Because children with special needs may be unable to use chemical shampoos with Lindane,
or sit through the ordeal
of a careful nit-picking, I'm always on the lookout for solutions that will be as non-toxic, sensory-friendly, and simple as possible. Yesterday, reader Marilyn Weimer e-mailed me with an idea I absolutely love: using shaving cream to smother
the little buggers. I've tried greasier choices like olive oil, petroleum jelly, and mayo, wrapped in plastic, then a shower cap, then a towel -- but they all make such an awful mess, and are so hard to wash out. Not so with shaving cream, reports Marilyn; all you need is a shower cap to cover the shaving-creamed head. Leave it on overnight, and it washes out easily in the morning. Brilliant! Have you figured out an innovative head-lice solution that respects your child's special needs? Share it in the comments, please, and I'll mention it in a future blog entry.
Photo by Terri Mauro