Some parents recommend dabbing a bit of tea tree oil behind the ears and at the back of the neck or adding a couple of drops to water in a spritz bottle and spraying a little on before going to school or nursery. You could also add a couple of drops to your regular shampoo.
Tea Tree can be drying so do use only as directed on the bottle.
“My 2 girls have long hair and I always dab a bit of tea tree on them before school” – Catherine
“I always use Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner.” – Martina
“Same here tea tree shampoo is the way to go!” – Karin
Tea tree conditioner very good” – Maryteresa
“Tie up hair. Few drops tea tree oil in spray bottle. A quick squirt every morning before school has always kept blighters away for me!” – Sally Ann
“I put a couple of drops of tea tree oil on the hair brush and tie up littlest ones hair.” – Mandie
“Tea tree oil rubbed at back of ears and neck good deterrent. Also was told lately that mayonnaise rubbed onto hair is the preferred treatment now.” – Siobhan
“After having lice in my home for the first time ever last year, I honestly wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy! I kept my kids out of school until I was 100% sure they were clear but when they went back I was tempted to put shower caps on them such was the stress I had been through (and them) even our babysitter and grandparents got them!! Tea tree oil is a wonder product to have in your house and a couple of drops behind the ear works great. Also tie the hair up and if long enough wrap into a bun. I also use tea tree shampoo. ” – Lynda
“The head lice slip off the tea tree. Think it’s the best solution – coming from a parent and a Montessori teacher that has had to treat her own hair too!!! Fine tooth comb after treating onto white paper and you will see them fall off.” – Hilda
Remember not to panic if a child or family member contracts head lice. It is nothing to be ashamed of, it can happen to anyone regardless or personal hygiene or background.
- Treat it as soon as you can and check hair regularly for signs of an infestation.
- Do not treat hair using off the shelf products unless you are sure your child has Head Lice as this will reduce their effectiveness when a real outbreak occurs.
- Wash all bed linen, hats etc and disinfect all haircare items after treatment.