Armed to kill: Pharmacist and co-owner of the Chemist Warehouse at Goonellabah, Anna Nipperess, stocked up with the latest treatments to combat head lice.
Armed to kill: Pharmacist and co-owner of the Chemist Warehouse at Goonellabah, Anna Nipperess, stocked up with the latest treatments to combat head lice. Jay Cronan

Staying ahead in the lice season

DID you know head lice can hold their breath under water for 30 minutes?

No wonder they are so hard to get rid of.

So how do you tackle the nasty little nits without shaving your child’s head or dousing them in kerosene?

It’s coming into head lice season now with local schools already recording cases on the Northern Rivers. Head lice in schools is very common and it is thought about 10 per cent of children in NSW are lice carriers at any given time.

Pharmacist Anna Nipperess was one of the lucky ones and doesn’t remember having hair lice as a child, but as her father was also a pharmacist he probably had it under control.

But the Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse co-owner has helped many parents on the Northern Rivers rid their children of head lice.

“There has just been an overhaul of head lice products,” Ms Nipperess said.

“Companies have had to change their packaging so the wording on the package says exactly what the product is designed to do. If it says it kills the lice, then it kills the lice.”

Ms Nipperess said the changes had come into place to stop false advertising, which had frustrated a lot of parents.

“Parents get frustrated and they think a lot of products on the market don’t work, but that’s not always the case,” she said.

“The number one problem, and the reason I think many parents think these products don’t work, is people need to follow the instructions to the letter. It’s very important.”

Ms Nipperess recommends parents try the natural-formula Moov range of head lice removal products as they are just as effective as other products but without all the chemicals. She also said it was the market leader in head lice removal.

“I would suggest parents of children with allergies or sensitive scalps try the natural products first before using products with chemicals,” she said.

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects about the size of a sesame seed. They have six legs with claws and can attach themselves to hair. They can live on your head, feeding off blood under the scalp.

Head lice eggs are white, oval, pinhead-sized that attach to the hair and hatch in about 10 days, making infestation an ongoing problem.



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