Treating lice can be a headache. This past summer we had a small attack from what is being called, “super lice”. We were in the midst of a very busy season and I didn’t want to chance myself with trying something new to see if it would work, so I went and bought the expensive lice medicine from the drug store. I didn’t like the thought of using such strong chemicals on her head but I needed to get rid of these bad boys fast. Two, yes, two treatments! They were still there!
So I went a different route. One that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg.
Here are 5 Budget Friendly Ways to Treat Lice
Coconut oil – Saturate the hair in coconut oil and wrapped the head in plastic wrap. A shower cap would work as well. In the morning we washed the hair and then I went through her hair to get any nits that I found. This will take a bit of time and you will need to nit pick a few days in the week. You can use a lice comb if you want but the hair that I was working on was so fine that I just used a regular comb and my fingers.
Rosemary Shampoo– We used this shampoo for a long time after the second round of treatment. The rosemary keep the nits from attaching to the root of the hair.
Tea Tree Oil– After washing the hair we then put some tea tree oil and rubbed it through the hair. Lice do not like the smell so they will not want to come near your child’s head again. If you don’t want to use the coconut oil you can just go with this oil but the two together work great.
This oil is amazing for so many things and if you don’t have a bottle you need to get one or two.
You can also buy rosemary shampoo with tea tree oil in it!
Black Trash Bags– No, we didn’t use a trash bag to put over her head at night, that wouldn’t have been very nice. But you will need a lot of trash bags. The more toys and stuffed animals your child has the more bags you will need. You will want to put all toys and things that can’t be washed in the trash bags. Tie then nice and tight and put away for at least 2 weeks. It takes one to two weeks for the eggs to hatch so you want to make sure those bad boys don’t survive. If you have a nice warm place to put the bags that is even better. We ended up putting the bags in our attic.
Listerine – Before putting the toys and stuffed animals in the bags, spray then really well with Listerine. You will also want to make sure the mattresses are sprayed as well.
I retreated the hair twice with coconut oil just to be on the safe side.
When your child has lice it isn’t the end of the world. It is a lot of work, but you will get through it. I really did enjoy the one on one time with the child when I was literally nit picking.
Take a deep breath, cry if you want ( I did) and push forward.