The tiny scabies mite is called Sarcoptes scabiei, and lives in the skin where it makes burrows causing a lot of damage and leaves the afflicted with intense crawling, itching, and hurting sores. Transmission occurs mainly via skin to skin contact, such as when hugging or even just briefly touching (such as a swipe, bumping into someone when walking past, or a handshake even). The doctors will prescribe pesticide cream but we sought an alternative way to cure the infestation.
To cure scabies in a 1 year old (my nephew) and in 2, and 4 year old children (my daughters) and a 40 year old parent, we used a salt bath (1 cup salt / 20 liters water) and soaked in that for 15-30 minutes per day, every day for two weeks (I have read it doesn’t need to be that long but just to be on the sure side). It is important that everyone in the house has a bath or they act as potential carriers. Any salt (sodium chloride) will work well. I used rock salt because it was cheapest. Make sure the head is frequently wetted and only lightly pat dry (The doctors told us the mites don’t go on adult heads but our mites didn’t follow the doctors orders!).
We changed all clothe, towels, and bedding daily and vacuumed likewise. We also quarantined as much as possible (after 3-4 days without a host the mites die). Good bye scabies, good bye!