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Lice treatment methods at home

Head lice is areannoying and inconvenient. Hence, if your child came home with the little buggers on their head or if the teacher sent a note saying that they have these parasites on their heads, there is no need to get nervous. Lice are treatable and although they are contagious, it is not a disease. We show you lice treatment options at home.

Treatment options

There are plenty of lice treatment options at home that you can do:

  • Use a lice comb on your child

Lice combs have very fine teeth allowing you to get lots of these pesky animals when you sweep through your child's hair. Do this every morning and evening for at least 3 weeks. Most lice experts will agree that this is the most effective method of getting rid of the parasites on your child's head.

  • Suffocation

You can also employ the suffocating or smothering technique where you put harsh chemicals on your child's head.

  • Comb and oil treatment

Another effective lice treatment method that you can easily do is to use the comb and oil treatment. Apply olive or baby oil on your child's head. Divide the hair in several sections and comb through. Wash the comb under hot water as often as you can. You can also just apply the oil on the comb so you can trap these little animals easily. Shampoo and rinse your child's hair. Make sure to wash all the towels that were used. Rinse them in a bleach solution so that they are properly disinfected.

  • Essential oils

Make your own solution and use essential oils. These include tea tree, lavender, neem, eucalyptus, aniseed, peppermint, clove and red thyme oil. Mix 2 oz of olive oil with 15-20 drops of essential oils. Use cotton balls or spray your child's head with this mixture. Leave the mixture on for at least 12 hours. Afterwards, comb, shampoo, rinse and repeat.

Preventive treatment

You can also use the spray solution on your child's head as a preventive lice treatment option at home. Remember you need to be extremely vigilant if you want to get everything off an infested head. That means killing the tiny eggs (nit) that attach themselves to the scalp. Again, combing your child's hair is indispensable so you can get rid of all the head lice and prevent them from reproducing.

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