The thought of head lice in children is enough to make any parent run away screaming. But oftentimes, lice removal treatment is much worse than the problem of having bugs in the hair. Most parents just don't realize that chemical treatments can be very dangerous for their kids.

Dangers Of Chemical Hair Lice Products

These products contain pesticides that are far from safe. Lindane, malathion, and pyrethrins all have their problems, including lice who can survive being treated with these chemicals.

Desperate parents often respond by leaving the products on their child's head for too long. Or they do another treatment before the recommended time has passed. These tactics don't do much to kill resistant lice. But they do increase the chances of adverse reactions.

Some children who are treated with these products develop skin problems, seizures, behavioral issues, and even cancer. Some of these problems don't show up until months later, so it's entirely possible that many bad reactions are never reported.

One thing to keep in mind: nobody ever died from having bugs in their hair, but kids have died from reactions to chemical treatments for these parasites.

Home Remedies For Head Lice

One non-chemical means of eliminating lice is the use of essential oils. These oils are safe for babies, pregnant women, nursing moms, and even kids with asthma or epilepsy or other health issues.

Neem oil and the essential oils of rosemary and lavender are all natural insect repellents with anti-inflammatory properties. These oils help to stop the itching, which is a reaction to the bug bites. Plus, they make the hair less inviting for these creatures.

Aromatic oils like tea tree and rose geranium oil also help ward off these little pests.

Safe Ways To Kill Head Lice

First, shampoo your child's head with a shampoo containing rosemary, lavender, and neem oils. This will help to discourage these pests. Next apply hair oil containing tea tree oil and rose geranium oil. Work it through the hair, from the roots all the way to the tips. Leave this in overnight. Put a towel on your child's pillow to protect it.

Next morning, use the same shampoo and wash your child's hair again. Now comes the fun part. Divide your child's hair into sections and go through it with a nit comb to remove the eggs and dead adults. This can be tedious, but don't neglect it. Nit removal is a vital part of getting rid of these bugs.

Now spritz your child's hair with a mixture containing tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and geranium oil to help repel any unwanted guests that remain. You'll want to repeat this treatment every week for at least a month to be sure you've gotten them all. Be sure to use that nit comb, too.

Treating head lice in children shouldn't be a dangerous affair. Using natural hair lice treatments is much safer for your child.

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