Head Lice - Home Remedies

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Are any home remedies effective at getting rid of head lice?

Occlusion therapy, nit combing, and hair removal have not been proven to be fully effective in completely eradicating head lice.

Home remedies that have been tried include vinegar, mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, butter, rubbing alcohol, and prolonged water submersion. These all fail to eliminate infestation, because these therapies do not kill all of the eggs or lice. This is believed due to the specialized way the parasite "breathes."

Hair removal has never been proven to be effective, but since the louse requires a hair shaft to lay its eggs, it should prevent the lice from multiplying. This is not always considered a desirable option for many children.

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Comment from: HappyMom, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 18

We had the displeasure of a lice infestation on three separate occasions over a 15-month timeframe. The best treatment was a home remedy of Sea Breeze facial astringent, tea tree oil and conditioner. We coated this thickly throughout and covering the girls' hair; left treatment on for 30 minutes, then rinsed out. Repeated treatment every 4 days for two weeks and the kids were lice free!

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