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Pediculosis in children: an endless story

Pediculosis in children: an endless story

Whatever you may say, pediculosis in children, or, more simply, “lice” is a parasitic disease that brings not only physical discomfort, but also certain “moral sufferings”. In our society, there is a widespread opinion about pediculosis as a disease of unscrupulous people, the homeless and other “scum”. It is believed that in a decent family a child cannot get sick with anything like this.

And if lice are found, this fact should be hidden from all friends and neighbors. Otherwise – what a shame …

Such silence ends with the head lice moving from one child’s head to another with complete impunity. Finding out the source of infection with head lice is not possible, because even good neighbors will not tell you that their children (friends of your child) have returned from a louse summer vacation.

At best, you will receive this valuable information after it becomes your reality. Then, as more experienced neighbors, they will begin to give valuable advice than to treat head lice.

“Your girl has lice,” the class teacher told me on the second day of attending school, taking me aside. After that, I had a note in my hands from the school nurse, in whom the diagnosis of pediculosis and the ban on attending classes without a reference from a polyclinic were registered. “God, where are they from ?!” I could only say then. I was very ashamed …

And in vain. Later I found out that pediculosis is not as rare in children as it is customary to think about it.

Every autumn with the beginning of the school year, lice are found, on average, 15-20 children per thousand primary schoolchildren, and this is only what is officially registered by polyclinics. After all, many parents carefully conceal the fact of infection from others because of shame: they don’t even turn to a pediatrician, but they treat the pediculosis at home with all sorts of folk remedies.

In the fall of the school become the main foci of pediculosis. Lice in the class are brought mainly by children from wealthy families. According to Rospotrebnadzor, in 2006, the incidence of pediculosis in children after the summer jumped 2.5 times compared with previous years, primarily due to those who traveled abroad in the summer.

But this is the data of 2006, and not some modern propaganda in retaliation for the sanctions.

Pediculosis in children: an endless story

Most willingly with us is shared head lice old Europe. And not some kind of Bulgaria or Montenegro.

It turns out that the most “lousy” country of Europe is the United Kingdom. Pediculosis in children in English schools and camps is common. At the same time, no one declares quarantine and, imagine, does not isolate lousy children.

In summer camps, where children are under the supervision of caregivers, they are simply treated with special means for pediculosis, by the way, very effective, according to reviews of the “victims”. If lice are found in children during the school year (the peak falls in the fall), parents of students just get notified that there is pediculosis in school.

What they will do with this information is their personal business. The teacher can only recommend that they treat the child for lice because it … prevents the student from working in the classroom, and not at all because he can infect other children.

As a result, in the English kingdom, primary school students, regardless of their social status, suffer from pediculosis up to 5 times a year! And you say “princesses do not poop” …

In Denmark, with pediculosis is also “all right”. To such an extent that in this country “lousy Sabbaths” are held, propagandizing the fight against these bloodsuckers. Moreover, it was in Denmark that a special nozzle for a vacuum cleaner in the form of a comb was invented to collect head lice.

The author of the invention is a school teacher. Imagine the scale of lice, if lice can already be removed from children with a vacuum cleaner?

In France, according to our compatriots who have gone there for permanent residence, pediculosis is also treated without validol: well, a child has got head lice, and so what? “I often stand at the traffic lights next to the pharmacy. Window dressing changes every season.

In the winter they advertise vitamins, in the spring – slimming products, in the summer – sunscreens. In the fall, a scout with a mouthpiece decorates the window.

He trumpets: “The lice are returning!” Sometimes, instead of a scout, a giant louse is depicted on the window display, followed by the giant canisters with any counter poison, ”the Russian mother living in Toulouse wrote on one of the forums. Her own children became infected with head lice in the very first week of the school year. But naive Russian parents understood this only when everyone in the school distributed leaflets: “Dear parents, lice at school, treat your child’s head, as well as hats and bed linen.”

And, notice, about any quarantine, about any disembarking of children with pediculosis from school is out of the question.

Pediculosis in children: an endless story

No less revealing is another story of Russians whose children contracted pediculosis during a trip to Spain. While traveling around the country, they should have stayed with friends, but found it uncomfortable, given the circumstances that had arisen.

What was their surprise when friends in response shrugged their shoulders with the words: “And what’s the big deal about this? Wrap on the way to our pharmacy. “

Why is this attitude to pediculosis in Europe? Perhaps because today all diseases that lice have been for centuries are practically defeated.

A louse bite by itself is not dangerous for a person if it is not infected. But if not … In the past there was even a sign: lice appear in the house to the dead. Horror, yes?

But if you remember that in those days lice were carriers of typhus, the logic of this “signs” becomes apparent. Fortunately, now the probability of catching this infection from lice is reduced to zero.

So many Europeans treat lice like mosquitoes. And they begin to withdraw only when they are already delivering tangible discomfort.

Our situation is completely different. Pediculosis in our society is like leprosy before. Tell someone – and ten meters of the sanitary zone around the child are provided.

In this case, you are obliged to isolate the child from society, and while the doctor, inspecting the results of pediculosis treatment, finds at least one living nit in the hair, there can be no talk about attending school or kindergarten. So, we sat at home to be treated.

Pediculosis in children: an endless story

In my childhood, the treatment of lice came down to the use of dust, kerosene and tar soap. I remember how I wanted to climb on the wall from the smells of these funds. Fortunately, both dust and kerosene, despite their effectiveness, are now considered undue barbarism.

A tar soap, contrary to the image, was found to be useless. From the pediatrician, I received a list of what to treat pediculosis in children with the words that all drugs work, choose what you can afford.

Of course, the simplest and most effective method of dealing with head lice in a child is shaving. Insects do not live on a bald head and, most importantly, cannot reproduce because they attach their eggs in the root zone of the hair.

No hair – no nits, no nits – no new lice. If I had a boy, that would be the end of the story.

But shaving a girl, and even a first-grader, is humiliating. My daughter’s hair was thick and long, and I decided that I wouldn’t cut the baby short, and even less shave bald.

Of course, this decision has complicated our fight with head lice. We spent on the complete elimination of this infection 2 weeks. I think if I had at least some experience in this area, and I would have thought for a minute that my clean child was scratching his head because there were lice, the scale of the disaster and the time frame for its liquidation would be less.

But I was in captivity of the mass illusion that homely well-groomed children these days do not get sick with pediculosis. The result of this delusion resulted in 14 days of hassle.

Initially, we were determined that you can get rid of lice, maximum, in a week. The plan for the treatment of pediculosis was this: with the help of treatment, kill lice and nits, comb out hair, re-process on the seventh day and show the doctor a clean head.

But it was not there. The pediatrician on examination found several living nits (they, you know, emit a characteristic crackling under the nails, unlike the dead). And she sent us to be treated.

It was then that I realized that one selected remedy for pediculosis, even the best in reviews, was not enough.

What helped us cope with head lice in a child with long hair:


Pediculosis in children: an endless story

Do not believe the promises that the tool will bring and lice and nits. From my own experience I can responsibly declare: it is not.

Pharmacy chemicals do not kill nits! They act on lice, choking, paralyzing and dehydrating live parasites.

But nits are eggs, they do not breathe (contrary to the statements of some advertising brochures), so they don’t care about such chemistry. Most drugs for the treatment of pediculosis, on which it is written “kill lice and nits,” in fact, only lice are killed, and you are asked to comb the living nits by yourself with a special comb that is included in the kit.

If you carefully examine the composition of such drugs for lice, then they, in addition to the main active ingredient, contains oils or alcohols, softening or dissolving glue, which nits securely attached to the hair, and it becomes easier to comb. I didn’t find any drugs that actually kill nits on our pharmacy shelves. Declared them enough.

But the actual effectiveness is questionable, to spend on them the family budget. Than we “unstick” nits – I will tell a little lower.

From commercial remedies for the treatment of pediculosis I will single out two at once, because their alternate use has helped us on the advice of the second pediatrician, to whom we arrived after the first week of unsuccessful treatment. Firstly, it is the Pair Plus spray, which consists of not one, but three active ingredients at once.

Secondly, Paranit shampoo (namely, shampoo) containing mineral oil and not containing insecticides, so it was perfectly combined with the first drug without the danger of poisoning a child with lice. The advantage of this shampoo has become the included frequent comb. We also combed them nits after processing.

We alternated Pair Plus and Paranit with an interval of 3-4 days, instead of using something one with an interval of a week.


Pediculosis in children: an endless story

Combing with pediculosis is the only one hundred percent way to remove lice and nits. Moreover, without combing the nits all your efforts to combat lice will be in vain. After processing the head with a special tool, you must comb the hair with a thick comb (they are sold in pharmacies and separately, and bundled with different preparations for lice).

So you can understand the scale of the invasion and follow the dynamics: how many lice are combed for the first time, how many after a few days, after a week (ideally, not a single one). I do not advise you to spend money on a costly miracle combs from lice, advertised on the Internet.

There is nothing special about them except the price. This is such an “porridge from an ax” – without treating the hair with means that soften glue nits, all these combs are not effective.

And after treatment with combing, any metal comb from nits that comes with a lice cleaner can handle it.

After trial and error, we found out that a vinegar solution acts best on the glue. Cheap and angry. The essence of the method is simple: table 9% vinegar is taken (do not use vinegar essence!), Diluted in a ratio of 1: 2, that is, 1 part of vinegar – 2 parts of water.

Dry hair is processed with this solution along its entire length, starting from the roots. It is easiest to apply the vinegar solution with a sponge. At the same time, you should try to get as little vinegar as possible on your scalp.

But if it does, it is tolerable. After treatment, all hair should be hidden under a bag or a rubber swimming cap. This is done to ensure that the vinegar does not evaporate ahead of time.

Action time – 30 minutes. On the Internet you can read the recommendations to keep a solution of vinegar on the head for at least an hour.

But, in practice, half an hour is enough to get the desired effect and at the same time not to burn the scalp to the child in the vinegar bath. After 30 minutes, carefully comb the hair from the roots to the ends with a special comb. Important: the procedure of combing after vinegar is best done in the bathroom.

This is done to ensure that adult lice that have gone dry from vinegar do not fall on clothes or sex when combed, which would lead to re-infection. After each pass through the hair, the comb should be washed with running water in order not to return the newly combed nits to the place. Processing is best done every 3-4 days.

Especially if you decide to go in the same difficult way as we do – by all means keep the long thick hair of a child. By the way, instead of table vinegar, you can use 3% apple cider vinegar.

Or chemist water, which also has a beneficial effect on the hair. But at that time, chemist water was in short supply in pharmacies.

So, we cost the vinegar.


Everything that could be washed went to the wash at 60 and 90 degrees (lice and nits die at 50-55 degrees, and at 40 you just give them a bath). All that could not be washed in hot water, or simply impossible to put in a washing machine, was sprayed with A-Par spray: pillows, mattresses, a sofa, a rug in a nursery, hats, etc.

The floors in the whole apartment and other surfaces were washed with a solution of vinegar.

Pediculosis in children: an endless story

At the time when the elder daughter found pediculosis, the youngest was only 2 months old, and I was breastfeeding her. My breast, fortunately, did not have time to catch it, despite close contact with my sister.

But me, though not very much, but hooked … What should a nursing mother do if all the drugs for lice are contraindicated during breastfeeding? Resistant hair dye to help you. Not sparing, but one that contains hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) burns both lice and nits. And in low concentrations dissolves glue nits. Therefore, if you dye your hair with hydrogen peroxide paint (found in most lightening and strongly lightening paints), and after dyeing, wash your head thoroughly and comb it with the same frequent comb, then the chances of getting rid of pediculosis in one step will be very large.

In my case, it happened. I can advise the same method if pediculosis is found in pregnant women. It is strictly forbidden for the expectant mother to be treated for insecticidal lice.

And you can paint your head with durable paint at any time.

Where exactly my daughter contracted pediculosis remained a mystery for me. But since then, every summer I have been carefully examining her head several times a month. Especially before the start of the school year.

And one more taboo we have since appeared: on loose hair outside the house. For prevention. In Europe, pediculosis is not even considered a disease, and in our country a child’s lice is a shame and disgrace for his parents, whatever you say.

Maybe this disgust for lice from such shocking lousiness saves us just as in Europe?

Video: pediculosis in a child – what parents need to know

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