformation akin to The Ugly Duckling:
At around two years of age and almost overnight, Pixie cute little wisps of blonde began appearing where previously had been the most modest of tufts; within another year she had beautiful natural curls of blonde shot through with white.
At nearly four, she now has the most naturally stunning ringlets, and her dad and I have hair envy.
One of the most rewarding (but also really, really frustrating) parts of being mum to a daughter with gorgeous long locks, is styling it for her. I love being creative with her hair – except when she wants a ponytail that sticks straight up, or tresses like a unicorn, ie. a mane. This type of impossible request occurs more often than you may think, and is inevitably followed with a meltdown when my attempts prove fallible and futile.
Of course, with long hair come the prerequisite chores of care and maintenance, such as washing without fits of tears – and the prevention of head lice. The latter is something I was afflicted with on a semi-regular basis as a child – and I’m old enough to recall the horrendous treatment available at that time…
It reeked; it gave off awful fumes that hurt if they got in your eyes; and it was time-consuming. Essentially, it was just a horrible, nasty product and I hated having to use it. Which is why I have a couple of rules for Pixie…
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- On preschool days her hair must be tied back.
I’ve explained why and thankfully she’s happy enough to oblige, her one caveat being that when she requests a specific ‘do, I accept the mission-impossible – and deliver. I can sometimes wing it; often not.
- She must avoid head to head contact with other children.
It just makes sense, just in case. I’ve no idea whether she actually carries this one through but suffice to say in a year of preschool we’ve yet to have a case of nits. Although whilst writing this post I have been scratching my head a lot…
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With all of the above in mind, when Hedrin got in touch to tell me about their new treatment, I was curious. Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo is a fuss-free way to deal with lice as part of your child’s normal bath routine. It’s a simple solution which kills the parasite in just ten minutes and is twice as effective as combing alone.
I particularly like the sound of the shampoo since it leaves hair clean and fresh – with no nasty odour! Bonus.
With two girls who are very anti hair washes (like 98% of small children), having a product in the cupboard that’s fast and effective, and can simply replace their regular shampoo as required, is very appealing. Discovering that it’s also skin friendly and doesn’t contain pesticides (meaning lice cannot build up a resistance to the formula) has me sold.
Naturally I’ll continue to tie Pixie’s hair back (and Elfin’s when she sprouts more than some cursory fluff) in the hope of preventing head lice from occurring in the first place. But it’s good to know we have a very acceptable fallback should one become necessary.
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