Hylands Wild Child Quit Nits Head Lice Preventative Spray 4.2 oz (125 mL)
Hylands Wild Child Quit Nits Head Lice Preventative Spray is a non-toxic, homeopathic, scientifically proven treatment to stop re-infestation of lice and their nits. Preventative Spray repels head lice for up to 8 hours of protection on children, hats, clothes toys, soft furnishings and bedding. Wild Child helps make it easy to care for your child naturally. Quit Nits has a low allergy formulation, and a pleasant fragrance. Best of all, no combing is required! The Everyday Preventative Spray helps prevent lice infestation both prior to exposure as a proactive measure and after infestation to avoid reoccurrence.
- Easy spray on application
- Non-toxic; no chemical pesticides
- Certified natural active ingredients originating in the Australian outback
- Low allergy formula
- Pleasant fragrance
Head lice are tiny, wingless parasitic insects that live on human hair and feed on small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Nits (the eggs of the head louse) are small yellowish-white, oval shaped eggs that are “glued” at an angle near the base of a hair shaft. Nits must be laid by live lice. You cannot “catch nits.” It takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch and another 7-10 days for the female to begin laying her own eggs. Head lice live for about 30 days on the host and a female louse may lay up to 100 nits. Having head lice is very common, especially amongst kids ages three to 12 years of age, and although they are an annoyance for parents, they are not dangerous and do not spread diseases. However, head lice are very contagious and can spread easily.
Questions about Quit Nits:
I have completed the treatment but I can still see live lice in the hair. What should I do?
Sometimes the treatment has not had sufficient contact time with live lice and they appear to move quite slowly. These lice are dying and should be removed with the fingernails.
I can still see eggs attached to the hair the following day. Has the treatment failed?
Not at all, the remaining ‘eggs’ or nits which are visible are either dead or empty shells. Simply remove with the fingernails.
I used Quit Nits treatment but my child came home from school re-infested two days later. Is Quit Nits safe to use again?
Quit Nits does not contain any toxic pesticides so it is safe to use as frequently as required.
The kit does not contain a bedding spray. Why not?
Head lice can only feed on a human host and must feed hourly to remain hydrated. About an hour after being separated from the host they begin to dehydrate and become ill. After 24 hours, they will die. Simply laundering and drying head scarves, hats or pillows is sufficient to kill lice. Using bedding sprays only increases you child’s exposure to pesticides.
If I’m pregnant or breastfeeding can I use your product?
Unlike pesticide based products, Quit Nits products do not contain any ingredient that is suspected of causing health problems for pregnant or nursing mothers. The products should be safe for use except in circumstances where there is a history of allergy to the active ingredients. If in doubt, consult your doctor.
Why should the cap be removed overnight when using the Advance Treatment product?
Although it is important to keep the Advance Treatment wet, it is essential to remove the shower cap from your young children to avoid risk of suffocation while sleeping.
I have used head lice treatments before and the hair was left dry and brittle. Will this happen with Quit Nits?
Quit Nits products will leave the hair soft and shiny just like a regular conditioner.
Questions about Head Lice:
Where do head lice come from?
Head lice are human parasites and do not come from the air or ground. In fact, head lice have probably been here since the beginning of time. Head lice and nits that have dried up have been found on the hair and scalps of Egyptian mummies.
How are head lice spread?
Head lice can be acquired when there is direct contact of the head or hair of someone infested with head lice. Lice can also be spread through the sharing of hats, brushes, helmets, hair accessories and other items. There is also the chance of spreading head lice through pillowslips.
How widespread are head lice?
The Centers for Disease Control does not track the number of head lice cases, because it’s not considered a disease. This makes it difficult to track head lice cases; however, schools and manufacturers of lice products estimate head lice cases at 12-25 million infestations a year in the United States. Most children infested with head lice are under twelve years of age.
Do head lice transmit or carry any disease?
While many have thought head lice to be only a nuisance, recent scientific study shows that head lice are the same species as body louse which has long been associated with diseases such as typhus and relapsing fever. Disease transmission through head louse should not be underestimated.
Can our family pet get head lice?
People cannot catch head lice from pets. They are human parasites and require human blood to survive.
How can I verify successful treatment of head lice?
You must first define treatment. Someone can be treated for head lice and still be infested. The ultimate determination that someone is no longer infested can only be accomplished with a thorough manual screening to confirm that all lice and nits are dead.
Follow This Check List to Be Lice and Nit Free!
- STEP 1: Lice Treatment
- Check all household members to determine who has an infestation in their hair.
- Spray Quit Nits Preventative Spray in the clean hair of all persons that do not have an infestation.
- Apply Quit Nits Advance Lice Treatment on the dry hair of all affected persons.
- Cover hair with shower cap and let treatment work for a minimum of 4 hours. Leave product on overnight for serious infestation.
- Remove shower cap before sleeping.
- STEP 2: Home Preparation
- Strip all beds
- Gather all pillows (both bed and furniture) in entire house that may have been used by effected persons
- Gather all hats and scarves that may have been used by effected persons
- Gather all hair clips, barrettes, pony tail holders, headbands that may have been used by effected persons
- Gather all brushes and combs in entire house
- Gather all stuffed animals that the effected person may have played or slept with
- Gather all used towels in household
- STEP 3: Home Eradication
- Wash all sheets, clothing, and towels in hot water and dry on high heat setting
- Put pony tail holders and scrunchees in a laundry bag, and wash with sheets on high heat and then dry on high heat.
- Any clothing that can not be washed, put in dryer for 30 minutes
- Any clothing that can not be washed or dried, put in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours.
- Run all pillows in dryer for 30 minutes on high heat. Pillows that can not go into the dryer, put in a sealed plastic bag and leave for 48 hours.
- Put stuffed animals in sealed plastic bags and leave for 48 hours.
- Put all headbands, clips, barrettes, non-washable hair items in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours.
- Boil brushed and combs or soak in a high concentrated alcohol or bleach solution.
- Vacuum all beds and furniture including couches, carpets and car interior. Throw away bag when finished.
Wild Child is a Western Australia-based company that develops safe, natural, healthcare products for the whole family, including Quit Nits Natural Head Lice Treatment. By basing its products in science, Wild Child aims to bridge the gap between traditional and homeopathic medicines. Founded in 1997, by CEO Leanne Preston, Wild Child has expanded both its product range and distribution channels during the past ten years. Wild Child products are sold throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the UK and now the U.S.
Wild Child was founded by Leanne Preston in Margaret River, Australia, following the unpleasant discovery that her youngest daughter had head lice. After consulting her local chemist, Leanne was horrified to learn that the most common head lice treatment was a shampoo containing toxic chemicals that can cause illness and even death. Amazingly, not a single natural head lice treatment was available.
After a period of intensive research, Leanne developed a prototype of a product for head lice (subsequently called Quit Nits), which used essential oils to deliver highly effective results. Being a recently separated mother of three children without any financial support and wanting to be available for her children, she decided to set up a home-based business to manufacture and distribute the natural head lice treatment she’d first developed for her daughter. Thus, in the living room of her Margaret River home, Wild Child was born.
From the beginning, Leanne envisaged an export-driven company, having discovered that the gap in the Australian market for a natural head lice treatment also existed in the rest of the developed world. The unique characteristics of Quit Nits – that it provides a safe, natural alternative to highly toxic conventional products – are as relevant to overseas markets as they are locally.
In the first years of operation, Wild Child’s Quit Nits head lice products captured a respectable percentage of the head lice treatment market in Australia, becoming a standard stock item in Australian pharmacies, as well as in Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.
Leanne had always thought globally, and decided that the best way to begin breaking down barriers to entry in Europe was to start in the UK. As an English speaking country with low trade barriers and low regulatory costs, doing business in the UK with three times the population of Australia was the logical first step. Starting at the top, Wild Child approached Boots the Chemist, the largest distributor of head lice preparations in the UK.
Since then Wild Child has been an enormous success, first in Australia and subsequently across Europe and Britain, where it has revolutionized the treatment of head lice and taken on the major multi-national pharmaceutical companies whose chemical products had dominated the market for 80 years. After proving the effectiveness and popularity of Quit Nits in Australia, Leanne traveled to Britain in 2003 and convinced the Boots pharmacy chain to stock her product in its 1,400 stores.
The Boots account provided essential credibility to Wild Child’s marketability as a serious player in children’s health care in Europe and beyond. In the 2005/06 financial year, Wild Child launched its products into Ireland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Slovakia off the back of the Boots contract. The recent establishment of a business development and support infrastructure in Europe means that Wild Child is now better able to market its products to major retailers throughout the region.
As of January 2008, Quit Nits natural head lice products have been launched in the U.S., the world’s largest market for head lice products, and its line of head lice products are now available at all 6,200 CVS pharmacies across the nation. Presently, the company has already succeeded in developing a substantial manufacturing and distribution infrastructure.
A key part of the Wild Child story is the evolution and understanding of the science behind the initial discovery which has subsequently led to the creation of the Biotech Product Development division. This division is focused on natural and nature identical products, including a range of natural sunscreens that are complimentary to the company’s core principles. This line of sunscreen is not currently available for sale in the U.S.
As Chief Executive of Wild Child, Preston has been recognized with a range of national honors including the 2007 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, the winner of the Yellow Business Owner of the Year and the Australian Government Business Innovation Award.
At Wild Child, they have always been concerned with the unnecessary use of dangerous chemicals in our world. Wild Child believes that by making a very large number of small changes around the world, it's possible to significantly reduce environmental damage. Wild Child’s contribution to this philosophy is the creation of their natural range of products. Wild Child family products are formulated towards the maximum utilization of natural and nature identical products. The elimination of toxic chemicals in everyday household products is just the sort of small change that can make a difference.
Almost all of the Wild Child range is composed entirely of natural ingredients but, just as nature can provide potent poisons as easily as wholesome nutrition, some non-natural ingredients are essential for safety and efficacy. In the interests of producing safe and pure products, wherever there are no natural alternatives, they have selected only those ingredients that have the lowest irritancy and the safest environmental record.
At Wild Child they are keenly aware that they have the opportunity to create effective nature-friendly products and this ideal forms the underlying principle of current and future research.
Like the Wild Child in all of us, these products are born, not made.