Head Lice Treatment for Pregnant Women
Head lice cause severe itching and can even lead to infection if not cured in time. Pregnant women with head lice need different type of treatment because the general ones involve the use of pesticides which can be harmful for the developing baby. Some alternate methods of lice treatment can be as effective as the conventional methods for treatment of lice.
Some good head lice treatment options for pregnant women are –
Tea Tree Oil
You need to make sure that the tea tree oil you have is pure for this treatment. You can get them from health food stores or drug stores in dropper bottles. The best way to use tea tree oil is to mix it with baby shampoo. Two drops of the oil can be mixed with 120 ml of baby shampoo. Wetting the hair, massage your scalp with this mixture. Rub deep into the scalp when massaging. If the infection is severe, you can add a few more drops of the tea tree oil. Now, let this application on head stay put for half an hour. A shower cap may be useful for this. Rinse the shampoo and remove all traces of nits and eggs from the head. You will find them as tiny dots near the scalp. This process can be repeated if needed.
They are available at a beauty store, pet supply store or pharmacy. You can use them with coconut oil, aniseed, neem or tea tree oil. These oils are needed to help in the scraping of the lice. Lice need to be smothered and scraped to break their grip on the scalp. You can add a bit of shampoo in the oil to help it spread better. You do not need to spread the oil on your hair. So, the length of your hair is not important when looking to massage the scalp. Cover your hair for an hour before trying to scrape off the nits and eggs with the lice comb.
Wash Infected Clothes
Make sure that any piece of cloth or garment used by you does not have remains of head lice. You should also change your hair styling products as they might well be infected with lice.
Ask someone to nitpick. Moisturise your hair and marinate for an hour to get rid of tangles. Divide your hair into 8-inch wide partitions and you are ready for nitpicking. Nits and eggs can be scraped off with a lice comb or by using fingers. It should be repeated in a week to ensure that lice are completely gone.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Dec 07, 2011
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