When Your Kid Comes Home With Head Lice: What You Can Do
As a parent, there are many worst case scenarios that you hope to avoid when you are caring for your children. Head lice often ranks pretty high on the list. These pests are not only troublesome and difficult to get rid of, they can also be embarrassing to both you and your child. If your child comes home with head lice, you will want to get rid of the lice as quickly and efficiently as possible. Get to know some of the ways that you can do just that so that you can help your child overcome their head lice and get back to their regular life and activities.
Use a Lice Comb
Sometimes, you can remove all of the lice from your child's hair just by combing them out using a specially designed lice comb. These combs are available through medical supply companies or at your local drug store.
To be effective, you will need to use the comb at least twice a day, in the morning and at night, Be sure to section off their hair and comb through all of it each time. This method will take several weeks, possibly even months to be effective at getting rid of all of the head lice.
Use Oils To Smother The Lice
Many people also opt to combine the use of a lice comb with basic oils or essential oils to smother the lice and make it easier to comb them out of hair. Standard olive oil that you have in your kitchen can be useful. What you want to do is put small amounts of olive oil on the lice comb or on your child's hair and run the comb through their hair with the oil on there as well.
The oil will essentially slow or stun the lice making them easier to remove from the hair. After combing with the oil, you will want to thoroughly wash your child's hair as well. Then, sanitize all of the towels you used as well as the comb for use again. This treatment should also be done twice a day.
Hot Air Treatments to Dehydrate the Lice
Lice treatment centers and other medical offices can also provide you with assistance in ridding your child of head lice. One of the methods that they can use is a treatment that uses hot air to dry out (dehydrate) the lice which causes them to die off and gets your child lice free.
The treatment involves the use of a special device that blows hot air at a specific temperature, speed, and force for the optimal results. While this may sound like an unlikely treatment option, clinical trials did show that it is highly effective at eradicating head lice and nits. In fact, one study showed that 94.8 percent of lice and eggs were killed in a single treatment session with the hot air device.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can help your child when they come home with head lice, you can be prepared if and when this happens to you.