Once you enter the world of parenthood head lice is going to happen more than once, I can pretty much guarantee it! Whilst there’s no health threats to be afraid of, head lice or ‘nits’ as its most commonly known can be an absolute nightmare to get rid of!! So, I thought I would impart with you, after 3 children of my own and having owned 2 child care centres for almost two decades, what I find works best when dealing with these annoyingly nasty hitchhikers.
I have tried everything and anything to deal with nits and trust me all you need is the ‘nit comb’… it will become your lifesaver when nits hit. For the quickest and best results, this is what I do.
Give your child’s hair a good wash with whatever shampoo you prefer, I like to use an organic shampoo and conditioner on my girls’ hair. After washing their hair, towel dry it and then start combing with the nit comb. Be prepared because to do it properly, it does take a long time but to make it easier for yourself section the hair to make it more methodical. When combing, make sure to comb the entire length of their hair, from their scalp right to the ends to catch all the eggs and existing lice that may be there.
Make sure to do their entire scalp, and clean the nit comb after each section has been completed. Try your best not to miss a spot, because it will end up rendering the whole process useless. Once I’m done with the nit comb I dry their hair and then use either eucalyptus spray or hair spray and spray their entire scalp, because lice hate the smell of hair that has any type of product in it. Make sure to repeat the process after a week’s time and don’t forget to sterilise the comb once you are done using it!!
It’s also important to treat the WHOLE family after one child has come home with nits, even if they may not be displaying any signs of having them. Head lice travels extremely quickly, so making sure that everyone gets treated can sometimes help to prevent the whole family from being infected.