(Thankfully, I have never had to deal with head lice.
But with school about to start and it being known to go around schools,
it’s time to brush up and know what to do, just in case.)
he treatment of human head lice is a process that has been studied for centuries. This can also be a sensitive topic to communicate about because this may send a false message that the child is “unclean”. Luckily there are many solutions to this problem and no need for panic. There a different methods in treating head lice:
The wet combing method involves removing the head lice by systematically combing the hair using a special fine-toothed comb. While wet, head lice appear lifeless, but they mobilize as they become dry. However, these lice will die after a day or two if they are prevented from feeding on human blood. For wet combing to be effective, this process should be repeated regularly and thoroughly. No medicated products are necessary.
Essential Oil Treatment
Along with combing, a number of essential oils have been shown to be effective in eliminating head lice. Be sure to do a sensitivity test by putting a drop of essential oil on the back of the child’s hand. Some children may have an allergic reaction to some essential oils like tea tree oil. Oils to be most effective in treating head lice are: tea tree oil, lavender oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, aniseed oil, cinnamon leaf oil, red thyme oil, peppermint oil and nutmeg oil. Mix 2 ounces of olive oil with 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil and then apply to the scalp using cotton balls. Leave this mixture on the scalp and hair overnight for at least 12 hours. Olive oil can be substituted with 4 ounces of rubbing alcohol. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and saturate the hair with it. Then leave it in hair for 12 hours.
Comb out your child’s hair thoroughly the following morning. Then, shampoo, rinse, and repeat the cycle. Once the lice have been completely eliminated, the alcohol and essential oil spray can be used as a preventive treatment for future situations. This is a very effective and popular method of ridding your child’s hair of head lice.
Treating Your Home
Head lice are unable to survive on their own for more than a few days, so it’s not necessary to use chemicals in your home, however you might want to wash your clothing and bedding to remove existing lice. Wash all bedding and clothing in hot water, at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit or more. You can also dry clothes and bedding items in your dryer with a high heat setting. In addition to washing all your clothing and bedding items in the home, be sure to vacuum all your floors an upholstery too, for additional precaution. You also need to soak your hair brushes, combs and other accessories in hot water for at least 15 minutes.
With proper treatment you can get rid of head lice easily, but make sure that you don’t get re-infected in future by avoiding contact with other infected people, and keeping your hair accessories, bedding and clothing clean at all times.
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