Q. Our grandchild has had a bout with lice picked up in her first grade class. Her mother has purchased lice shampoo and all the stuff to spray but the lice keep returning. That is despite washing all the linens and getting new pillows.
Can you give us any home remedy advice? She is getting desperate!
A. Although it is important to wash and dry bedding at high heat when treating a child for lice, it should not be necessary to replace the pillows.
Lice have developed resistance to some commonly used lice shampoos. We do have a home remedy to suggest, though. Wet the hair thoroughly with Cetaphil cleanser, then blow it dry. This will form a hard shell on the hair. Leave it on overnight, then wash it out in the morning. The Cetaphil “shrink wrap” suffocates the lice, and it is easier to remove than Vaseline!
Another trick is to rinse the hair with Listerine (original amber color). Leave the Listerine on for two hours and then use a lice comb.