Back to School, Back to Lice?

It’s that time of year again, back to school for the kids. This is the time we usually dread, hoping our kids won’t come back home with those nasty little critters, HEAD LICE!

What are head lice? They spread through head to head contact and most often occur in children between the ages of four and eleven. Infestations most commonly occur at the start of each school term.

Lice cannot be spread by contact with pets. They cannot fly or jump. Children playing or closely embracing provide the perfect opportunity for lice to spread. Poor hygiene has nothing to do with how lice spreads, in fact clean, nice smelling hair actually attract lice more.

Head lice prevention is not an easy task, but there are some things you can do to help prevent a lice infestation. Combing regularly with a nit comb will help prevent lice because it allows you to detect the lice and nits and remove them quickly.

Remind your children to avoid head to head contact at school and not to share items such as hats and scarves.

It is recommended to use a shampoo and conditioner that are not scented, kids shampoos smell like sweet candy which is more attractive to lice. A good everyday use shampoo that is perfect for this is EcoKid Prevent Shampoo and Conditioner.

What if it’s too late and the your child has already contracted this dreaded litter critter. There are many treatments options, however none of them have proven to be 100% effective. Response differs for everyone.

Neem oil is a good natural alternative treatment for head lice. Neem shampoos or lotions used with a lice comb provide an effective treatment. Another popular oil is tea tree, its antibacterial properties and the scent are also very effective in helping get rid of lice. Lice Squad Nit Pickers Secret is another non pesticide line that uses enzymes to help rid the lice.

We recommend trying natural healthy alternatives to help get rid of lice. Head lice are becoming more resistant to synthetic chemicals that were commonly used to control them. They contain pyretroids and organophosphates that can be potentially harmful to the skin and scalp. These ingredients have been linked to depression.

Here are products available at The Big Carrot!

Eco Kid Shampoo

Eco Kid Nourishing Conditioner

Eco Kid Daily Leave In Conditioner

Lice Squad Nit Pickers Secret

Louse Trap Comb

What solutions have you found to help prevent or get rid of lice?


Yana Gonela is the Body Care Manager at The Big Carrot