Treatment for lice infestations runs the gamut from shaving the victim's head to spraying insecticides on the victim's scalp to combing out eggs and adult lice with a very fine-toothed comb. Although all of these methods have their drawbacks, combing and shampooing the victim's head is by far the least invasive, safest and the method to be explored in this article.
Time Required: 3-4 Hours, repeat steps every 1-3 weeks as needed.
- Place a towel around the victim's shoulders to protect their clothing and the furniture.
- Saturate the victim's head with Olive Oil. Rub into the scalp thoroughly with finger tips.
- Place a shower or bathing cap or plastic food wrap around the victim's head, as tolerated by or appropriate for the victim.
- Leave the victim's head covered for at least 2 hours or possibly overnight.
- Rinse the victim's head with vinegar.
- Follow with a rinse with mild shampoo to remove the oil.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 as needed.
- Allow the victim's hair to air dry.
- After hair is dry, place the victim in bright light and use a lice comb to identify and remove any remaining nits or insects.
- Boil all combs and brushes in a mix of water and 1/4 cup tea tree oil.
- If the victim is a child, seal all toys in a plastic bag for 2 days. Provide the child with a new toy to reduce the trauma of separation.
- Wash hair ties, scarves, hats and bedding in hot water, and dry in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.
- Vacuum all furniture and upholstery that the victim may have touched, including child car seats. Bar the child from using these items for at least 2 days.
- Repeat all above steps in 1-3 weeks if head lice or eggs are still present.
What You Need
- 1 Large Towel
- 1/4-1/2 cup Olive Oil
- Shower or Bathing Cap, or enough plastic food wrap to cover the victim's head
- 1/2-3/4 cup White Vinegar
- Large pot of Water
- Bottle of mild Shampoo
- Lice Comb
- Tea Tree Oil
- Large sealable plastic bag