Since the start of the current academic year, we have been plagued by the dreaded head lice. I’ve spent more than £70 on over the counter treatments in just 5 months. No matter how hard I try, both of the children come home from school with the telltale itch within days of being cleared. It’s exhausting and infuriating for both myself and the children. .
Head lice and school-age children go hand in hand. It’s just one of those things that tend to occur when children start school and mingle with others more than ever before, but that doesn’t make it any easier for those affected. The past five months have seen weekly, if not twice weekly, head lice checks. This usually
Some of the suggestions from our Facebook followers included –
- Washing hair with brown vinegar.
- Coating hair in baby oil before combing through with a nit comb.
- Washing hair with apple cider vinegar.
- Coating hair in coconut oil.
- NitWits head lice combing solution (aff).
- Nitty Gritty head lice comb (aff).
- Coating hair in olive oil.
Kellie Kearney from My Little Babog advised me to use tea tree shampoo, she said – ‘the only thing that seems to work here is cheap Tesco tea tree conditioner, a nitty gritty comb and a heap of patience. We do it for
Tanya Barrow from Mummy Barrow gave me some great advice on prevention. She said ‘once gone a quick spritz of hairspray over the hair every morning will stop them coming back’.
Clare Nicholas has a fantastic blog post about head lice over on her blog, Emmy’s Mummy. There seems to be a stigma attached to head lice and I’m so pleased that I’m not the only one attempting to break down the barriers by openly discussing the dreaded creepy crawlies online.
Some of the methods listed above I had never even heard of! I have always used over the counter treatments and a Nitty Gritty head lice comb. I also spray each child’s hair with Vosene Conditioning Defence Spray (aff) after every wash. I was fascinated to discover far more natural remedies which cost a fraction of the price of pharmaceutical treatments. It’s safe to say I have now stocked up on vinegar and oils ready for when the nits strike again.
Do you have any treatment or prevention tips that aren’t listed above? Please feel free to pop a comment below and let me know. I will try anything to abolish nits from our home for good!