Getting rid of head lice can be a difficult problem to deal with. It is usually brought home by young school going children and can get dreadfully bad, if not dealt with on time.
You must make sure that your children maintain hygiene levels to reduce the transfer of lice but even the cleanest of kids can acquire lice from school due to close contact with other classmates.
However, if you thought that only school going children are prone to head lice, think again. Though children are most prone to get them, you can’t rule the chances of adults getting them from time to time as well. So, once you find head lice, make sure that you deal with this problem immediately to stop it from growing further.
- Comb the hair regularly with a lice comb to find any traces of lice. If you find any, you must be prompt in acting immediately.
- Apply tea tree oil on the scalp and massage well. It is gentle on the scalp and can be kept on the scalp for some time, after which it can be washed off with a gentle shampoo. Follow it by combing your hair well.
- Vinegar is excellent against lice. Wash your or your child’s hair with vinegar if you find lice.
- Garlic is also good against lice. Make a paste of garlic and lime juice and apply it on the scalp. Keep it on for at least 45 minutes before washing it off.
- Apply castor oil onto your hair and keep it on for some time. If possible overnight. Cover it with a shower cap to minimize contact with other members of the family. Wash off with a gentle shampoo in the morning.
- You can apply mayonnaise on the hair to eliminate lice. Apply mayonnaise generously all over the hair and cover the head with a shower cap. Keep it on for a good 3 hours or so before rinsing it off. Do it again in another weeks’ time for good results.
- You can mix baby oil with vinegar and apply this on the scalp to remove lice.
- Remember that lice can recur very easily. Even the slightest trace of lice can make a huge infestation again. So, once you have gotten rid of lice from your household, make sure that you wash your bed linen and other clothing items well so that lice do not occur again. Wash clothes with disinfectants, if necessary. You should also keep checking your child’s hair daily for any more signs of lice.
Tips and Warnings
- Opt for insecticides or pyrethoids only if you are absolutely sure of lice infestation. Don’t forget to repeat the treatment after a gap of 10 days to get lice that may have come from the eggs as pyrethoids and permethrin don’t kill the eggs
- Though some people use insecticides to get rid of lice, mechanical removal is far more advisable. Though the latter may take time and even make you impatient, it’s worth the deal.