Lice Remedy Proves Fatal

Lice Remedy Proves Fatal

After her family attempted a home remedy to cure head lice, a one year old infant died in Springfield, Massachusetts. According to MassLive reports, a spokesman for the Springfield Police said the matter is being investigated by detectives and that no charges have been filed. Police discovered the girl had suffocated after relatives spread mayonnaise on her hair and scalp and placed a plastic shopping bag over her head. Several hours passed during which time the girl was left unattended. When the family discovered she was not breathing, they called the police. A small boy in the house also had head lice. The family shaved his head. All of the children have been removed from the house, a police spokesman said, and are in the care of relatives.

I order to adequately cure head lice, most doctors recommend over-the-counter treatments. Nix or Rid are well now and effective for eliminating head lice. These treatments are widely available at local pharmacies. In some cases, prescription treatments may be used. These treatments are considered effective and safe and cause no skin irritation or rash. However, when a family can not afford available treatments they often resort to home remedies.

Some common home remedies include the mayonnaise treatment. The idea is to smother the lice. Some remedies also use peanut butter or olive oil. Once the agent is applied, the head is wrapped with plastic wrap. A shower cap is recommended for children because it is safest.

Other home remedies include using a combination of essential oils and combing. The most effective oil is tea tree oil, though lavender oil, neem oil, clove oil, and eucalyptus oil are also quite good. According to Healthline, mixing 15 to 20 drops of the selected essential oil with either 2 ounces of olive oil or 4 ounces of rubbing alcohol should be applied to scalp and hair and left for at least 12 hours.

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