Chemical-free solutions to treat head lice

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00

The appearance of head lice is an issue this year once again. This can be very frustrating if you're regularly treating your children and others aren't. Unfortunately some children seem to be more prone to attracting them than others. It's said that head lice are attracted to clean healthy hair. So there's no need to be embarrassed if your child has them.

Are they spreading more easily today than they did in past years because children have a lot more sleepovers now? Children are often seen head to head looking at phones, taking selfies, and playing video games. In our parents' past they probably spread more easily because they slept six in the bed and not because they were on a sleepover!

If you're looking for natural chemical-free solutions here are some options.

Licener Head Lice treatment shampoo is a clinically proven treatment to kill both the head lice and the eggs in one treatment. Licener has proven its effectiveness through clinical studies done on children suffering with head lice. It's easy to use: you simply apply to dry hair and leave for 10 minutes and then rinse. Combing will remove the dead lice/eggs. The active ingredient in Licener is Neem which is a natural insecticide. It's suitable for 2 years plus.

Another option is NittyGritty head lice solution to kill head lice. Use on tangle-free dry hair, leave for 20 minutes and gently comb the solution through the hair with a plastic nit comb. Repeat after 10 days. When you have successfully cleared the lice you can use Nitty Gritty head lice defence spray every day to prevent the re-infection.

The Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb is available if you don't want to use any treatments. It will remove the eggs which stick to the hair shaft, as well as removing the live lice. The comb is a once off purchase. You just need to persevere and comb the hair regularly. However, to get the best results, use it with the Nitty Gritty head lice solution.

Many parents use Atlantic Tea Tree oil, a natural insecticide, simply add a couple of drops to your shampoo and use as normal. You can add several drops to a spray bottle of water and spray your child's head daily as a preventative treatment.

I wish you luck in your battle against head lice.

Wexford People

Read More