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Head Lice: Shocking Reasons Why Kids Get Reinfected

For parents, there’s nothing more horrifying than seeing their kid suddenly use two hands to aggressively scratch their head out of nowhere, and do it again, and again… and again.

That’s because for them and for us as well, this could only mean one thing: head lice, which have been a major problem for families for the longest amount of time. But could this be the parents’ fault? According to a recent survey made with 2,155 parents (all of which who have a child under 12 years old that have used lice treatment), 70 percent of the participants think so.

Furthermore, the survey also revealed that around 7 out of 10 parents believe their kids usually get re-infected with lice due to a classmate who is either not treated properly or untreated at all. 16 percent of them also answered that re-infection happens because their child weren’t treated for the second time, while 22 percent believe that it’s because they weren’t able to treat their kids properly in the first place.

So, what’s the real reason?

Well, as per numerous researches made by both the U.S. and Canada, parents or classmates aren’t to blame. In fact, no one is, since the findings reveal that head lice keep coming back simply because around 99.6 percent of these insects have developed gene mutations that make over-the-counter lice shampoos useless against them.

Usually, these lice shampoos contain permethrin, which is a toxic pesticide that in the first place, should have no business in a child’s scalp. Thanks to mutant head lice however, they won’t be needed at all.

Thankfully, there are still some effective strategies you can use, such as:

  1. Tea tree oil – Besides its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, it’s also incredibly effective at killing head lice. Simply mix it with coconut oil and shampoo then leave for 30 minutes.
  2. Salt, vinegar and coconut oil – The aroma may not all be that pleasant, but a salt and vinegar mixture with some coconut oil can be very effective in dehydrating head lice and eventually killing them. Simply spray on your scalp and allow it to dry.

lice Lice make lousy roommates. Credit: SciShow