Lice? Heads up.

Here is a nontoxic head lice control plan described in “Common-Sense Pest Control,” an entomology textbook.

  1. 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.
  2. Shampoo again, leaving the lather on for 15 minutes with a towel around the head. Read or provide interesting activity.
  3. 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.
  4. When all the hair has been combed, rinse well with tolerably hot water. Heat will kill lice.
  5. Dry hair. Check for stray nits or the gray to yellow eggs. Remove with tweezers or comb.
  6. 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.
  7. Repeat weekly, more often if necessary, for three to four weeks. Check often.
  8. 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.

SOURCE: http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/lice.html

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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and a dramatized poem.
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