If you are the parent of a preschooler or an elementary school aged child, there will likely come a point in time when your child has the dreaded head lice. As frustrating as head lice can be, it is actually a common occurrence for most children between the ages of three to ten who attend daycare or public school. As children are in pretty close corners in these situations, head lice doesn’t have a hard time spreading like wildfire.
When it comes to treating head lice, many parents head right on down to their local drug stores to stock up on lice killing supplies, such as head lice combs, lice killing shampoo, and other sprays. Unfortunately, some of these products may not only be ineffective for your child, but they may also put them at risk. The ingredients are incredibly harsh and toxic – after all, they are herbicides!
The good news, however, for parents of children with head lice is that there are a number of effective natural remedies for lice. One remedy for head lice involves saturating the hair with vinegar. Most people will already have vinegar in their homes, so this is a good first step. Parents who report good results from this method recommend leaving the vinegar on the hair for at least an hour before washing it out. To prevent a mess, a shower cap can go right over the hair. It has been reported that vinegar will kill lice in as little as two or three days.
Tea tree oil is another natural and easy to way to kill head lice. There are some individuals who apply tea tree oil directly to the hair in small amounts; however, many parents recommend another approach. This approach involves placing about fifteen drops of tea tree oil in a bottle of shampoo. When doing so, it is best if the shampoo bottle is not completely full, as this allows the tea tree oil to spread evenly when shook. Tea tree oil, when combined with shampoo, should be used on a daily basis for at least five to seven days.
Another natural way to remove head lice is to do so manually. Although this approach is natural, it can be extremely frustrating and time consuming. What you will need is a comb, tweezers, and a flashlight. In fact, this approach should be taken even after you use tea tree oil or vinegar. These items will help to kill the lice in a child’s head, but you will still need to take steps to remove the dead lice and eggs from your child’s head. The best way to do so is with a comb or tweezers and when your child’s hair is still wet.
When using the above mentioned natural remedies for head lice, you can continue the treatment until you are absolutely sure the lice is gone. For example, if your notice a few specks on your child’s head that may resemble head lice, you can still use the above mentioned treatment options, without unnecessarily putting your child at risk or exposing them to many of the chemicals that are found in over-the-counter head lice medications. For other remedies consult with your school nurse or doctor.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!