According to the papers head lice has reached epidemic proportions in Ireland now, not surprised quite frankly with what’s been going down (or up!) in our household. Here are my tips for treatment.
Actually I think lice do share somethings in common with the meaning of LIFE. It’s a topic I could talk about with those who I know are struggling with the same issue, usually in private, and both have reduced me to anguished tears.
It took me ages to whisper ‘I’m treating my kids for lice – beware (sorry)!’. Honestly we have struggled with it on and off for over two years now, I am an expert in the field and have enough experience to write my Doctorate on the subject. Imagine Dr Liberty (phd- Freedom from Lice)!
I can safely say we have worked our way through all the products on the shelf in the pharmacy as well as all the ‘tried and trusted’ home remedies. I have washed and combed and laundered and combed and shampooed (and did I mention combed?) until I was a blubbering pile of self pity on the kitchen floor.
The nasty critters suck not only the blood from your kids but the hours from your week in combing time, cos I can tell you it’s no joke working through four heads of long hair. I accept that this may be an ongoing battle until the day that my youngest child finally leaves home.
Then my children can take their nasty little pets away with them.
In the meantime:
My 6 TOP TIPS for dealing with Lice and Nits:
- Check regularily!
- Tie long hair up and spray heads with a solution of tea tree oil in the mornings.
- Comb (using a specialised very fine toothed lice comb) your kids once a week on a Friday after school to check for any unwanted passengers. Don’t forget to check yourself too as they tend to flick off when you comb and can land on your clothes only to crawl up on to your head, bleugh! I would do this in the bathroom with my child seated next to the basin so that I can rinse the comb after each stroke.
- Wear an apron when you comb your child and remove it straight afterwards to be washed.
- If you find lice you can treat heads with a lice treatment product but I have found that coating their heads in any cheap conditioner and leave covered in a tight fitting shower cap or cling film for an hour and combing out any smothered lice just as effective a method and much less harsh on their heads.
- Nits (lice eggs) hate heat so use hair straighteners to fry those eggs! Using a hair dryer also helps but be careful of not scorching your child too (obvs).
- After three days check and comb again.
- Lice can live off the head for 24 hours so you need to thoroughly clean any hairbrushes and change bedding (I iron pillowcases).
DON’T GIVE UP CHECKING whatever you do!
On other topics:
I found this to be the best way to teach my kids how to shop for and cook their own meals. You can read about it here.
And afterwards treat yourself with this BEST EVER 15 minute chocolate biscuit cake. YUM!!