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Home remedies for children's lice: do they work?

Home remedies for children's lice: do they work?


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Around lice, those annoying and uncomfortable parasites that choose as residence the heads of some children, different and varied myths, methods and home practices have emerged that are not always recommended or beneficial for children. Some parents, desperate to eliminate lice and nits, are able to adopt some techniques that are not always effective in fighting lice.

Many parents tell us that they perform techniques, often absurd, to completely eliminate head lice from their children. Some put alcohol on the head and then cover it for a few minutes with a hat. According to the pharmacist Cristina Abascal, there is nothing scientifically proven that this technique offers an effective result. Alcohol does not eliminate lice or nits that are glued with 'cement' to the hair. The nits, according to Abascal, must be dragged with the tips of the fingers or with the nits.

Here are some home remedies that some parents use to combat and eliminate lice or nits:

1- Eliminate lice with olive oil
Some parents tell us that they apply 4 tablespoons of olive oil to their children's heads as a measure to suffocate the lice. Then, they cover the head with a plastic cap or towel and allow three to four hours to pass. The same operation is repeated three or four times a week.
Other parents mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of lavender oil. The process is the same, that is, cover the head with a hat and leave it on the child's head for 3 or 4 hours.

2- Fight lice with vinegar
Typically, parents use apple cider vinegar to get rid of lice. Half a glass of vinegar is mixed with a tablespoon of thyme essence and applied all over the child's head. The head is massaged well with this mixture and then put on a plastic cap and let it act for about 5 hours.
Another technique is to add 4 tablespoons of vinegar to the hair rinse water to help remove nits.

3- Avoid itching from lice with tea tree oil
This method is well known and used by parents. A few drops of tea tree oil are mixed into children's shampoo, or applied directly to children's hair with the help of a cotton ball, minutes before washing. This remedy is used to prevent the itching caused by lice and with that the child scratches and can be injured.

These, like other methods that contemplate the use of eucalyptus leaves, garlic or oils, are not scientifically proven. Cristina Abascal reveals that not one of them can completely eliminate lice or nits. Lice are easier to remove, but nits only through a pharmaceutical product used in conjunction with a nit fish. Vinegar, according to her, can be useful in fighting nits because it helps to detach it more easily from the hair, as well as from the combs or other utensils in contact with the hair. It does NOT kill lice but it does help clean utensils. She insists that for an anti-lice treatment to be effective, it is necessary to follow step by step each anti-lice treatment of the product that has been purchased.

If you want to know more about lice, we have prepared a series of lice and head lice videos with an expert who will give you a lot of information about what they are, how to prevent them and how to treat them.

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