Let’s immediately dispel the belief that these little parasites like dirty hair and that they jump from one head to the other: in reality, they don’t know how to jump and they love clean places. They transmit through combs, brushes, scarves, and hats. Here are all the useful tips to keep them away from children’s hair.
What are Lice?
A real nightmare for mothers, head lice are small, grayish-white parasites that children often come into contact with when they start attending school and hanging out with their peers. These are small insects that, in order to survive, need to colonize the scalp where they deposit and lay eggs called nits.
Lice can be harmful to health. Especially, the great itching is due to their sting. To avoid the annoying headache, and the various problems that derive from it (starting from the lesions of the scalp), it is very important, first of all, to inspect the head suspected of pediculosis well, with good lighting and with a magnifying glass.
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How Do You Know You Have Lice?
First of all, great itching is one of the most obvious signs. Lice live about a month and multiply quickly, depositing many eggs/nits, similar to dandruff in color and size, which hatch giving life to the small and reddish nymphs, before maturing into the adult, black form, of about 2 / 4mm. Head lice love to live on the nape of the neck and on the back of the head, behind the ears.
Natural Remedies for Lice and Nits
To eradicate lice there are not only products on the market: here are some natural remedies that will allow you to prevent or eliminate lice from children’s hair.
Once they come into contact with pillows, blankets, caps, towels, and clothing. It is best to wash everything at a temperature above 60 degrees.
1. Fine-Lined Comb
Buy a fine-meshed comb and pass it over the children ‘s heads every day. This will serve to see if there are nits (which will remain trapped) and to act in a timely manner. It can be useful to wet the comb in vinegar and pass it through the hair of the children. This operation not only removes the nits but prevents the arrival of new lice.
2. Vinegar Lotion
With vinegar, you can also prepare a lotion with white wine, in equal parts, and then pour the same after washing your hair, on damp hair. Distribute well and then wrap the hair in a plastic bag for about 10 minutes. Finally, rinse with water and that’s it.
3. Vinegar and Mayonnaise
Take a portion of vinegar and two of mayonnaise and mix them in a bowl: thus prepare an excellent mixture for this problem. Sprinkle the mixture over your hair and scalp and let it sit for 2 hours. Then rinse with warm water and detangle your hair with the lice comb. Once a week rinse the children’s hair with a glass of vinegar: it is able to disinfect the part of the hair to which the nits stick.
4. Eucalyptus Infusion
Eucalyptus also appears to be disliked by lice. Boil some water and then add some eucalyptus leaves. Leave to infuse for a quarter of an hour and then pour the infusion over the entire length of the hair and on the scalp: the lice will soon be eliminated.
5. Garlic Infusion
Garlic also has an excellent action against pediculosis and has antibiotic power. Hang a head and immerse it in boiling water. Let it rest for 2 hours, filter the water and then pour the garlic infusion on the head. Cover with a cloth and leave for a whole night.
6. Rosemary Infusion
Rosemary has a truly enormous cleansing and strengthening power. With an infusion, prepared with dried leaves of the latter immersed in boiling water, it is possible to thoroughly clean the hair, perhaps using a fine-toothed comb that facilitates the removal of insects and eggs.
7. Tea Tree Oil
This essential oil, with antiseptic action, is able to suffocate lice and nits and thus prevent their spread. Another method is then that which consists in mixing a little neutral shampoo, preferably formulated with natural ingredients, with a few drops of essential oil that is the enemy of lice: for example, lavender, mint, or eucalyptus.
Natural Lotion Against Lice
And speaking of essential oils, here’s how to prepare a DIY lotion at home, based on natural ingredients, able to eliminate lice. Let’s see together how to proceed:
- Olive oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Lavender essential oil
Method (For 100 g of lotion)
Mix together 89 grams of olive oil, 10 grams of tea tree essential oil, and 1 gram of lavender essential oil. You can proportionally scale the doses based on need and quantity.
Apply the lotion to the scalp and massage for about 10 minutes. After this time, cover your head with a plastic cap and let it act for another 10 minutes. Next, with the help of a lice comb, remove the parasites and their eggs.
At this point, you just have to proceed with the shampoo. Use the product once every seven days, for a period not exceeding three weeks.
Note: Avoid using the lotion in case of ailments or injuries to the scalp and to avoid any irritation always seek the advice of your doctor before proceeding.
Tips To Prevent Lice
Head lice occur mainly during spring and autumn and, to prevent them from attacking your baby’s hair, follow these simple but effective precautions:
- Tell your children to avoid head-to-head contact with other children, so as to avoid the spread of the problem.
- You shouldn’t share hats, headphones, earphones, combs, or anything else that can facilitate the passage of these insects. Combs and brushes should be periodically disinfected in hot water and bicarbonate.
- Add Neem oil to your usual shampoo to wash your little one’s hair. Neem oil lowers the pH of the skin and creates an unfavorable environment for lice, also facilitating their detachment from the hair.
- In the morning, before they go to school, you can apply essences of thyme and tea tree oil behind the ears and on the nape of the children’s necks, which wards off these annoying insects.
Wash combs, brushes, and clips at least once a week. It is necessary to wash all objects that come into contact with the hair by keeping them immersed in boiling water with mild detergent for a couple of hours.