Head lice is an issue which may effect anybody, but school going kids are often more vulnerable to infestations. Head lice are wingless insects that live on your scalp, and feed and breed on it. They feed on your blood by biting on the scalp, thus leading to intense irritation and itching on the scalp and neck area. If your children has small red bumps on the scalp or neck and faces intense itching, you may want to check for head lice immediately,
Lice gets transmitted quickly and easily if in close proximity with a person infested with head lice. As children often play and spend time with peers in close proximity of each other and school, activity classes, and parks, they are often more vulnerable to infestations.
Those sharing hair brushes, caps, clothing, combs, pillows or other bedding may also lead to the head lice get transferred from one person to another through these mediums.
Head lice moves quickly and it is hence difficult to locate it physically, however, a close look at the scalp and neck can help detect head lice due to presence of visible red bumps. It is essential to be sure if it is head lice and only then should you proceed with the treatment.
Here are 7 lice treatments for your kids
Vinegar is very effective in killing head lice. You can use distilled vinegar to rinse your child’s hair. Leave the vinegar on for a short time before washing off with plain water. Apply coconut oil to the hair after rinsing your kid’s hair and then comb out all the nits and dead lice.
You may also choose to mix one part mineral oil with four parts vinegar and apply it on the scalp and hair. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse without shampoo. The following day apply apple cider vinegar to the baby’s hair and then wash in a while. Follow it with a comb-out with a fine-toothed nit comb to remove nits and dead lice from the hair. This treatment is especially helpful for kids with long or thick hair. Try using a treatment or medicated shampoo for the hair to make the remedy more effective.
- Tea Tree Oil
Make a solution of luke warm water and tea tree oil and put it in a spray bottle. Spray this solution in a generous quantity throughout the kid’s hair and scalp. Cover the head with a clean towel for twenty to twenty five minutes before washing off as you usually would. Use a nit comb to comb out dead lice and nits from your hair. To get rid of the lice completely, repeat the procedure twice a week.
As a preventive measure, you may as well add a few drops of tea tree oil to the baby’s hair oil and shampoo.
- Petroleum Jelly
Applying a thick layer of petroleum jelly on the baby’s scalp and leaving it overnight with a shower cap on will have a stifling effect on the roaming lice. Next morning use baby oil to remove the petroleum jelly from the hair and comb with a nit comb to remove the lice. Repeating this process regularly for several nights in a row will help get rid of lice completely.
- Mashed Apple
Although messy, applying mashed apple on the baby’s hair and scalp can be a quick and effective remedy to get rid of head lice infestations. Mash an apple and ensure that you apply in a manner that it covers the scalp and head completely and leave it on for an hour. Then wash the hair and use a nit comb to comb out any lice or nits.
- Essential Oil Mix
Mix 5 drops of tea tress oil, 10 drops of eucalyptus oil, 20 drops of lavender oil, and 20 drops of rosemary oil to prepare a mixture.
Mix this essential oil mixture with 100 ml of vegetable oil and apply to the baby’s scalp and hair and leave on for an hour. Wash with a medicate lice treatment shampoo and then comb out with a fine-toothed nit comb.
Use this remedy a couple of times a week to get rid of lice completely.
The strong and pungent smell of garlic suffocates lice, ultimately killing them. Grind a ten to twelve garlic cloves into a fine paste and mix it with two tablespoons of lime juice. Stir to form a uniform mixture and then apply thoroughly to the baby’s scalp. Leave it on the scalp for thirty minutes and then rinse it off completely with lukewarm water. With toddlers, be sure that the water temperature is not too high.
- Olive oil
One of the safest and easiest ways to treat your child’s lice at home is by using olive oil. When applied generously, the stickiness of the oil suffocates and kills the lice. Apply olive oil to the scalp and hair in a manner that it is saturated and wait for twenty to twenty five minutes before using the fine-toothed comb to comb out the dead nit and lice. Shampoo the baby’s hair to get rid of the excess oil.
Repeat this treatment every three to four days till you see no more nits or lice.
With toddlers, handling lice can be tricky as you don’t want to expose them to too many chemicals or heat. If these treatments do not prove effective, look for a lice salon that specialized in kid’s lice treatments to help tackle the problem.