by Christina Snider – Staff Writer
For many parents, the head louse is literally the bane of their existence. This tiny, wingless insect lives on human hairs and feeds on tiny amounts of blood taken from the scalp. Even though this might sound absolutely disgusting, lice tend to be a common issue amongst school children. Even though girls get head lice more often than boys, both can be plagued by the parasite.
Sure, lice won’t spread a bunch of diseases around, and they aren’t dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you want them hanging around your home. On the other hand, they are contagious and extremely aggravating. One bite can cause your child’s scalp to itch and become inflamed. If your little one continues itching, it can cause infection and skin irritation. No parent wants to see their child suffer with all of the side effects of head lice.
If you are tired of spending hundreds of dollars on lice shampoo, and not getting the results you desire, there is an alternative. It wasn’t all that long ago that we were dealing with the dreaded head louse. With two little girls in the home who have long hair, we were spending more than $100 every time we had to treat them. While we were doing our part, other parents in school weren’t doing theirs. Talk about going broke fast.
After spending hours dealing with treatments, combing and checking their hair, we decided there had to be something better out there to treat the dreaded pest. If you are tired of spending a fortune on head lice shampoos and you want a healthier alternative, give the information below a shot. You will be glad you did.
Gather the following supplies:
- Listerine mouthwash (off-brands work just fine as well)
- White vinegar
- Shower cap or plastic bags from the grocery store
- A couple towels
- Lice comb
Simple how-to instructions:
Even though they don’t recommend using the blue or green mouthwash on blondes, we did and didn’t have any problems. Douse your child’s head with as much Listerine as needed to completely wet their head.
Once their head is completely drenched, gather their hair and put a plastic grocery bag, or shower cap, over it and leave it sit for at least an hour. We just used a few grocery bags to keep the wetness in and placed a towel around their shoulders. Children can play and do whatever you like. Just make sure to form a tight seal around their scalp to keep the lice in.
After enough time has passed, carefully remove the bags. You might be surprised at how many dead head lice are in the bags. Definitely not what you want to see, but at least you know it is doing the job.
Carefully rinse the mouthwash from their hair. Douse their head with the white vinegar. Reapply the bags again. Let it sit for another hour.
After an hour, take the bags off carefully. Rinse the vinegar from their hair. Shampoo as normal.
Once done, comb their hair using the lice comb. The vinegar helps to loosen the glue on the eggs, so that way you can easily comb them out.
The smell of the Listerine will help to keep them away. Lice especially don’t like the smell of spearmint, so you can put a bit of Listerine in a spray bottle with some water and spray your little one’s hair before they head to school.
Sure, you might spend a few hours doing the entire treatment, but you aren’t shoving a bunch of harsh chemicals into your little one’s bloodstream. Yeah, all of that lice medication goes straight through the scalp and into their system. Not something we were willing to deal with.
This healthy, safe alternative only costs a few dollars, but the results last for quite some time. After one treatment, we never had lice again. A few spritzes of the spearmint/water combo every morning was all it took to keep them away. Not only will your kids be protected, but their hair will be smooth, shiny and great-smelling. Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed.
Original article posted on UndergroundHealth.com