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Head Lice

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Head Lice are small, wingless insects found on the head. They feed on blood through the scalp. Having lice is not a sign of poor hygiene. Lice lay eggs, which are white, and attach close to the base of the hair at the scalp. Although eggs resemble dandruff, they do not ‘brush out’ like flaky skin does. Although lice do not jump or fly, they are easily passed from one child to another through direct head-to-head contact. Though annoying, lice usually do not cause any other health issues. They do not carry infections or disease. Having lice once does not protect you from getting it again.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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    25.03.2016

This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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