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Are we encouraging super lice to spread this school term?
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 A lot of panic stories about super lice have surfaced at the beginning of this school term over the last couple of days. The advice universally being for parents to swap the treatments for combing.

 Eileen Hutchinson of NitNOT clinic has concerns this advice may be encouraging the spread of lice. "There is a lot of issue with the combing method."

Firstly: It takes on average a month to rid of lice through combing. 

Secondly: It's easy for parents to think they have broken the cycle when they haven't. If you miss just a few tiny eggs or only one female louse, you can find yourself with a re-infestation a couple of months down the line. 

 Thirdly: There's a lot of head to head contact at school. Combing gives far too many opportunities for lice to move to new heads and spread. It's madness!

"It seems to me that the media are encouraging the spread of lice this school term!" 

We have treatments on the market that contain no toxic chemicals and work instead by the process of anoxia. Anoxia works by cutting off the lice and eggs oxygen supply and stops them from expelling gases they need to release as waste to survive. Super lice cannot mutate to overcome anoxia. Whereas it is challenging/near impossible to drown a louse in water with the average surviving for up to 8 hours and some still surviving after 14 hours immersion. Studies using a thick viscous mineral oil known as dimethicone results in penetration through the spiracles and spreading to the entire respiratory system within 30 minutes, leading to death in 100% of the lice, including our dreaded Super Lice nemesis. As supported studies published by the NCBI show.  

NitNOT anti-lice serum is made with 100% dimethicone mineral and is used by Eileen Hutchinson with 100% success in her clinic.

Dimethicone has the bonus of proving to be hypoallergenic and not absorbed by the skin. Meaning it is safe enough to use even on your babies scalp. Studies on the safety of dimethicone papers published by BMC pediatric

Research by the Journal of Medical Entomology (JME) has revealed that 98 per cent of head lice are now resistant to conventional treatments.

The 2016 study of 48 US states found that head lice were able to grow gene mutations, which helped them resist insecticides, also known as pyrethrins, pyrethroids, and permethrins.

Professor Craig Williams, of the University of South Australia, has been researching ways to outwit nits.

Speaking to 7NEWS, he said: "Super lice would be the name we would give to lice that have become resistant to some of the treatments to kill them." He likened the spread of the super-strength lice to antibiotic resistance - the more we use insecticides, the bigger the problem becomes.

Treatments containing insecticides should be avoided, and parents should opt to use a product that works by anoxia instead. Kind on the skin, with none of the related chances of causing skin irritation, and more effective than combing. 

Eileen suggests the following simple steps can help your family avoid an infestation:

1. Check for lice and nits before the start of the school term, conducting weekly head checks throughout the year. The best way to check is to use a nit comb on your child's wet hair, wiping on a tissue after each stroke to check for eggs, nits and lice.

2. Reduce risk by putting longer hair in braids, buns or ponytails. The longer the hair, the higher the risk of contracting lice.

3. Use a separate brush for every member of the family. Head lice won't fall out onto hats, jackets, or furniture, but a louse that gets stuck in the bristles of your brush can stay alive for up to 3 days.

4. Make sure to do a thorough check before a trip to the hairdressers, if lice are found mid-cut, most hairdressers will stop. 

As you can imagine, this can lead to tears and trauma.

Lastly, it's crucial to think about how we come across to our children when discussing lice. Be conscious, remain calm, and treat others with kindness. 

If you would like more information on how to effectively and safely treat babies and young children for lice, or arrange an interview with Eileen Hutchinson, please contact Anica Rosenberg:



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