POPSUGAR Moms Back to School Tips For Getting Rid of Lice 8 Tips For Combatting Lice by Rebecca Gruber 8/30/14 833 Shares Like us on Facebook View in slideshow Welcome to our guide to Back-to-School Success: 31 days of tips, apps, recipes, and more to help you make this your family's best school year yet. Today, day 19, is about dealing with lice. Got an itch? With school in full swing and tots sharing everything from nap mats to brushes and hats, lice outbreaks are as common as scraped knees at the playground. While a lice diagnosis used to mean automatic sidelining until a little one was bug (and larva) free, the American Academy of Pediatrics' updated position now advises kids to attend school and camp, even if they are infested. We've rounded up eight ways to keep the annoying little bugs at bay throughout the year. Source: Thinkstock 1 Know the Facts What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Simply knowing how lice move from tot-to-tot (hint: they don't actually jump between heads) can help families put practices in place that will prevent their little ones from becoming infested during a school or camp outbreak. Source: Shutterstock 1 / 8 2 Isolate Children's Belongings What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lice can move from hat to head or coat to coat when the items are in close proximity. Designating a separate area for lil ones' belongings (outside of a closet filled with the rest of the family's items) will help prevent the bugs from jumping onto another family member's belongings (and ultimately their scalp). Source: Pottery Barn 2 / 8 3 Take Preventative Measures What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Certain shampoos, like So Cozy's Boo! Shampoo and Boo! Leave-In Conditioner, are made with natural lice repellants like tea tree, rosemary, and lavender oils, helping to keep the itchy little critters at bay. 3 / 8 4 Lice Removal Experts Get the Job Done What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Drugstore remedies may work for most of the population, but some moms just don't have the stomach to deal with the pesky little bugs and are turning to the experts to get the job done. Using fine-tooth combs, special shampoos, and a machine called the LouseBuster, these lice specialists guarantee clean heads for around $300. Source: Shutterstock 4 / 8 5 Which Products Are Best? What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Seventy percent of our readers rely on drugstore products to kill off the lice. Others take a more natural approach with olive oil, mayonnaise, or tea tree oil. Source: Shutterstock 6 / 8 6 Try the Robi Comb What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 The Robi Comb ($27) offers a nontoxic way to remove nits from kids' hair. The noninvasive, electronic lice comb kills the creepers by zapping them as it is combed through dry hair. 6 / 8 7 Consider a Prescription What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 After years of using over-the-counter products, parents now have a prescription they can turn to if other methods fail. Natroba Topical Suspension was approved by the FDA and has proven to be successful after just one treatment — though doctors recommend going the over-the-counter route first. 7 / 8 8 Try a Natural Remedy What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Though there's no one method that guarantees it will keep your tot's head free of nits, there are a growing number of over-the-counter shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that use ingredients like rosemary, citronella, and tea tree oils, rather than toxic chemicals, to help keep kids lice-free. Source: Shutterstock 8 / 8 Back to Homepage Comments Read More Health And SafeyLiceRound UpBack To School Back to School '90s Prom Songs That Made You Fall Truly Madly Deeply in Love Student-Teacher Relationships That Cross the Line Essential Apps For Every College Student 11 Flicks With High School Romances to Stream Stat Stay sane and savvy with our daily newsletter Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Reactions 38 weeks When my sister and I were infested we took a three pronged approach. Olive oil left on over night to smother lice - which it really helps to keep lice from clinging to the hair shaft, next wash the oil out with the lice shampoo, then soak hair with vinegar to help dissolve the "glue" lice use to attatch nits to hair and use a fine toothed lice comb (we found that flea combs actually worked better for the nits). 1 year Great article, thank you for taking a non-toxic stance on the subject and suggesting readers steer away from pesticide products to deal with lice. I second the Robi Comb, it was what worked for me with my two wee darlings. I've written a post on my blog about the dangers of head lice chemical products, I hope it helps someone: http://earthora.com/chemical-h... heatherkidd71809 1 year Can you email me at email@example.com and I will send you and email with all the ingredients and what not! Do you currently use essential oils? VannessaPitham 1 year For anyone living in Perth Western Australia try http://m.kidspot.com.au/parent... LouisRossouw 1 year What mixture of oil do you use and how often do you apply it? I am struggeling to get rid of them and they keep returning. I've even started to tie her hair into a ponytail everyday. 1 year I found this page when my kids came home with lice: http://www.wingedseed.com/Agor... Vodka and essential oil of oregano worked 100% the first time, for us. Leaving out the oregano oil also seemed to work, when they came home with lice again 8 months later. Vodka under a shower cap is by far the easiest treatment ever, though it may sting if the person has open wounds on the scalp. heatherkidd71809 1 year How about a natural and effective way to prevent them for your children when they go to school. A way to stop it before it starts. I love my 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils they work for everything!! Natasha-Dantzig 3 years Seriously, just reading this makes my head itch.