When you discover a bug crawling in your child’s hair, your first reaction is probably panic. Lice tend to freak out even the most hardened parent, causing a lot of us to go a little crazy. Home remedies, toxic chemicals, and weird wisdom are all fair game to parents hoping to get rid of a lice infestation as quickly as possible. But the truth is, there are safe, effective ways to treat lice in John’s Creek. And most of those home lice treatments don’t work anyway.
Lice Treatments That Don’t Work
To ensure lice don’t come back, you don’t only have to remove each and every louse, but also every nit. Unfortunately, the internet is rife with myths about how to treat head lice. If you want to keep your lice problem alive and kicking, feel free to treat it with these tricks.
- Mayo, oil, or vaseline. Word on the web is that you can smother lice. This “all natural” lice removal experience involves covering the head in mayonnaise, olive oil, or vaseline. Most websites recommend that you then cover the oil-doused hair in plastic to truly suffocate the parasites. But not only is it extremely difficult to smother lice (they can actually shut down their breathing systems and survive), mayonnaise won’t do a thing about their eggs. All you’re getting is a deep conditioning treatment (or greasy hair for weeks). And it’s never a good idea to teach your kids that it’s safe to put a plastic bag on their heads.
- Vacuum cleaners. Yes, people actually try this. No, it doesn’t work.
- Shaving the head. Okay, this is a panic move that seems like a good option, especially for boys. But lice can live in hair as short as 2mm, and kids hair grows back pretty quickly. With so many more effective treatments out there, there’s no reason to put your child through the emotional stress of shaving them bald.
- Cleaning the house. Lice will never willing leave a human host; they can only survive 1 day without human blood. Lice spreads through direct head-to-head contact. While it’s worth cleaning PJ’s and sheets for a little peace of mind, there’s no need to deep clean the house if your kids catch lice.
What’s one home lice treatment that does work? House calls from a lice removal specialist. Call HBI Lice Removal to schedule a lice removal house call in John’s Creek.