There is a 21 day non chemical removal of head lice program floating around on the Internet. I have since adapted it for school aged children to reflect the need to be back in school as soon as possible with the use of a chemical alternative called Resultz (Isopropyl myristate).

I hope it helps some of you parents who have children in school. I know not a lot of us like using chemicals but sometimes the lesser of two evils is better than the other. Remember Resultz or any other derivatives of this product CANNOT be used on children under the age of 4 years old. This is for school aged children 4 years old and up. VIP in the header means most important day of the 10 day program. It is imperative to proceed with those VIP days at all costs.

Adaptation of 21 Day Program Into 10 day Program for School Aged Children

Attendance is a must for school aged children, it is conducive to their education and as parents we must protect and harbor our children’s educations by encouraging good attendance in school. It can be difficult when a child is removed from their school setting because of head lice but is of no fault of the child or parents when it happens. Schools today have a no nit policy that requires the child to be both head lice and nit free. This adaptation of the 21 day program is for children attending school in the regular school year session.

Action – Day 1 – removing the layers *[VIP]*

Application of chemical treatment. In this example we will use Resultz (Isopropyl Myristate). Apply the chemical treatment as it suggests on the insert and bottle. Then on to Combing as indicated below.

Today’s combing session is aimed at removing existing egg-laying adult lice that may have been missed with the chemical treatments. All your family should be lice-combed today again, ideally at the same time in the day or evening. Do not look for the lice in your hair but use the comb systematically in sweeps so that eventually you will have passed the comb through all of the hair. There will be very young nymphs in your hair which the comb may not remove. Do not worry about these as we have planned to get them out later in the program when they are bigger and before they reach an age where they are able to lay new eggs.

Action – Day 2 – removing the last of the layers
Today’s combing session is aimed at a second attempt at removing existing egg-laying adult lice that may have been missed in the day. All your family should be lice-combed today again, ideally at the same time in the day or evening. Effectively, you are repeating the session you did yesterday without the chemical treatment.

Action – Day 3 – last chance day! *[VIP]*
Today is one of the most important days in the program. It is your last chance to comb out any remaining adult-lice egg layers. Bring your family together and perform the lice combing with extra special care and attention. Make sure you comb right from the scalp to the tip of hair tufts and wipe the comb diligently after each stroke. Work through all the hair several times and check the comb before re-introducing it to the hair to make sure there are no visible lice stuck on it.

The reason today is so important is that the rest of this program assumes that after the combing session today, you are free of first generation lice able to lay eggs and lice just about to reach the stage when they can lay eggs. After today we are only concerned with very young lice, the dormant eggs, and eggs just starting to hatch.

You must not miss the combing session today or the program will fail! If you have missed any combing sessions to date, this is the only chance you have left to make amends an get those adult egg-laying lice out of your hair.

Action – Day 4 – Stage 1 Mopping up new born from first generation eggs
You are entering stage 1 of the program today. With all the adult lice egg-layers gone the second wave of adult egg-layers are in the making as the eggs left behind from the first lice removed will be starting to hatch now. Also, your hair will contain larva developing into their first nymph lice stages. Not all eggs hatch at the same time but you need to start the combing sessions again today to ensure you start to reduce the population of emerging lice.

At the moment, none of the lice in your hair can lay eggs. In a few days time, your head will be teaming with the new generation of lice as all the eggs finally hatch. By starting to whittle down the increasing population before it expands, you improve your chances of preventing new-born lice from reaching adulthood when they will start laying new eggs.

Action – Day 5 – Stage 2 Continuing to mop up new born from first generation eggs
We continue with stage 2 of the program today. At the moment, none of the lice in your hair can lay eggs. The combing session today is a repeat exercise of the session 2 days ago. Our objective is to continue removing new born lice and existing young lice approaching adulthood

Action – Day 6 – Continuing to mop up new born from first generation eggs
We continue with stage 2 of the program today. At the moment, none of the lice in your hair can lay eggs. The combing session today is a repeat exercise of the session 3 days ago. Our objective is to continue removing new born lice and existing young lice approaching adulthood. Be aware that right now – eggs from 2 generations of lice will either be hatched or will be hatching. It will be a another few days before we can be certain all eggs are hatched and this will be the most critical moment in the program.

Action – Day 7 – *[VIP]* Stage 3 – The final assault
Today is the first of three critical days. Your carefulness and attention to patient and thorough combing of you and your family needs to be of the highest standard during these three days.
Between today and two days from now, we reach a point in the life-cycle of the lice in your hair where they are most vulnerable. During the next 3 days (including today) all eggs will be hatched out, yet no lice can yet lay new eggs. This is the moment when, if we get them all, there will be no more eggs laid, none left to hatch out, and no living lice left in your hair. This means victory!

The uncertainty factor is that there is no way of telling if the last egg will have hatched today or tomorrow, so we need to treat today and each of the next 2 days as if it was the last egg-hatching day. Three combing days all together is likely to test the patience of your family so it is just as important to realize that if you stick through the next 3 days, you will be lice-free for certain!

A second application of the chemical treatment should be applied on day 7 as indicated by the instructions on the insert of the product and bottle. It is important to follow the proper procedure of the product in this adaptation of the 21 day program for use with chemical treatments in conjunction with the lice comb.

Action – Day 8 – *[VIP]* Stage 3 – The final assault
Today is the second of three critical days. Your carefulness and attention to patient and thorough combing of you and your family needs to be of the highest standard during these three days.
Stick with it. Repeat the combing you did yesterday. Make sure none of your household family miss their combing session. Wipe the comb in a fresh paper tissue after each pass through the hair and check the comb carefully to make sure no lice are on the comb when you insert the comb into the hair before each stroke. Do not be alarmed if you find you are extracting large numbers of very small lice when previously it seemed there were none left!

Action – Day 9 – *[VIP]* Stage 3 – The final assault
Today is the third of three critical days. Your carefulness and attention to patient and thorough combing of you and your family needs to be of the highest standard during these three days.
Today is the last day you have to remove all existing lice before some of them are able to lay new eggs. You must get any remaining lice out of your hair today! Repeat the combing you did yesterday. Make sure none of your household family miss their combing session. Wipe the comb in a fresh paper tissue after each pass through the hair and check the comb carefully to make sure no lice are on the comb when you insert the comb into the hair before each stroke.

Action – Day 10 – The final sweep!
All the lice should be gone now but since this is the last day of the program, its worth having one more full combing session with all your family just to be certain that no young lice (very small) have managed to avoid all the previous combing sessions.

Essentially, in this adaptation of the program, we are removing the resting period days and accelerating the program with the help of a more effective chemical treatment.

About these ads