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Some important facts and information from Peter Francis a hairdresser and trichologist who is not only an expert in head lice and their treatment but has developed a range of organic products, eco.kid, that are designed to prevent the infestation of head lice whilst using them.
Sebaceous Glands are relatively small over most of the body and are usually found at a density of less than 100 per square cm of body surface. These Glands in certain areas, such as the neck, face and scalp however, are much larger and more numerous, with a density of up to 800 Glands per square cm. Children’s Scalps produce almost six times less oil on a daily basis than Adult scalps so they are highly porous.
A Child’s scalp represents an average of 400cm² of skin...approximately equivalent to the surface area of their entire back; however have eight times as many penetrations and eight times the blood supply to its surface. This scalp skin has over 300,000 Sebaceous Glands...all totally unprotected from chemical penetration and dehydration from synthetic detergents, silicones, artificial preservatives, synthetic fragrances and artificial colours...the chemical cocktail we like to call Shampoo. Now add Organo-phosphate pesticides or Pyrethrum based pesticides to this cocktail and you have a product that is not exactly what you would want to be treating your child’s scalp or head lice infection with!
If a kid has head lice there are some very serious consequences: parasitic infestations have been shown to affect cognitive function in kids and to potentially reduce learning performance. For school kids and their families, head lice have an impact in terms of days absent from school, time spent in eradication attempts, psychological distress and individual health.
Head lice are the second most communicable disease suffered by Children. They are extremely distressing for children to get and often end in major social embarrassment for both Parent and Child. Like Polio, Measles, Chicken Pox or Tooth Decay, etc a diligent Parent should be aware of the risks and take action to prevent infestation.
QLD department of health estimates that 33% of Children at any one time are infested with Lice, according to the literature “47.7% had been infested in the previous 6 months prior to examination 1” (1 International Journal Dermatology 1199,38,285-2906) NSW suggest 26%, Vic 16.6%. The study’s conclusion was that, in an urban primary school in Australia , head lice infestation is present at a hyper-endemic level 1” (1 International Journal Dermatology 1199,38,285-2906)
The very notion that we wait and get them and then treat has been fundamentally wrong since the 1920’s when we would douse kids in DDT to kill the lice and again do all the kids at once like dipping Sheep. We should only ever treat those with an absolutely confirmed case of Lice… this should be done without the use of Synthetic Pesticides and especially ones that are in a Surfactant Base (Shampoo) as the Surfactants further break down the skin’s ability to resist chemical penetration.