Discovering that your child has lice can be embarrassing and overwhelming, especially when you realize how hard getting rid of lice can be. You can visit a clinic for help eliminating the lice, or you could always try using a nit comb and olive oil first to see if you can get rid of them yourself.
How To Use A Nit Comb
A nit comb is a special type of comb that is a necessity for getting rid of lice. Nit combs are fine-toothed, and this is helpful for getting rid of nits out of the child's hair. As you begin the process, you may see actual lice in the child's hair, but you are more likely to see nits, which are lice eggs. They are typically located on individual strands of hair near the scalp. They are white and are typically firmly attached to the hair. To get rid of the lice, you must eliminate all the nits on the child's head, and this is a process that takes time.
To do this, you must section off the child's hair and work in one section at a time with your comb. You must rub the comb against the scalp and pull it back to remove any of the eggs attached to the hair. You must continue doing this to each section of hair on the child's head. In between strokes, dip your comb in a bowl of hot water. This will help get the nits off the comb, and the hot water will drown and kill the eggs.
How To Use Olive Oil
The second thing you will need to do is smother the lice with olive oil. There are a number of different items that work for this, including coconut oil and baby oil, but olive oil tends to be one of the most effective natural ingredients for killing lice.
To use olive oil for this purpose, you will first need to comb through the child's hair thoroughly with your nit comb. Once you are finished, use your hands to rub olive oil all over the child's hair and scalp. Use enough to saturate his or her entire head. Next, pile the child's hair on the top of his or her head and place plastic wrap over all the hair. Try to make sure all the hair is enclosed in this, and then place a shower cap on the top.
You should leave this on the child's head overnight and repeat each night until the lice are gone. In the morning, you can wash the child's hair with shampoo and conditioner to remove the olive oil.
If you are having problems getting rid of the lice on your child's head, contact a health clinic to find out what other options are available for lice treatment.