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Lice - Home Remedies



No matter how careful, clean and particular you are at home, children can very easily get lice from friends and classmates. Here's what you can do


Lice. The very word sends you reaching for your head in dismay. No matter how careful, clean and particular you are at home, children can very easily get lice from friends and classmates. And, don't forget, if you don't catch the parasites in time, your children may unwittingly pass the lice on to you and to other family members.


Check

Make it a matter of routine to check your child's hair for lice once a week. It doesn't take more than five minutes, and the exercise helps you bond with your child as you can spend time combing her hair or giving her a head massage. The earlier you find out your child has lice, the easier it will be for you to get rid of them, and the lesser the chances that the lice may spread.

Don't wait until your child starts scratching her head before you check for lice. Often, your child has had lice for a while before her scalp starts itching, and as a result, lice can go unnoticed for days - unless you check her head regularly.

The best thing you can do to treat lice is to detect it early.


Medicated treatments

Yes, there are medicated treatments in the market that kill the lice, but the problem is that lice are developing immunity to these products all too soon. As a result, stronger and stronger medication is being used every time. Don't kid yourself into thinking that these treatments are safe for your child. They contain pesticides. Some, for example, contain the insecticide permethrin, which has been classified as a carcinogen by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so it is advisable that you check the composition. In addition, this may not kill the eggs, and as a result, you may be required to use it once a week, for around 3-4 weeks, before all the lice are finally destroyed.


Home remedies

You could try opting for home remedies, but although a lot of people have reported success, an equal number of people have said that home remedies haven't helped. They are, however, worth a try before opting for a pesticide.

Visit any home store that sells essential oils, and pick up a bottle each of rosemary, tea tree and lavender oil. Take 20 drops of each of these oils and put them in measuring cup. Now, add vinegar and double the amount of olive oil so you have half a cup of the mixture. Apply this to your child's scalp and leave on overnight. Wash off the next morning, and apply any leftover mixture to your child's head the next night.

People have also reported positive results using only vinegar and olive oil, so if you cannot find the essential oils, skip them.


Wash

It is likely that your child's bed sheets, pillows, towels etc are infested with lice or nits, so make sure you put them all for a wash. Soak them well in hot water, let them dry in the sun, and iron. Wash all hairbrushes and combs daily, until your child's lice have gone.


Heat

Shampoo your own hair, and blow dry, concentrating on the scalp. Follow up with a hair iron. If any of the lice has passed on to you, this should kill it.

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Lucky.4 years ago
Recently my daughter caught with lice and whole night she is scratching her head like that, i tried mediker, after two weeks again she got more and now the hair is full with knits, how to overcome, can anyone help me plszzzz
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kirti.7 years ago
thanks for the home remedy. my daughter has lice. i used mediker, next week will try the home remedy and see.
 
 
 
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Benita Dua.7 years ago
good tip, though slightly complicated in terms of ingredients required as well as proportions. another solution is to dry and coarsly grind custard-apple seeds. soak them overnight in any oil good to be used in the hair. (olive oil or coconut is a good option. ) apply the concotion the next night without seiving(filtering). leave overnight and wash the next day. incase lice have persisted for some time, repeat the process 2-3 times. it definately helps.
 
 
 
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Teddie.7 years ago
my youngest child has had lice for the third time in the last two months. i have used all of the over the counter oils and medications, so i took her to the doctor and they gave her some ovide 0.5% lotion, that did a little better, then i tried mayonnaise, after applying that to her hair and scalp and letting it sit for about five minutes, then i was able to comb the lice and nits out with a lice comb.
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KrishG.7 years ago
i have looked at the ingredients in mediker and it does not mention permethrin at all. why do you say it has that substance? what is your proof?
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mother.7 years ago
hi instead of olive and coconut oil you can use neem oil. just warm it and apply it in the night. morning if you want you can wash. apply 3 times in a week. u can see the results. if you want you can wash ur hairs with mediker too. but do oil massage with neem oil.
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Sona.7 years ago
some tested home remedy from india is to take a bunch of tulasi leaves and places them in the hair nad tie hair with a towel n leave overnight. all the louse will fall on the towel in the morning. repeat this on alternate days.it helps,,,
 
 
 
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star.7 years ago
please help
 
 
 
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