Lice Shampoo – a severe warning to parents!

I was completely shocked when I just read this report in the local paper while having my lunch today:

Lachlan suddenly started coming out in bruises all over his body. 

Blood tests revealed that all his blood counts were low – platelets, haemoglobin and white cells – Lachlan’s bone marrow was in the process of shutting down, and a transplant was his only hope. 

“The products in South Africa contain no warnings on the packaging, and in fact recommend repeated treatment if the head lice are not completely cleared.

“Most parents are not aware that Gambex is actually a pesticide.”

Lice shampoos containing the chemical gamma benzene hexachloride on sale in South Africa are Gambex® and Quellada®; in most other countries it goes by the brand Lindane® or Kwell®.
– source IOL

A serious warning to anyone with children who are prone to contracting or may be in contact with other children at creche/school that may be infected with lice. We’ve used these products in the past and will definitely NOT be using them (or any other lice-shampoo product) in future. Washing the kids hair with vinegar and then combing out the lice and eggs with a fine-tooth comb will work just as effectively and will be completely harmless to the children.


7 Responses to “Lice Shampoo – a severe warning to parents!”

  1. health and safety rocks! vinegar rocks! (it just smells a bit, like when you boil it in your kettle to de-limescale it, and then your coffee has an interesting taste for a bit)

    yes, they are obsessive over here with health and safety, but it makes sense. (esp for a potential to avoid liability charges)

    i always thought that peeps use medicine and medical products way too quickly without any thought about consequences. i mean lice shampoo kills lice – that means that there is something in that bottle that is very strong!

    lastly, i think that SAeans are not yet au fait with their rights sometimes … such as knowing what goes into stuff.

  2. @S – it’s criminal – if it contains a pesticide, it’s harmful to humans – then why produce such a product in the first place! Like doctors who prescribe you a certain medication but need to take regular blood-samples to test that your kidney’s are still functioning because a known side-effect of the drug causes kidney failure – WTF!?

  3. @S – It wasn’t but I’m just as concerned about the issue as other parents since we’ve used it on our kids – thankfully they’ve not exhibited any of the symptoms any of the other kids that have used Gambex products.

  4. Washed my child’s hair with this stuff did not know it was dangerous. Nothing happened, but will never use it again!!

  5. I think It is terrible that we, as parents, are not aware of the dangers of using these products. We are trying to do the best for our children, and are completely unknowingly causing more harm than anything else.

    I will NEVER use any sort of lice “shampoo” on my children again. I recently found out that you can make use of oilive oil by saturating the hair with it, and then wrapping in either cling wrap, or a shower cap for two hours. I have tried it, and it works – Thats what I will be doing if needed in future.

    I recently used a different product on my four year old, which burnt the skin on her scalp. It took me half an hour to get her to stop crying because it was burning so much. NEVER AGAIN!!!

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