Natural Ways to Get Rid of Lice - More Than Home Remedies
Every child in school or daycare needs lice prevention. If it's too late and your child has lice, we've also got lice
cures. All the natural way. No one wants to ever think about lice. But, even the cleanest child can bring them home. School, the playground, parties, and
daycare are just a few of the places where a child can get lice.
Kill the Bugs
Lice can be killed quickly, easily, cheaply and safely with mayonnaise. Simply get a new jar of mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip) from your kitchen shelf or at the grocery store.
(Donít grab one from the refrigerator, as it will be way too cold.) Grab a handful (or several) and cover all of you childís hair, being sure to get
behind the ears and down the neck a little. You can cover this with a plastic shower cap to keep the mayonaise from dripping or getting onto your
furniture. Leave the mayonnaise on for two hours to smother the lice and developed eggs. Then, remove the shower cap and throw it away, both of you
wash your hands good with soap, and shampoo the hair thoroughly. It may take two or more shampoos to get the hair clean.
Loosen the Eggs
After shampooing, rinse the hair and scalp with vinegar. This loosens the glue that holds the nits onto the hair shafts. Rinse with hot water - but not so
hot it that burns the child.
Get the Eggs Out
Comb all of the tangles out of the hair with a regular comb, then comb the hair with a nit comb. You can buy this in the drug store, next to the lice shampoos.
Check the Hair
When you think you are done, you want to use good lighting to check throughly the hair once it is dry. (The nits are much easier to see on dry hair.) Nits are very small and are kind of shiny at a certain angle. They are on the hair shaft itself, with the newest ones being just off the scalp and older ones being as much as an inch away from the scalp. You will have to check the hair by tiny sections, especially around the edges of the hair, at the neck, and behind the ears - although one could be anywhere. If you find any nits, you can pull them off with your fingernails, comb them off with the nit comb, or cut each hair off that contains a nit. Be sure to put each nit or hair into a bowl of vinegar or hot soapy water with ammonia added.
If you see more than a few nits, you can use a vinegar wrap to further loosen their glue. Thoroughly wet a towel with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, wrap the childís head with the towel, and leave it on for one hour. Let the hair dry, then check for nits again.
Eyebrows and Eyelashes
If there are any nits on the eyelashes or eyebrows, you can coat these thoroughly with Vaseline without harm. This should be re-applied four times a day.
You will need to check the hair daily for any missed nits and the teeniest ones that have now become large enough to see. If one living nit remains, it could hatch and start the whole process over again, bringing on about eight new eggs per day.
Spread the Word
Every other person in the household will need to be checked - human lice do not live on animals (and vice versa). And, it is only polite to let the parents of any children your child was in contact with know that they should inspect their own children. This sounds embarrassing, but it would be terrible to let any other children get more and more lice before their parents notice on their own. Also, you do not want any of these children giving lice back to your child. It is especially important to inform the school office and your childís teacher.
If you are continuing to find nits, you should smother the hair with mayonnaise or Vaseline seven to ten days after the first application - not the sixth or the eleventh. And, continue to check the hair daily for a few weeks since your child may still be around an infected child or children at school.
Clothes, Combs, Etc.
Your childís hair is not your only worry. All of the clothing that your child has worn and towels your child use for the last week should be washed in hot water. If there is some item that will shrink in the washer, you can put it through the dryer on the hot cycle for thirty minutes without washing it first. All bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, comforter, mattress cover) needs to either be washed in hot water, dried dry on the hot cycle, or put into a plastic bag and left sealed up. (They say that lice can only live away from the human host for 24 hours or so, but we like to keep the bags sealed for at least two weeks - just in case - and because more eggs could hatch during this time period or new lice could be brought home.) Bagging will also be necessary for stuffed animals, hats, throw pillows, barrettes, ponytail holders, hair ribbons, helmets, necklaces and anything else that has come in contact with your child or your childís comb and brush. A very nice comb or brush can be soaked in very hot vinegar or bleach, but you might want to just throw the others away and buy new ones. Vacuum the mattress, couch, chairs, rugs and floors, car seats and backs, car rugs, and upholstered church pews thoroughly then dispose of the vacuum bag.
Natural Lice Spray
There is probably no need for a spray to kill lice on any of these surfaces if you vacuumed thoroughly. If you feel there is a place you could not vacuum, bag, wash or put in the dryer, you can make your own spray that will be much safer than any on the market. The chemical sprays are poisonous. To a base of three tablespoons of Olive Carrier Oil (or coconut oil), add one teaspoon of Tea Tree Essential Oil, one teaspoon of Rosemary Essential Oil, one teaspoon of Peppermint Essential Oil, one teaspoon of Lavender Essential Oil, and one teaspoon of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. If this is too thick for your sprayer, you can thin it down a little with water. You would not want to drink this solution (or leave it around for a little one to drink), but it should not leave anything harmful on your furniture or in the air.
Notes: 1) The respiration of a baby or child under 5 can be slowed down or even stopped if peppermint oil is close enough for the baby to even breathe it. 2) High blood pressure may be elevated by peppermint essential oil. 3) Peppermint or rosemary may be harmful during pregnancy. Just use the recipe without the oil that may be harmful in your case.
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