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With 6 kids in our house, we live in fear of the dreaded lice notice coming home from school. Before your kids head back to school, you need to know how to handle the lice notice from school so you are prepared to both treat and prevent lice.
I will always remember teaching in an after school program the summer after I graduated high school. Halfway through the summer, one of the teachers discovered that one of the children had lice. What followed was the most cringe-worthy summer of lice outbreaks and reinfestations. Every time we thought we were in the clear, we’d discover another child with lice.
That summer, I learned more about lice than I ever wanted to know.
As a parent, I think back to that summer every single time one of my kids brings home a lice notice from their school. Even if you set aside the cringe-factor, no one has time to deal with head lice, especially during the school year when families are already so busy.
Now there are terms like “super lice” being thrown around and it is enough to make any parent panic. Fortunately, there are some effective and non-toxic treatment options out there that you need to know about before your kids head back to school.
This school year, I’m using Vamousse to defend against lice and treat it if we can’t avoid an infestation (but fingers crossed on that one). Vamousse can defend against even pesticide resistant lice because they use a different method of killing lice and their eggs. The active ingredient in Vamousse Lice Treatment, natrum muriaticum, kills lice by dehydrating them and doesn’t use a pesticide. This kills on contact and ends an infestation quickly so you can get back to your life.
I love that the full Vamousse line is non-toxic and safe so we can treat or prevent lice without worrying about what we are using on our kids.
How do Lice Infestations Happen
Every year that my kids have been in school there has been at least one lice infestation. Lice spreads easily and quickly. Your child can be spreading it to other kids before you are even aware that he is infested. It can take 4-6 weeks for itching to start. During that time, kids can unknowingly share lice with anyone that they’ve had head-to-head contact with.
Lice reproduce quickly. Just one fertilized female can result in 10 adults and 50 immature lice in just a matter of weeks.
What to do when the lice notice comes home
We’ve started being proactive as soon as the notice comes home from the school saying there has been a case of lice. The first thing I do with my long-haired daughter is start sending her to school with her hair pulled up in a bun. Lice spreads by contact so if her hair is tied up, it is a bit harder for lice to find their way to her hair.
The second thing we’ll be doing this year is using Vamousse Lice Defense Daily Shampoo as soon as we hear that lice is going around the school. This shampoo can be used during school outbreaks or while a sibling is being treated for lice to help prevent the spread of lice.
We also regularly do scalp checks. We do this all year long, but during lice outbreaks at school we check daily. It’s much easier to eliminate lice if you catch an infestation early.
Prevention is always the first option and WAY easier to deal with than treating a lice outbreak. This shampoo actually smells amazing and is homeopathic, so there’s no worry about using it daily during a lice outbreak.
Before sending kids off to school during a lice outbreak, I’m taking things one step further and spraying their hair with Vamousse Lice Repellent and Nit Defense. This is made using essential oils and smells fantastic too, so there’s no chemical spray that kids have to worry about at school.
I know that I’ll feel so much better knowing that I’ve done what I can to protect them from lice while they are at school, because no one has time for that.
What to do if your child gets lice
Sometimes lice can’t be avoided. With 6 kids, I live in fear of that day, which is why I do so much to prevent it. Chances are, your kids are going to get lice at some point during their school years. Lice affects more than 12 million children every year between the ages of 3-11. The only thing more common than lice is the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So what do you do if your child gets lice?
We’ve looked into all kinds of options over the years. From now on, we’ll be going with Vamousse Single Application Lice Treatment. This non-toxic option kills by dehydration and is so effective that you only need one treatment.
Lice doesn’t just live on hair though. You need to treat anything in your home with fibers, such as carpet, stuffed animals, and clothes. For that, Vamousse makes a lice elimination powder that lets you easily and safely treat lice on household items.
I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that we won’t have to deal with lice this school year, but with 6 kids, I know our chances are slim. I’m glad that we are prepared though and that Vamousse offers a safe option that I feel good about using around my kids.
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