Do I Need to Shave My Head if I Have Lice?

Do you need to shave your head if you have head lice?
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Head lice are certainly troublesome. For children who have never experienced head lice previously, the discomfort and potentially itchy scalp are often terrifying. The further thought that bugs might be on their head can also frighten young boys and girls. To make matters worse, many parents who may not have dealt with head lice as a parent before are unsure of how to react. Do you immediately rush to the doctor’s office? Do you shave the head completely bald? There has to be a trick, right? Well, let’s address the shaving “solution.”

To Shave or Not to Shave

Like many parents, you have likely considered shaving your child’s head once head lice are discovered as lice treatment. It is so tempting to grab the electric shaver and take a run at their scalp. Stop for a moment. Instead of shaving them bald and causing both confusion and embarrassment, truly think about the situation.

  • You cannot bring your child to a salon for a professional shave if they have head lice. It is a health code violation.
  • Shaving your child’s hair is upsetting, embarrassing, and may mean isolation for some children. Many kids feel attached to their locks and may not enjoy a buzz cut.
  • For girls, a shaved head remains a social taboo. It’s best to avoid ostracizing your daughter to rid their scalp of head lice.
  • Shaving the head is not a guaranteed fix. You may not rid the scalp of head lice. The bugs cling to the smallest piece of hair to acquire blood. If you shave the head, even with a razor that provides a close shave, there are still hair pieces to grab hold of.

Furthermore, hair can grow back relatively quickly on a child. The head lice will remain patient, feeding off blood from the scalp. These pests will wait for the hair to return to continue breeding and feeding like normal.

Head Lice Removal

Instead of shaving the scalp completely bald, the answer lies within the head lice themselves. You cannot remove the hair. You must remove the head lice.

So, how do you go about ridding the scalp of head lice? Well, by scheduling professional treatment. You see, over-the-counter lice medications – found in your local supermarket – fail to resolve your head lice trouble. Most head lice today are immune to the pesticides and other chemicals found in such concoctions. They only serve to cause more harm and skin irritation.

Instead, opt for professional lice removal. Using guaranteed methods, including a thorough head check and comb-out, followed by all-natural, non-toxic killing agents, head lice will be a thing of the past. Of course, the entire family may need to be treated, and a follow-up treatment is necessary. But it works!

Schedule professional head lice treatment in Dallas-Fort Worth with Lice Lifters Treatment Centers. Give us a call now at 972-805-1308 for a comprehensive lice treatment that contains zero chemicals or harmful techniques for your children!