Every task seems amplified when your child has lice. Doing her hair for the day? Better change your brush. Drying his hair? Better get out the special towel. Sending them off to their mom or dad’s for the next few days (or week)? *Insert incoherent panic here*
Lice combs have been around for centuries. When combs from the first century were discovered the archeologists thought they were just beautiful combs that were used every day.
If you try to drown lice, you would need to keep them submerged for more than 8 straight hours in order to ensure they have indeed drowned. No coming up for air. Adult lice can “hold their breath” for up to 8 hours – they close their air holes and stay where they are until they can breathe again.
As you can probably imagine the word lice would totally devastate any teenager. Your teenager will think this is the end of the world!!! They will think they are dirty and that if their friends find out they will be an outcast.
Does tea tree oil really work against head lice? The short answer is no. In our experience we have observed that lice don’t like the smell of the tea tree oil. But to kill lice the answer is no. It really is only good as a preventative measure.
What do people typically do for head lice? They often turn to over-the-counter gels, lotions and creams for treating lice. These are topical treatments applied to the head and left on for a few minutes or hours, and then rinsed off. Are these lice treatments the best? Do they even actually work?
Olive oil is great for many reasons. Killing or removing lice isn’t one of them. There’s a home remedy doing the rounds, though. It requires you to combine olive oil with conditioner and liquid soap, apply it to your hair, leave it on for a few hours, rinse hair with vinegar, use a lice comb to remove dead lice, and repeat this process every week!
The moment you discover that you or the kids have lice, the first reaction is to rush to the drug store and buy a lice shampoo. It seems very easy to just kill and wash away the lice except it doesn’t work. If you have dealt with lice before, you know that the lice can be very resilient and that you need to break the life cycle of the bugs.