If you are the parent of a preschooler or an elementary school aged child then you would know how frustrating it can be if your child develops head lice. It is a common occurrence for most children between the ages of three to ten and cannot be avoided as children often sit next to each other making it easy for the head lice to get transmitted from one child to other. Apart from making the affected want to scratch the head continuously, these louse stay in the head of the child and multiply to the extent that soon all the family members will get them too. Although there are sever over the counter medications for treating head lice, many of them are not very safe. It is advisable not to expose your children to unnatural chemicals as far as possible. Anyways, the good news is that there are a number of natural home remedies one can use to treat this condition. Given below are some natural remedies for treating head lice.
- Saturate the hair with Vinegar and wash after an hour. Do it 2-3 days to completely remove lice from hair. You may add few drops of baby oil in vinegar if you want.
- Apply mayonnaise on the head evenly and wash it off after an hour.
- Add a teaspoon of tea tree oil in 25 ml shampoo. Use this mixture on a daily basis for a week to shampoo the hair of the child.
- Mix half a lemon juice in a small bowl of butter and apply this mixture on the head of the child. Keep it on the head for about thirty minutes and then wash it off.
- Another home remedy involves with applying onion juice over the head and shampoo after 3-4 hours. Do it twice in a week.
- Paste of garlic and lemon juice should be applied on head for getting rid of head lice.
Apart from this, use an herbal shampoo made specially to kill head lice. Also make sure the child has separate combs and towel. Make sure to change the pillow covers and bed sheets on the childs bedroom often. Cutting the hair very short also can help. All these natural remedies for head lice are safe to use and do not put your child at the risk of exposing them to many chemicals that are found in over-the-counter head lice medications.