This Means WAR!
NURSE KEVIN’S HEAD LICE BATTLE PLAN
Disclaimer: This plan and any of the steps within are only a suggestion. Before starting this plan or any other plan, seek the guidance of a physician. There, I am off the hook. Seriously, though; read the instructions on each and every package you purchase and follow the directions exactly. You are, as we all are, responsible for your own actions. To put this simply: If my son were to come home with head lice, this is the battle plan I would implement. If you child comes home with head lice, you should seek the guidance of a physician before implementing any of this information.
You’ve found lice...or maybe just a single louse. You are reading the most comprehensive delousing method known to people with hair. The School Nurse Lice Battle Plan has is a series of “battles” and “attacks” that coincide with the life cycle of the Pediculus humanus capitis (Head Lice). Follow The Lice Battle Plan’s attack-by-attack steps. Don’t skip any steps. Sure, you may be lice-free by the end of your first day...but...if one, single, fertile female louse remains, you’ll be right back where you are now in 30-40 days.
Do This First:
Your first mission is to download The Lice Battle Plan calendar so you can keep the attacks on time. Day one will be the toughest but will be the most effective. This is an easy-to-use, single page PDF that you’ll follow to guide you through the School Nurse Lice Battle Plan battle-by-battle.
You want to kill every last nit-gluing louse...every last one...without exception. The goal of this day-one, three-part attack will get this done...”Shock and Awe!” Keep in mind that regardless of the Pediculicide’s (lice shampoo) claim of being able to kill lice and their eggs, many eggs will remain viable (survive) and a few bugs may survive as well. Some pediculicides (“medicines” that kill lice) have an ovicidal effect (that claims to kill eggs (nits)). Question: Not to say these products claim a percentage of effectiveness. These products claim to kill lice and their eggs. And, that is indeed what these products do. But, do they kill 100% of the lice and their eggs? What if 1% survive? Is 99% effectiveness what you’re looking for or 100%? The problem with doing one treatment only on one day is the possibility of a single bug that may have survived the attack. If you feel that one treatment should be sufficient, consider learning more about the lice life cycle as described in this article and you’ll find that there is a real risk re-infestation in 30-40 days if you cut any corners.
Once you get the calendar downloaded, dated and posted in an area so you know when the second treatment (battle #2) is due.
The calendar will help you organize the 5-6 treatments that you will perform over the next 21 days. Get a calendar out and mark today as day 1 (of this 21 day process (Hey! You want them gone and to stay gone, right?)). This 21-day process coincides with the life cycle of the lice that has infested your or your children’s hair (more about that in the About Head Lice article series). Don’t let this 21-Day program dissuade you from implementing this battle plan. The chances of a reinfestation from a missed bug or two is high; you’ll be right back where you are now in a month if you miss just one fertile female.
HERE ARE THE DAYS TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR:
Day 1 (Today) Treat with a good Pediculicide like NIX or RID (Or a generic equivalent). Then, after the treatment with the pediculicide, perform an olive oil treatment. See more on that below.
Day 2 (Only if you decided not to use a pediculicide). Olive oil treatment.
Day 5 Olive Oil Treatment
Day 9 Olive Oil Treatment
Day 13 Treat with a good pediculicide like NIX or RID. Rationale: On day 1 you treated and killed all the live bugs. You may have killed off many of the nits. However, any surviving nits have hatched by now.
The lifespan of an adult louse on a host ranges up to 30-40 days. During this time, a female louse can lay about 90 eggs. Each incubating louse (unhatched nit) will remain in the nit (lice egg) for 7 to 10 days, the nits hatch and, after another 10 days, mature into adult head lice and the cycle begins again.
So, considering any nit (egg) laid on Day 1 have hatched by Day 13. To clarify this point: If a couple of nits survived the Day 1 attack plan and hatch by Day 13, you may have a mating pair of nymphs (baby lice) that survived and will be crawling around the hair. On day 13, these nymphs are not yet old enough to lay eggs...YET. You are at the “pivotal point” in the Lice Battle Plan. The Day 13 attack plan is designed to kill all the lice that were protected in the nit (lice egg). You will treat the hair just like you did on Day one. Why? Some pediculicides kill lice by effecting the louse’s nervous system. But, what if the developing bug inside the nit has not developed a nervous system yet? Not only will the bug be better “protected” in the nit shell, the bug may be so early in the developmental stage that the pediculicide may have no effect on the bug.
Day 21 This is the last day of the battle plan. By now you should have eradicated each and every bug and each and every nit is either dead or has been hatched with the hatchling being killed off on day 13. Let’s do one more olive oil treatment.
RID VS NIX
RID contains pyrethrum and NIX contains permethrin. But what does that mean? Is one better than the other at killing lice and what about all those eggs?
THE BATTLE PLAN
You’ve found lice on a head in your home. WHAT THE HECK!? Okay, don’t sweat. You’ve got this. Read this LICE BATTLE PLAN and get them bugs gone!!
ALL ABOUT LICE
Learn more about lice. You have an 2-3% chance of lice coming into your home this year. The more you know about these pests the better prepared you’ll be.