Shepherd Method of Strand-by-Strand Nit Removal
I am certified and trained by the best lice experts in the industry, The Shepherd Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to find the best, quickest, and most cost effective treatment to eradicate lice. She has tested everything on the market and all forms of treatment. Mrs. Katie Shepherd has developed the following steps as part of her certification program.
1. Head Check - examination of child/adults hair to determine if lice or nits are present.
2. Proof - If lice or nits are found, proof shall be provided so that treatment can begin.
3. Initial comb-out - apply enzyme and actively comb through hair to remove as many lice and nits as possible prior to manual nit picking.
4. Nit picking - the manual removal of lice and nits, usually done in a strand-by-strand process throughout the hair.
5. Final re-check - done upon completion of treatment to ensure nothing was missed during the treatment process. This is done on dry hair.
6. Final comb-out - combing of the hair with additional product upon completion of final re-check.
7. Follow-up re-check - two follow-up rechecks within 14 days of first treatment with the first re-check being no more than 7 days after the initial treatment. If follow-up treatment is not possible, detailed instructions will be provided for self re-checks for the next thirty days. Follow up is necessary to ensure all lice and nits have been removed and that no further contact with other active cases of head lice exist.!
NO TOXIC CHEMICALS, NO SECOND GUESSING, NO STRESS, NO WORRIES-LICE OUT NOW IS DEDICATED TO RIDING YOU OF THESE PARASITES ASAP!
This dryer is called the Louse Buster. Quoted directly from the Louse Buster website, they admit, "Based on clinical study data, the LouseBuster device kills or removes over 95% of head lice and eggs in one single treatment. Overall, greater than 99% of the eggs on people treated with the LouseBuster™ device are dead following treatment." Their treatment is NOT 100% effective and unfortunately, one bug left behind is one bug too many as the original infestation all started from just one bug. Dryer treatments run on the premise that the heat will kill the eggs and live bugs in the hair. The issue is that the dryer is not able to get to all the lice and it has no way of removing all the nits from the hair. If your child's school has a no nit policy, there are still nits left behind with this treatment and what parent wants their children walking around parasite eggs in their hair? According to the Shepherd Institute who did several extensive hands-on clinical trials of this heat/dryer device at the request of Louse Buster themselves, the Shepherd Institute concluded that it was uncertain if the nits that are left behind were viable or not. The only way to tell was to closely examine each nit under a microscope So, even this method still leaves the time consuming task of nit picking to be done. In addition, use of the product of Shepherd Institute lengthened treatment time as they still needed to do the painstaking process of going through the hair strand-by-strand. This device is not used on children under the age of 4, nor those with sensory deficits (they can't feel the heat which could potentially cause burns); the risks must be fully disclosed and a consent form must be signed. The flat fee rates range from $150 to $200 regardless of the amount of hair or severity of the case. Many lice companies have stopped using this device after seeing the disappointing results. This is a direct quote from a Lousebuster service provider, "Heat machines make the lice removal process longer and are not 100% effective as claimed." If the dryer/heat device worked, the Shepherd Institute would most certainly add it to their proven 7-step strand-by-strand method. The Shepherd Institute/Lice Solutions is not affiliated with any supplier or a product. Their number one goal is to eradicate lice quickly and effectively.
Over the Counter Treatments
Besides these chemicals being bad for our children, they are not effective anymore. After decades of chemical exposure, we have now created the Super Louse which is resistant to these OTC choices. I have served countless children who were treated with OTC drugs and STILL have lice. Sometimes they are treated the day I arrive with OTC products and I'm still pulling off live bugs. In addition, these products contain permethrin/pyrethrum, which is derived from chrysanthemums. This can cause problems in children with respiatroy problems, ragwee allergies, etc. One boy I know treated with this had a pyshocti like episode when treated with RID. These products are desgned to affect the bugs central nervous system (CNS); however, published research shows that 80% of the adult lice are now resistant to this pesticide. the eggs (which do not hae a CNS) and baby lice (nymphs), are not afffected by the use of these products. This products just increase your child's exposure to chemicals in a chemical laden world.
It's tempting to run to the cupboard and put something together to get rid of lice, especially if you are not wanting to expose your child to chemicals, but sadly, these home remedies are a grave misconception and anyone who used them and had success is ill informed to think they achieved success from these products. Chances are, they did A LOT of combing and the did NOT have a difficult case of lice. Also, once you load your hair up with mayonnaise or other oil type of product, it makes it very difficult for the lice comb to withdraw the nits out of the hair.
Presently, there are NO SHORT CUTS when it comes to getting rid of lice. It still comes down to the proven strand-by-strand painstaking process of nit picking. Until there is a product that can fully dissolve the glue that is deposited by the female louse for her eggs to attach, there is no better way than the Sheperd Method.