When your child comes down with head lice (as most elementary school aged children eventually do), you’ll have to have some sort of treatment in mind and available for immediate use. The sooner you start treating lice, the better, because you don’t want them to form a large colony with plenty of eggs on your child’s head. The more lice there are, the harder they will be to get rid of. You may be concerned about the chemicals in traditional lice shampoo.
Fortunately, there are some natural lice treatments that really do work.
A. Shave your child’s head.
This is actually king among natural lice treatments, as it’s so simple and easy. But you want to be careful about what sort of child you use this on. You can’t very well shave a girl’s head (unless she’s a huge tomboy and doesn’t care), because for most girls, their hair is a great source of self-esteem and identity for them. You can do it with some boys who are used to having short hair anyway, and having a shaved head makes it easy to pick out the remaining lice and eggs so they don’t come back.
B. Just comb the lice out.
This is the manual method of natural lice treatments. It takes some time, but is well worth it, because you won’t have to make a mess and no chemicals are necessary. You simply buy a large metal toothed comb (which is best for finely separating hairs from each other), and go through every inch of your child’s head in sections, pulling off lice and eggs wherever you see them. Dispose of the lice in a plastic bag that can be sealed, and then throw it away in a location outside the house. Do this over several weeks, and your child will be lice free.
This is one of the nicest smelling of the natural lice treatments, as tea tree oil has a pleasant, minty smell. Saturate your child’s head with the oil, cover it overnight with a plastic shower cap, and then rinse it out the next day, being sure to comb out lice afterward. Do this every few days for a couple of weeks, and you’ll find that the lice are soon gone. They can’t breathe under the tee tree oil. Just make sure to dilute it with some water before putting it in your child’s hair.
As you can see, there are several effective natural lice treatments that work.
If you are determined to not use chemicals on your child’s head, then these are the best options to work with. They are easy enough to use, and will definitely get rid of the lice just as well as a chemical-laden shampoo will. Give them a try and see how well they work. You’ll be surprised and glad you went natural.