Sure, there is no shortage of dangerous and contagious viruses and bacterias to keep a parent awake at night, but often times the thing that gives us the heebee jeebees, to use a professional term, are head lice! Just the thought of those little critters crawling on your scalp, feasting on blood, and laying eggs is enough to make one scratch their head like crazy!
While the problem of head lice is not limited to children, they are often the ones to suffer from it most because of being in schools and daycares which put them in close proximity to other children who might have the problem. After all, it's hard to quarantine a child, with or without lice, and keep them from sharing hats, toys, and other items which make the transfer of lice easier than in adults.
Symptoms of head lice usually start with an itchy scalp. The best thing to do then is to inspect the hair for tiny sesame seed sized critters, or oval/round specks which are the nits/eggs. They can range in color from white, brown, or dark gray. Back of the neck and ears are their favorite places to congregate. Also, wetting the hair makes spotting them easier.
Now that your nightmare has come true, the second step is to find effective ways to cure the problem. There are many over-the-counter shampoos and creams on the market, but most of them are pesticide ridden chemicals that probably shouldn't be anywhere near your or your child's head. A home remedy is the way to go here!
One natural and safe method involves using common household items like mouthwash (which lice despise the smell of) and white vinegar. The steps are pretty simple too! Try out this amazing DIY remedy the next time you or your child has lice - and say goodbye to those little pests, without breaking the bank!
Step 1: Completely drench hair with mouthwash and cover with a tight fitting shower cap. Wait 1 hour.
Step 2: Rinse the hair
Step 3: Completely drench hair with white vinegar and cover with a tight fitting shower cap. Wait 1 hour.
Step 4: Shampoo as usual.
Step 5: Use a lice comb to thoroughly brush through the wet hair and remove the eggs and dead lice.
Lice eggs, or nits, tend to hatch every 9-10 days - so make sure to repeat the process a few more times to make sure you get all the critters!
Here is a great video sharing three other effective home remedies for lice control!
Even though lice don't carry any disease or are life threatening like other crazy germs, no one wants a parasite on their head. The best thing would be to experience life without ever dealing with lice, but if you do find yourself in their company, we hope this article gave you a bit more information to nip the problem at the bud rather than panic!