There are many options available for treating head lice, including home remedies and alternative medicine. However, it is important to consult a doctor before attempting any home treatment. Many of these treatments are toxic for babies and young children, so they should only be used under the guidance of a qualified health professional.
Fortunately, there are also products available that can be used on babies to kill lice. Over-the-counter products typically come in the form of shampoo. These products vary in their active ingredient, which determines which stage of lice they kill. Some of these products contain pyrethrins, which are naturally occurring chemicals found in some plants, such as chrysanthemums. Those with allergies should avoid the use of these products.
Babies and young children are often exposed to head lice from older siblings. Although they do not show any symptoms when they are infected, they can still get head lice. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to identify these lice in the hair of an older child or sibling. A baby’s fine hair makes it easier to see them.
Before applying any chemical head lice treatment on babies, it is important to thoroughly check the household for head lice. Any member of the household may be carrying them. As a precaution, thoroughly clean all clothing and bedding in the home. Then, apply hair conditioner, whether silicone or non-silicone gel, to the hair and leave it on for 15 minutes. While you wait, your child can wear a shower cap to protect their head. This will help suffocate the lice.