You are probably scratching your head right now just reading this. Last week the dreaded letter from the school nurse warned us that the annoying little bugs are going around the second grade.
So, what do I do? Send my kid to school with a swim cap on?? Panic??
Seriously, Lice is not that big of a deal. When you get it, you deal with it and move on with life. It’s probably going to happen. After some research (aka messaging all my friends and consulting with the google) I found a few tricks you can try right now to keep lice at bay. Hopefully.
- If you have a girl, braid their hair. Braiding the hair keeps the hair back and out of the way.
- Don’t wash the hair all the time. Apparently lice like really clean hair.
- Use tea tree oil.
- Houston Mom’s Blog also has a great post with everything you need to know.
Today on the playground a fellow mom mention a “lice prevention spray” she uses on her girls. I looked it up on amazon and it sells for an easy $10. So, what’s in it, exactly?? Can I make it on my own?
I came across A Whole New Mom’s website and boy this lady has it going on. She knows everything about cleaning up after lice and preventing lice. I tweaked one of her DIY lice repellent sprays and I plan on using it on the girls daily for a while.
DIY Lice Repellent Spray
8 oz of water (I used an empty hair conditioner spray bottle)
10-15 drops of tea tree oil
Directions: Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. I recommend 4 sprays all over the head twice a day!
You can use the actual tea tree oil, or they have a “tea tree oil” solution at most beauty supply stores. This ($3) mixture also includes aloe vera.
Making your own lice repellent spray is way cheaper than anything you can buy over the counter. All of the research shows that tea tree oil is one of the best ways to prevent (and kill) lice, so this spray better work! I’ll let you know.
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