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Tea Tree OilHead lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp, where they lay their eggs. Head lice do not spread disease. Having head lice does not mean you are not clean.

What do head lice look like?
Lice have 3 stages – the egg (nit), the nymph and the adult.

1) Nits are whitish-grey, tan or yellow ovals, approximately the size of a grain of sand. They stick to the hair close to the scalp and can look like dandruff. Nits hatch in 9 to 10 days.

2) Nymphs are baby lice. They look like adult lice but are smaller.

3) Adult lice are approximately the size of a sesame seed and are hard to see. Adult lice can live for up to 30 days on a person’s head, but they die within 3 days away from the scalp. 

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How do you know you have head lice?
One of the first signs of head lice is an itchy scalp. But it is possible to have head lice without any symptoms.

If you think your child has head lice, check his hair for nits right away, then again after 1 week and after 2 weeks.

How do I check for head lice?
To confirm a case of head lice, you need to find live lice. Children can have a few nits without actually having a case of head lice. Usually children have no more than 10 to 20 live lice.

  • Good lighting is important when you are checking.
  • Head lice move fast and are hard to see. They are usually found very close to the scalp, at the bottom of the neck and behind the ears.
  • To look for nits, part hair in small sections, moving from one side of the head to the other. Check carefully, looking close to the scalp

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Lice are spread by head-to-head contact and by sharing brushes, hats, or other items that come in contact with the head

Head lice are common where children play or work closely together

Lice do not cause disease....but they are a real nuissance.!

How do they spread?
Head lice spread easily, especially where people are in close contact. They are very common among school-aged children or children attending child care.

  • Head lice spread through direct hair-to-hair contact or indirectly by sharing things like hats, combs, hairbrushes and headphones.
  • Head lice don’t fly or hop, but do crawl very quickly.
  • Head lice that live on people can’t live on pets, such as cats or dogs.

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You can try to smother the head using real mayonnaise, olive oil, and vaseline. These are usually left on overnight, often under a shower cap, and then washed out the next day. They can be very messy though and have not really been proven to work. Some experts believe that this method 'works' because you actually remove the nits and lice as you try to get this stuff out of the child's hair.

If you do see live lice moving around on her head, then she needs to be treated. In addition to over-the-counter medicines, like Rid and Nix, and prescription medicines, such as Ovide, there are many natural home remedies that you could try. Keep in mind that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Nix 'is currently the recommended treatment for head lice, with retreatment in 7 to 10 days if live lice are seen.

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Tea Tree oil is one of nature’s phenomenon (It may out-do vinegar and borax). Tea tree oil provides a shocking amount of healing benefits. Tea Tree oil is poisonous to pets, even ingested in small amount. You can use tea tree oil on dogs for fleas and mites, but careful not to have them swallow the oil pure. It is also poisonous to people if ingested, so refrain from swallowing.

One way you can use Tea Tree oil for lice is to mix some into your shampoo. For every 4 oz. of shampoo, add 2 drops of tea tree oil. Baby shampoo is the best because it is gentle and doesn't really have any additives. Find an unscented baby shampoo if you can. If not, regular baby shampoo is fine. You can also add some to your conditioner using the same proportions.

If the lice outbreak is pretty bad, you may want to try an olive oil cure. Take a half cup of olive oil and mix it with 8 drops of Tea Tree oil. Massage it into the scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap and let it absorb for 30 minutes.

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It is important to keep your hair clean and washed daily at all times. It is advisable to use a coconut based conditioner after shampooing.

If you have children it is advisable to check for head lice especially durring the school year period.

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