Here is a nontoxic head lice control plan described in “Common-Sense Pest Control,” an entomology textbook.
- Shampoo with coconut-oil or olive-oil shampoo, such as Condition 3 in 1, Rave, St. Ives Swiss, or V05. Coconut and olive oils will kill lice. Rinse with water only as hot as the child can tolerate.
- Shampoo again, leaving the lather on for 15 minutes with a towel around the head. Read or provide interesting activity.
- Comb to get out snarls and suds. Then, with a nit comb under good lighting, comb one inch-wide sections of hair, starting at the scalp where eggs are laid. Keep hair wet, clipping finished sections aside. Clean the comb often with tissue, placing soiled tissues in a bowl of soapy water to dispose of in the toilet. Nit combs are available at most pharmacies.
- When all the hair has been combed, rinse well with tolerably hot water. Heat will kill lice.
- Dry hair. Check for stray nits or the gray to yellow eggs. Remove with tweezers or comb.
- Soak comb 15 minutes in 2 cups of hot soapy water with one teaspoon of ammonia or boil metal comb for 15 minutes. Clean with floss or old toothbrush.
- Repeat weekly, more often if necessary, for three to four weeks. Check often.
- Wash clothes and bedding in hot water or place in a hot dryer for 30 minutes. BY SHAMPOOING AND CHECKING HEADS OFTEN AND BY TEACHING CHILDREN NOT TO SHARE HATS AND COMBS, YOU CAN HELP PREVENT HEAD LICE.