Keeping nits away – simply and cheaply!
Of course, with back to school, we have lots of fund things to do. Uniforms to prepare, the never ending application of name labels, shoe shopping, lunch box shopping (we can help with that!) and all other kinds of ‘fun’ stuff. Then the kids go back to school, and so starts the notices in the school bags telling us of all the fun things that kids bring home from school with them…
If you have a child new to school this year, get ready for the onslaught of sickness, and my favourite – nits!!
Are you itching yet? As soon as I hear the word I start scratching. But I’m going to share with you the best thing a friend told me when Miss E started school… Grab an empty spray bottle and some tea tree oil. If you want to be a bit fancy some lavender essential oil too. After a bout of nits for her son, she tried it and he never got them again afterwards. I figured, it was worth a try!
Fill your spray bottle pretty much all the way up. Then drop in around a quarter of a little capful of tea tree oil, and a drop of lavender oil (you don’t need the lavender oil, but I find that the tea tree oil alone leaves the hair smelling musty).
Lid on, shake.
Spray in your little darlings hair every day as you do their hair or when they walk out the door. Simple.
I did this every day in kinder. We had notes coming home at least once a month warning us of nits in our class. Miss E has long, long hair (her ambition is to be Rapunzel – she’s 6 – let’s just go with it for now). It wasn’t always braided, sometimes it was running wild and free in piggy tails. She didn’t get nits once.
Last year in Prep, I got lax. I figured, its probably not the spray – they just don’t like her hair. I’d spray only every couple of days. The every few days, then maybe once a week. On the last day of first semester – school photo day, I found nits in her hair!! Stressful morning treating and combing (thankfully I’d always had some treatment at home just in case).I treated and removed the buggers and got her to school in time for photos.
After that I used the spray every single school day, and we are yet to get nits again. So, it may work for you, but for the sake of a spray bottle and tea tree oil, it is MUCH preferably than leaving it to chance!