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How to get rid of head lice when you're pregnant

Updated on August 3, 2010

 One of the worst things your child can bring home from school is head lice.  That goes double for pregnant moms.  Since the use of harsh chemicals is forbidden for the sake of the baby; how do you get rid of those nasty little buggers?

This unfortunate incident happened to me while I was teaching preschool.  My family doctor was very helpful and understanding.  Since head lice are living, breathing creatures they need air to breath.  The way to cure head lice without the use of harsh toxins such as those found in every over the counter "head lice killer" is by suffocating them.

You will need:

  • a shower cap
  • 2 or 3 bottles of inexpensive hair gel
  • shampoo & conditioner
  1. Cover your head and hair with the hair gel generously. 
  2. Cover your newly goo filled head of hair with the shower cap.
  3. Leave it on over night
  4. Wash it out in the morning with your shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Repeat until you can find no living, crawling creepy critters in your hair.

The thought of head lice just makes us all itch.  As I was bound and determined to get rid of the little buggers as quickly as possible; I spent an entire weekend "under the cap".  I walked around my house sporting my shower cap all day and night for two days!  It worked like a charm.  No more head lice.

This is an excellent way to take care of your children's head lice problem too!  You don't want to expose yourself to the fumes or skin contact that may occur while applying it to your child's head.  A multi-pack of shower caps and a few bottles of hair gel will save you money and piece of mind.

For extreme cases when the lice have already laid eggs, the treatment will need to be repeated when those lice hatch.  Suffocating  the head lice does not kill the eggs.


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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for the compliments & kind words.

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      tamron 7 years ago

      Great Article idea I never thought about pregnant women getting lice. Good hub!

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      Mom Kat 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you bayoulady - and thank you for sharing your story.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      GOOD HUB! VOTE USEFUL!Yeah, it's a hazard of the job!HA! Anytime we heard that so and so's class had lice, we would all start itching. I teach 2nd grade, and it 's an ongoing battle in our school.Last year I had a little fellow who seem to keep them(ugh) A few times a MONTH. Seriously. Fortunately.I never got them. I kept my hair in a ponytail, and I used lots of hairspray.