There are a lot of different head lice sprays out there, and it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you. Lice is a highly contagious and irritating pest that can stay with your child for a long time, so it’s important to find a product that works, is gentle to the scalp, and does not cause itchiness.
Most over-the-counter and prescription treatments are topical insecticides that kill the louse or nit, or both. Some also contain repelling ingredients that will keep lice away from your head.
Some products use pyrethroids, which are chemicals that act like natural extracts from chrysanthemum flowers. These can be a good first option for some families, but these ingredients aren’t always safe for kids, and they can be harsh on the skin if you’re not careful.
Other sprays don’t rely on strong chemical pesticides and instead use non-toxic and homeopathic ingredients, such as rosemary or mint. These can be effective but can be hard on the skin, and some of these ingredients have been linked to cancer in animals.
For the best results, we recommend using a combination of products that target the whole lice cycle from head to body. That way, you can be sure to get rid of all the nits and eggs that are still around after treatment. This will help you to avoid re-infestation. You should also follow the directions to ensure that the product is used properly.