Argh! Head lice!? Any advice???

Olivia - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 108 moms have responded )

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Every year at the end of summer my children have head lice! Any ideas on natural or home remedies that may work??

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Melissa - posted on 08/31/2009

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I have had awesome results with mayonaise just put in throughout there whole head and put a shower cap over it allow them to sleep in it over night and not only will it kill everything but it will also be very easy to comb through as this is a great conditioner!

Theresa - posted on 08/27/2009

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Please listen to me!!! I had the toughest time with this and I feel now I could be considered an expert. I use only naturally products with my children whenever possible and I am telling you this works. I am a mom of 3. I used olive oil and smothered there hair in it then wrapping it with seran wrap for 20 minutes. This smothers the lice. I used rid x and everything and while I was rinsing their hair they were still crawling!!!!! The key is the combing though. Take a large bowl filled with soapy water and section their hair and comb, comb, comb. Keep dipping your comb in the soapy water and wipe with t.p. you will see them floating at the top. Always dump the dirty water in the toilet and refill. I had it come back the first time we got it for not combing all the eggs so it takes a little time but do it every day (Just the combing) with a soapy bowl of water and you will see the water is clear. Use an old toothbrush to clean the combs and boil everything after use for 15 minutes. Make sure you wash all bedding etc. in HOT WATER!!!! I am sure you have heard it all but I researched for a week because I was so fet up. It really works and is VERY safe for your children and inexpensive. That drug store crap is $25-50 and is has terrible pesticides in it that do not work.. Good Luck it does get better!!!!

Anne - posted on 05/01/2013

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I like that avocado idea. Next summer I'll try it.

Until then I'll just throw in my ten cents worth:

Get a dog flea comb and comb the things out.

Do that every day for two weeks.

Eggs will keep hatching and little lice growing big enough for your comb to catch them.

If you are slack and don't comb before they are big enough to lay eggs it'll all start again when the eggs hatch.

So don't hesitate, don't fuss about, don't mess around, simply comb every day for two weeks. That's all you need to do.

And the irony is that even if you take some other course you still, essentially, have to do it. Because whatever course you take may well lead to a missed louse or two and that has to be checked for and if you do miss some and they grow..... eggs, babies, more lice....

That's all you need to know. But here's more if you fancy having a read:


So Secondt: Don't fuss.

Don't panic. It's really no big deal. It is not going to cause anyone to get sick. It doesn't have any social meaning, doesn't brand you as low class or careless or bad people or something. It doesn't have any medical meaning: doesn't brand you and your home as unhealthy or any such.

And it does not require everything in the house to be cleaned, sterilized, replaced or whatever. It does not.

Third: Ultimately the best cure is a comb. Plain and simple comb.

A dog comb. Perhaps. An animal 'flea' comb. With close set strong tines. Cheapest and easiest to get is a dog flea comb in a pet shop. If you prefer you can easily pay ten times as much for some fancy thing in the pharmacy that might not even do the job as well.

Fourth: There's two things must be attacked.
(a) The lice
(b) Their eggs.

Which requires two different chemicals usually.

Vinegar or other acids are good at softening the egg coat and the cement the louse uses to cement the egg to the hair. We use just that, vinegar.

Fifth: Now to deal with the lice:

The louse breaths through holes in its side the same way flies do. Those holes can be stickied up, gummed up, blocked, with almost anything oily. Naturally you don't want nasty oils on the hair so you choose something not too unpleasant. Oily shampoos do this job as does almost anything oily.

This will interfere with the creature's breathing but note it will not kill it at least for several hours. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles...

The main benefit is making the louse relatively inactive and sticky so's it can be combed out.

There are four main kinds of substance used to try to chemically kill the creature, rather than smother it to death:

. pyrethrins
. synthetic pyrethroids such as permethrin and bioallethrin
. organophosphates such as malathion or maldison
. herbal and essential oils

http://www.kidspot.com.au/familyhealth/H...


Of these the 'herbal and essential oils' seems the nicest for having on your own or your children's head. Which is why we use tea-tree oil.

Sixth: Nothing will kill every louse and every egg, guaranteed, just like that in one application.

As you will see if you read the material linked to above.

There will always be more than one application required on succeeding days.

There will always be the need to check that no eggs have hatched out since the last application.

Hence you will always be combing every day and you will be combing for a suitable 'egg hatching and louse growing' period after the last lice have been detected - say about a week.

Unless you just want to rely on your children reporting itchy heads again. At which time the infestation will be in full swing again with vast numbers of eggs already laid. Back to square one.

So if you look at all the material you'll see that you need to comb for about two weeks and common sense tells you that if you comb out everything before it can lay eggs then once the last egg has hatched and nymph been combed out then you're free of infestation: without needing anything else but the comb!

But it does feel nice to shampoo etc...

:)

Robyn - posted on 01/16/2012

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Lice Shield - I purchased at Walgreens....works!!! My step daughter came home with lice but my daughter never came up with it....we used the lice shield.



Advice from a fellow mom:



"First soak the head with 1/2 cup olive oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil and cover with shower cap. After 3 hours was out and comb with the nit combs. Reapply fresh mixture and cover with shower cap and let them sleep with it. Wash a couple times and recomb. We've had lice twice. The first time I went totally overboard. key things to remember: lice cannot live off a head for more than 24 hours. Eggs cannot live off a head period. They do have a life cycle similar to fleas so that's why they say to retreat after one week and possibly a third time another week out. Drying things on high will kill everything...but you need to keep it on high for 45 minutes or so to be safe. I threw everything out the first time and steam cleaned thoroughly for weeks and weeks. Wasted away the whole summer. Not necessary. Vacuum well and throw the bag away immediately...do not keep in the house. Any stuffed animals quarantine in large black plastic bags for at least a month...the full cycle can take up to that long. That's about it...they say you can put a couple drops of tea tree oil in your regular shampoo bottle and it helps deter them."



Hope this helps.

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Zoe - posted 3 days ago

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Great new product
Bosisto's TEA TREE SPRAY
Spray on hair , hats , pillows
Fantastic !!!!
Bosisto's available on -line Eucalyptus Spray as well and lavender !!!

Mary - posted on 08/04/2013

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Nit Nurses of Virginia Beach http://www.NitNurses.com offers Natural Head Lice Removal Services by Registered Nurses and Licensed practical Nurses, true health care professionals and the only head lice nursing team in Virginia.We know that the only way to get rid of head lice is by getting rid of the nits (eggs). A metal nit comb, some elbow grease, and a lot a patience will always get the job down. Always be careful with toxic products that are sold over-the-counter, natural removal is always best. Sometimes special health issues and allergies must be taken into consideration before treating so please read labels carefully and always consult your health care provider before treating. At Nit Nurses there is always a Nurse available for free consultations and advice (757) 598-1391

Candi - posted on 07/29/2013

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Hi Olivia, Summer & Fall are Lice Season, so it's not surprising that the kids get lice every summer. The key to getting rid of lice and keeping it away is really about combing. Olive Oil does have some medicinal qualities in it that affect the lice. They can't breed in it and are easy to comb out. Be sure to get a good nit comb. You can read about the best lice combs and where to purchase them here http://wp.me/p3Ht6o-1x. We are a lice treatment company serving Virginia Beach Virginia, but are always available by phone for consultation or just someone to talk to. We have support groups set up also that you can join to talk with other Moms specifically dealing with head lice. Visit us at www.virginiabeachlicetreatment.com for more information. And thanks for sharing in the fight against lice.

Michelle - posted on 07/06/2013

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I use the special products once a week but in between I go through my daughter's hair with tea tree conditioner. It helps removes the newly hatched babies and any adults that may have survived the product. Works well for us.

Mary - posted on 06/27/2013

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There are great head lice removal services that get rid of lice in just a mater of hours. It's natural, safe, and most are owned and operated by nurses. Nit Nurses has a National Head Lice Removal Directory that lists lice removal services across the U.S. http://www.nitnurses.com to find one in your area.

CL - posted on 05/11/2013

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When I was a child it was a lice epidemic on my school. It was bad and I remember that most of the moms did not know what to do in order to exterminate the insects. It seemed like the most they tried the most the lice reproduced. It was a really mess. Until one day one of the moms discovered a very good home remedy: Avocado Seed! She has been told to find a very ripe avocado, get rid of the pulp and with the seed rubbing the head of the child and leave it on scalp for one hour after that just rinsed put with regular shampoo. She has been told that remedy not only will eliminate the lice but it will prevent to get lice again.
So, the mom did it and told the experience to the other moms, not all of the moms followed the advice but my mom did it! I can tell you after I had been rubbing with that avocado all the lice had gone and I have never had lice again. But if you want more home remedies you can go to; http://www.healthline.com/health-slidesh... and you will find others effective and safety ways to eliminate lice. Good Luck!

CL - posted on 05/01/2013

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you can go to; http://www.healthline.com/health-slidesh...
When I was a child it was a lice epidemic on my school. It was bad and I remember that most of the moms did not know what to do in order to exterminate the insects. It seemed like the most they tried the most the lice reproduced. It was a really mess. Until one day one of the moms discovered a very good home remedy: Avocado Seed! She has been told to find a very ripe avocado, get rid of the pulp and with the seed rubbing the head of the child and leave it on scalp for one hour after that just rinsed put with regular shampoo. She has been told that remedy not only will eliminate the lice but it will prevent to get lice again.
So, the mom did it and told the experience to the other moms, not all of the moms followed the advice but my mom did it! I can tell you after I had been rubbing with that avocado all the lice had gone and I have never had lice again. Good Luck!

CL - posted on 05/01/2013

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When I was a child it was a lice epidemic on my school. It was bad and I remember that most of the moms did not know what to do in order to exterminate the insects. It seemed like the most they tried the most the lice reproduced. It was a really mess. Until one day one of the moms discovered a very good home remedy: Avocado Seed! She has been told to find a very ripe avocado, get rid of the pulp and with the seed rubbing the head of the child and leave it on scalp for one hour after that just rinsed put with regular shampoo. She has been told that remedy not only will eliminate the lice but it will prevent to get lice again.
So, the mom did it and told the experience to the other moms, not all of the moms followed the advice but my mom did it! I can tell you after I had been rubbing with that avocado all the lice had gone and I have never had lice again. But if you want more home remedies you can go to; http://www.healthline.com/health-slidesh... and you will find other effective and safety ways to eliminate lice. Good Luck!

Staci - posted on 02/19/2013

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you can go to the doctor and get stuff for head lice I have had a full out war with them and can not get rid of them

Pen - posted on 05/23/2012

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My favourite remedy is using conditioner while you do nit-combing. I also nit-pick.. I love doing this as it spells bonding with my kids too. Otherwise, it's Nit-Nurse that my husband ordered online.

Cindy - posted on 04/22/2012

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Add tea tree oil about 15 drops to a full bottle of shampoo. 20 or so to liquid laundy detergent. Spray all mattresses and furniture down with Lysol and rugs to. Vaccum rugs first. Keep the shampoo and laundry detergent trick a ritual! So you will need to add each time you use a new bottle. Beleive me it works, I did fostercare for 12 years and it works everytime! Good luck to you! : )

Dorta - posted on 01/15/2012

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lots of airspray, gel, whatever and keep hair up, minny buns or what ever it will work, this is to not get them

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Here is what you do... depending on if you want to be organic or not... They have many shampoos, or use oil now the oil wont do it by themselves. you have to cover ur kids head with a cap of some sorts. Then I recommend you clean out the places they lay. because yes they can live in the places they lay... hence why your kid plays in the sand, or go to a friends house and uses their pillow they get the lice so quickly... Clean Clean Clean... I use to use this green tea shampoo or anything with mint... and keep it in my hair for 5-10 min... My sis and bro are 8-9 years apart from me so they were in elementary when I was in high school and use to give it to me... I also suggest every weekend cleaning their hair with mint to protect their scalp from attracting lice.

Corinne - posted on 01/15/2012

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Home remedy, not so natural but friend of mine does it with her kids after trying everything, spot on dog flea treatment......

Finnegan - posted on 01/09/2012

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You don't need to use mayonnaise. Coat your kids' (and yours and your husband's as well!) heads with ANY oil - olive oil, baby oil, etc - as the oil smothers the buggers and their eggs. ICK! Wait a week and shampoo out - Dawn dishwashing liquid works well. Be sure (of course) to launder all sheets, towels, clothing etc. and put all in a hot dryer for an hour. Stuffed animals, pillows, slipcovers and the like can just be put in the hot dryer. This advice comes direct from the Hasidic Nitpickers in Brooklyn. (yes there are such women!) Good luck!

Angela - posted on 01/08/2012

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I used a hair dryer on my kids dry hair. Maximum heat, for two minutes a day. Slows the lice down, and kills (drys out) the eggs. You pick out the scorched lice easily. It will take several days to get them all. It feels great to give your head a hot blast when it feels itchy! I am so glad to be rid of them, it took us a couple of months before i had this idea.

Antwoinette - posted on 01/07/2012

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Use the natural lice shampoo called LiceFreeeee (It might have more or less "E"s not sure.) But it smells like black licorice, doesn't damage hair, doesn't have harsh chemicals, plus protects against them coming back. My sister brought it home when we were kids and this is what my mom always used. Also, bag up ALL stuffed animals, throw pillows, etc in an air tight trash bag. Wash all clothes and bedding (even what is already clean) in the hottest water possible, use bleach whenever possible. Vacuum the whole house, including furniture, then buy lice spray at the stores for your mattresses and furniture.

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2012

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My sisters and I got lice from our friends who went to school (we were all home schooled). What my mom did for us was mix up some olive oil and eucalyptus essential oil. Melaleuca is also really good for this. If you get essential oils, go for doTERRA's oils. They are the purest and most potent available. They are JUST the plant extract, no chemicals, no synthetics, no additives and each batch is tested, every batch, every time.

Amber - posted on 01/02/2012

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i use white distilled vinegar and mustard wrap head with cling wrap for 2 hours comb with lice comb and wash out then on a daily bases lightly mist hair with listerine to repel them

Chris - posted on 11/20/2011

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Hello Moms... A friend from the east coast told me about this great line of kid's hair care stuff that is actually for lice prevention. I looked up their site, www.zippitydoos.com, and saw tha it was available at Dahl's of all places. I never knew you could prevent lice, but this company says their line is pediatrician approved, laboratory tested, and paraben and sulfate-free. I picked up some yesterday and will use the shampoo and conditioner tonight at bath time. Smells pretty good and my daughter loved the bottle and the pretty colors. They have a whole line and my friend, a mom of 3, swears by it. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2009

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hi get some tea tree oil add a few drops into ur shampoo it stops u from cacthing them and if u have them put a few drops of tea tree oil into condisioner leave for a few mins and comb them out it works really well

Angie - posted on 08/31/2009

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I have a daycare and seem to have it walk through my house every few years:( The very first thing we do is bag up all the clothes that are exposed into large garbage bags, bag all the stuffed animals and throw them off to the side while we are doing the rest of the house. We then vaccuum the entire house, baseboard area included, furniture and beds. Treat your childrens head with either an over the counter or something from GNC and once the treatment shampoo is done we have found an enzyme cream that literally dissolves the cement that holds the nits onto the hair shaft. Once I know my house and children are clean and lice free we start washing clothes and drying them on HIGH heat. Anything that can't be washed but can handle the heat of the dryer, we put it in for an hour. If you have items that can't wash or dry, leave them in the completely sealed bag for 2 weeks. I know this sounds like an awful lot of work but I can honestly say that in 12 years of daycare in my home, only one of our children had a lice in their hair and we NEVER had an outbreak for the season. It usually takes me one entire day to clean my house from top to bottom emptying closets (cause unfortunately the three time we had it here, the kiddos played hide and seek in there) and bagging everything but it sure was nice to know that not only was my home lice free, it got an incredible spring cleaning!!

Mariana - posted on 08/31/2009

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like 3 years ago my 3 year old had that problem,she got them from someone at day care,I had to cut my daughter"s long hair until I went to the doctor and they prescribed this lotion called OVIDE thats smells awful,left it for 20 minutes and end of problem, since then she has never got lies in 2 years.I really recommend you to do that. Good Luck

Heidi - posted on 08/31/2009

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I did the listerine and then Mayo with my daughter and it worked. I bagged the stuffed animals and washed the bedding and dried them. I also Vaccumed and bought a natural spray for my couches. I did throw the pillows away and bought new

Beth - posted on 08/31/2009

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My kids had lice off and one for about a year. No matter what we did we just couldn't get rid of it. No one told me that after the first 2 applications of over the counter treatments that the lice become immune to it. I found a wonderful site online that suggested a 50/50 mixture of baby oil and vinegar. You mix this in a bottle (I use an old shampoo bottle) and saturate the hair. Cover the head for about an hour and then rinse and shampoo a couple times. Yes it does stink and your hair will feel gross for about a day but man does it work. First time we did it you could just see the bugs falling out in the shower. It kills the live and smothers and loosens the nits. We now do treatments every other month as a preventative and we haven't had it back for about 3 years.

Amy - posted on 08/31/2009

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treat with the normal lice treatment which kill the lice only then continue to comb the childs head for 3 days, you cant kill the eggs,but a lice live for three days before they lay eggs so you need to catch them before that.

Jamie - posted on 08/30/2009

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Mayonnaise!!! If you put mayonnaise throughout there hair and wrap it and have them sleep in it. Wash out the next morning just know that they will smell like it for a while but my sisters doctor recommended it because you shouldn't us the over the counter products over and over it isn't healthy.

Heather - posted on 08/30/2009

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I use LICE ICE. I get it at Walgreens this is one thing Walmart doesn't have. This is used 4 prevention and to kill the lice they may have.

Tiffany - posted on 08/30/2009

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Oh and at most salons, and maybe sallys, they make a stuff, all natural called FAIRY TALES lice repel, and if you put it on your children before they get lice, it will help keep them from getting lice. It smells great, and works very well, we use the detangle spray weekly and because its all natural, you dont have to worry about chemicals gettting into your childrens systems

Tiffany - posted on 08/30/2009

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CHECK the bottle first, but most dog shampoos for fleas and ticks, are the same ingredients as the wicked ass expensive stuff, and you get a lot more, we just used that everyday for about 2 weeks just to make sure, and everything was fine....and when you treat the house, toys, ect. dont forget about the CAR..your can seats can carry them and you can re-infect your or your kids heads just by getting in the car

Vanessa - posted on 08/30/2009

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I used lice md natural doesn't smell too bad.....my youngest is really bad about getting...using other peoples brushes etc.....

Marissa - posted on 08/29/2009

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Unfortunately none of these remedies worked for me. My daughter and I were visiting family in South Carolina and didn't realize we both had gotten llice and we brought it home and both my nieces and my sister in law got it from us. It took us almost a year to get rid of the lice. Nothing seemed to work. We finally bought a a lice comb called a Robi lice comb. You can find it on the shelves at Target or WalMart. It is battery operated and is basically a bug zapper, lol. It makes a whining sound when you turn it on. When it hits a live bug it stops. It kills the live adult on contact. You still need to vacuum and put the clothes, bed sheets etc.. in the dryer and bag up the stuffies. I also had to use a treatment from the doctor. It wasn't a shampoo, it was more of a liquid It smelled horrible but the instant it touched my daughter's head the bugs just fell out and they never came back.

Robin - posted on 08/29/2009

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This is what I did for my daughter with long hair...I got a jar of mayo ..not miracle whip..and put it in her hair for 3 hours. The mayo suffocates the lice. Then I rinsed her hair out with white vinegar..the vinegar is acidic and will burn the rest. Is killed all of the lice. Don't forget to put their stuffies and pillows and such in the freezer overnight..this will kill the rest of them.

Danielle - posted on 08/29/2009

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Here are a few preventive tips. Add peppermint oil to a bottle of shampoo. You can get the oil at Sally's or anyother Beauty supply store. Wash your children's hair along with your own ones a week with this shampoo mix. The peppermint oil repels the lice bug. If you get it remeber to treat not only the child but your house and car. If your kids are anything like mine the have lots of stuffed aniamls. Put them in a BLACK garbabe bag tie it up and put it in a dark place (not in direct sunlight) for at least 72 hours. That will kill any eggs on the animals. Wash all bedding in Hot water. Spray your house down with lysol not the regular bottle but the little brown bottle of lysol concentrate. Add one bottle of little brown bottle of lysol to a spray bottle add fabric softner to add a fresh smell. The lysol concentrate has a rough harsh smell and spray all furniture and rugs, car seats, and interior of the car and house. The lysol concentrate kills and repels the bug.Don't forget to due at least two treatments on the affected hair roughly a week apart from each other. I learned these tricks from helping at my local school. My boys brought it home once and never again. We were lucky considering my younger sons room kept having an outbreak. Oh when washing bedding if you have a daughter or son who likes to play dress up wash those cloths in hot water also. Hope this helps.

Fiona - posted on 08/29/2009

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Here's an odd concoction..try Listerine mouthwash in a spray bottle ...it really works and your child's hair smells minty fresh! :-) If your child has a sensitve scalp it might pay to test a wee bit on his/her scalp before spraying the entire head ...good luck!

Jody - posted on 08/28/2009

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in a spay bottle place drops of tea tree oil,mallalucka oil,and lavender oil....also in dry hair conditoner all over and use comb then...it dosnt kill them but they cant run anywhere so aesier to get.....or use a solution then again 2 days later,then repaet 1 week later...once gone hair laquar spayed on hair can help stop headlice attaching eggs to hair???hair gel is also good cause makes it hard for them to lay eggs in hair...hope this wrks or u could allways shave the hair???

Patricia - posted on 08/28/2009

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Cake manoise in her hair and then put a plastic bag over the manoise caked hair. make sure it is tied up good. It has to be on for between 6 to 8 hours. This will kill the bugs and leave her hair shiny and healthy. You will haved to repeat again after a couple days and you will have to comb out the eggs. But it work really well. I think it works better than the store meds. Also make sure all bedding...pillows are washed really good with hot water. The lice sprays work well for them.

Erin-louise - posted on 08/28/2009

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There is stuff called R&C that works great, but it stinks. You can also mix tea tree oil, vodka and water. It works well and depending on how many time you need to do it, you could always drink some of the vodka...lol. You really should get all the nits out because they may still have live ones even after being treated. Good luck.

Jackie - posted on 08/28/2009

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I had to deal with that with Leea my daughter. I tried over and over to get rid of it. I treated everything everyother week for about 4 months. Her scalp was very red and her hair was breaking off because of all of the treatments that I had givin her. I was told to use Helmans Mayonaise. I pit 1/2 a jar on her head and worked it through, put a zip lock baggy over the top of her head and she slept like that over night. When she got up in the morning I washed her hair. It made her hair soft and shiney AND she was over the head lice!

Cari - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

buy real mayo, you know the kind that is oilly & seperates, smear it on your childs hair, wrap it with seran wrap, leave it overnight...rinse it out in the morning, wash your childs hair with dawn dish soap, it strips everything off, use the lice combs to drag the nits out, then wash childs hair as usual, repeat in 3-5 days...all should be good.

you should never use the over the counter stuff on a child under the age of 2yrs, it burns their scalps.

yes after doing this once you wake up craving a deli sandwich, but it really does work on the hair, & use the spray for bedding



Dawn dish soap has the highest concentrate of phosphates of any dish soaps. I wouldn't put that on my childs head either. It is a harsh chemical.



There are natural safe ways.



 



 

Ashley - posted on 08/28/2009

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add tea tree oil to their shampoo, just enough to get a slight hint of it. every now and then do a mayo or olive oil soak - keeps hair soft and kills any eggs that might be hiding!!!

Shannon - posted on 08/28/2009

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buy real mayo, you know the kind that is oilly & seperates, smear it on your childs hair, wrap it with seran wrap, leave it overnight...rinse it out in the morning, wash your childs hair with dawn dish soap, it strips everything off, use the lice combs to drag the nits out, then wash childs hair as usual, repeat in 3-5 days...all should be good.



you should never use the over the counter stuff on a child under the age of 2yrs, it burns their scalps.



yes after doing this once you wake up craving a deli sandwich, but it really does work on the hair, & use the spray for bedding

Cari - posted on 08/28/2009

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I have been using products that have the top of the line tea tree oil in them and my son has never gotten it, even with breakouts in his classroom.

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Shannon - posted on 08/28/2009

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I just went through this with my girls. I went and got the lice shampoo from the store and did both of their heads and mine. Wash all bed linens in hot water, vacuum the floors and couch. Put any stuffed animals in bags and seal them, leave in there for a few days. It's said that they can't live without our blood for 24 hrs. so a few days should be plenty. Use the nit comb every day until you down see anymore lice or nits falling out. The first time I only used the nit comb for 3 days and a week later my daughter complained her head was itching and I checked and she had live ones crawling in her hair. The shampoo is supposed to kill the lice and their nits but I don't think it killed the nits completely. I left it on our hair for 5 minutes longer than what the directions said.

Virginia - posted on 08/28/2009

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The only reason your kiddos get it is because their hair is clean and that makes the little bugs hang on easier, there is a new product called lice md and I have heard that it works! Good luck!

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try soaking their hair in vinegar. In the Philippines, this is what moms do for their children who have head lice. They also keep a super fine teethed comb but I don't know if they have it from where you are. If you can find Filipino stores near your area, they might carry the comb. Just tell them it's for removing lice. Keep their hair protected from too much sun by letting them wear hats. And wash their hair everyday to keep it clean.... Hope this helps.

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i use coconut shampoo and conditioner on my kids the lice do not like the coconut oil i have been blessed never to have to deal with that

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Good old fashioned Mayo sometimes works to loosen the eggs and nits (there is a difference) eggs have yet to hatch and nits have already hatched...the eggs are darker in color and the nits are a whitish color. The nits are harmless and the eggs are as well if the are more the 1/4 of an inch from the scalp....they can't survive further down the hair shaft. Another treatment that may help is Olive Oil also Vinegar mixed with some alcohol seems to help too. I have literally tried them ALL and done a plethora of research doing battle with the nasty little critters and the school. The only one I have found to be 100% effective every single time is a prescription from the doctor called Ovide. It kills both the eggs AND the bugs and retreating is seldom necessary. Hope that helps.

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