Say nuts to nits

Try sim­ple home reme­dies be­fore tak­ing the harsh chem­i­cal route

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­

EEEEK! Your child has come home with nits and head lice. It hap­pens to most of us. Luck­ily, al­though they are a pain, there are a few easy ways of get­ting rid of nits and lice us­ing prod­ucts from your cup­board at home.

A good thing all par­ents should have at home at all times is a lice comb. They are avail­able from your lo­cal phar­macy for just a few dol­lars.

Most nits and lice seem to like the nape of the neck and in­fect there first, so check there first.

The best de­scrip­tion of the crit­ters I can think of is “large white pep­per’’ in the hair. But you will see the lice ac­tu­ally crawl­ing around.

If your child has them at school then usu­ally the school will give you a call to come and col­lect your child.

Don’t worry, they have seen it all be­fore.

Ask them to show you so you can see what you are look­ing for – most schools are happy to work with par­ents on this is­sue, so don’t feel icky about it.

If nits are go­ing around it is a good idea to check your chil­dren’s hair reg­u­larly.

There are some home reme­dies for nits and lice. When the kids are in the bath, pour plain white vine­gar through their hair (be care­ful you don’t get it in their eyes, it will sting).

Leave it in overnight and wash it out in the morn­ing and comb through with a nit comb.

You will need to re­peat this method three to four days later. Use a cheap conditioner and cover the kids’ hair with a shower cap and leave it for a few hours.

Then comb through with a nit comb to re­move eggs.

You will have to re­peat three or four days later in case you missed any eggs. May­on­naise is meant to work in the same way as the conditioner method above – and it makes your hair lovely and shiny.

Olive oil also works by smoth­er­ing the lice and the eggs. Mas­sage through to the scalp – leave for a few hours if you can – and then wash thor­oughly.

Use a comb to re­move what’s left.

If you have Sel­sun Blue or Sel­sun Gold (anti-dan­druff sham­poos), wash your child’s hair with the Sel­sun and leave in the hair for 30 min­utes (place a shower cap on to pre­vent the soap get­ting into their eyes), then wash out, con­di­tion and use a lice comb.

◗ If they come home scratch­ing their heads it’s pos­si­ble they have a lice in­fes­ta­tion.

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