Can anybody give me some tips on how to deal with head lice PLEASE.
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Charlotte - posted on 02/07/2009
Can anybody give me some tips on how to deal with head lice PLEASE.
My kids were constantly in contact with head lice because a parent of kids (one in each of my son's classes) couldn't be bothered to pick the nits and lice out of their hair once treated.
I was told to try Listerine. You put some ORIGINAL Listerine in a spray bottle and saturate their hair. I leave it on for about 5 minutes, then blow their hair dry. The lice and nits turn white and literally fall right out and fall off the hair. This doesn't mean that you don't have to "knit pick" their hair.
I also bought a "ROBI COMB" which is an electric lice comb, that will kill the lice as soon as they hatch, meaning you don't have to use chemicals, as long as you comb out their hair more than once a day. (if you're like me, I was constantly doing it, cause I HATE bugs of any kind).
Hope this info helps you out some!
Sonya - posted on 04/25/2010
we dealt with this problem for over 6 months. found it was coming from my daughters step sister when she went to visit her dad. I have tried everything, oils, bought over the counter treatments, prescription treatments, organic treatments, fancy combs, COCONUT, AND GREEN TEA PRODUCTS. EVERYTHING! her hair is very thick, it was a HUGE problem. the ONLY thing that will get rid of them is combing, thoroughly every NIT. I would use a product such as RID, or local brand is same! and sit down OUTDOORS preferably and comb comb comb. rinsing the comb in hot water and wiping on towel in between comb strokes. heat helped too, if bad case..like hers was in beginning....we blow dried after RID treatment and placed a towel on floor. you could see the bugs fall off. but that won't help the nits. we combed everyday for 2 weeks before we finally got rid of them for good. and FYI, LICE LIKE CLEAN HAIR, NOT DIRTY. so those who think keeping you kids head clean will prevent it, well..you are wrong. you can get it sitting in a chair that someone sat in 24 hours before you that had it..like at the movies, on a bus, in a car. you must vacuum EVERYTHING!!! COUCHES, CHAIRS, FLOORS, WASH ALL LINENS AND DRY AT HIGH HEAT. LICE CAN LIVE OFF THE HUMAN BODY FOR 24 HOURS, I ASSUME 48 HOURS JUST TO BE SAFE..THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR TAKING STUFFED ANIMALS AND THROW PILLOW AND STORING TILL PROBLEM IS CLEANED UP. i WISH YOU LUCK DEAR. IT IS A PAIN TO GET RID OF!! BEEN THERE!!!
Helen - posted on 04/25/2010
hi i live in hawaii. my daughters school, most of the kids there have problems also. for my daughter she hasn't had any problem thank god. i been putting coconut oil, a gel form, in her hair. i also heard that baby oil is great. i usually put it on after she showers.
Jenny - posted on 04/24/2010
Use only non-toxic products on your children when they have a case of head lice as the pesticide based ones no longer work and besides they are dangerous for your kids.
I use LiceLogic products for both treatment and prevention. They are very effective and smell great. The kids love them too. Also, they are good for the hair and you can use them even when you do not have lice.
Another VIP thing: you need a very good metal nit comb. Without one it is nearly impossible to get rid of the lice and the nits.
I found LiceLogic products online at LiceLogic.com and really cannot say enough great things about this company. I called them for in-home service only to find they did not have anyone in my area to come to my home so the owner herself talked me through how to do the comb-outs the way the professionals do it. She spent almost an hour with me on the phone and told me I could call her anytime with questions or for moral support as I was totally freaking out!
Anyway, i bought the products and followed the directions and we eliminated our head lice problem within days!!!!! The trick is to do the comb-outs every day for 7 days regardless of what you find in the hair just to be safe.
Then use the preventative products so your children do not pick it up again from their friends since they most likely picked it up from someone they know.
Emma - posted on 02/17/2009
oh boy with 4 kids i do have a few tips through trial and error lol. you can use mineral oil and tea tree oil but the easiest way i found is just put a few drops in there shampoo and wash like normal. but if you dont want to use that i read that lavender oil works as well and it smells nice. since my daughter is sensitive i refused to use the chemical versions on them, its full of poison which leeches into the skin, yuck
Sarah - posted on 02/17/2009
It is a waste of money to buy the stuff in the store. My doctor told me to used mayo and leave it on over night because it suffocates the lice since they breathe through their body. Use a ploastic shower cap over their hair. When you rinse it out use a lice comb to go through the hair and make sure you get them all. Don't forget to bag up all stuffed animals and pillows, etc... Keep them out of room for a week or so the lice can't live outside the head. I have been there...it was the summer of hell!
Amy - posted on 02/15/2009
Believe it or not lice prefer clean hair!
Head lice is terrible, my daughter some how got them when she was just 3 years old. I tried 3 different over the counter remedies and I was still forever pulling out living lice! I am a nurse and one of my co-workers told me to try real Mayonaise and coat that all over your childs head then wrap the hair in saran wrap (plastic) wrap. keep on for at least 30 min. This suffocates the lice and they come right out with combing. Not to mention my daughters hair was super shiny and soft. This worked! My daughter thought she was funny with Mayo in her hair too!
Taren - posted on 02/15/2009
Coconut Oil or Virgin Olive Oil saturated into the scalp and combed out (fine tooth comb) will stop this. Try not to shampoo everyday. Lice sticks to really clean hair. There is also a product line for kids called FairyTales that is for lice, they have a sprays & gels with organic herbs that can be used everyday, It repels lice and their eggs. The website is www.fairytales4hair.com. The products are excellent and have Rosemary,Lavender & plenty of other good stuff in it to stop lice from invading your children's hair.
Wendy - posted on 02/15/2009
in rugby we have a very good headlice oil called nittygritty and it has no nasty smell it just has lavender and things and u put it on and every 10/15 mins u go though the hair and out they come eggs and all the bottle cost around £9 but u only need a small amount and it last a long time i have used it on both my girls and myself as we have astama the nit comb cost around the same price but has a life time garante
User - posted on 02/11/2009
Hi my boys were constantly plagued with nits and then I tried this Hair Oil from a company called Argyll Herbs Direct that I found on the net. It is totally herbal and Organic and my boys have not been infected again. I hope this helps XXX
Darlene - posted on 02/10/2009
This has been a huge problem this year! From what I've heard, the Oive Oil treatment is the best bet, or pain conditioner. Put it in and leave it for about 20 minutes, then comb out ALL the nits you can see. If you don't get them all out, you may have another outbreak! It is also important to keep checking periodically-at least weekly for the next month or so to make sure you got them all. Make sure to treat all bedding, beds, sofa's, stuffed animals, carpets, carseats, and car upholstery too, along with coats, hats and scarves. It's a pain, but the better job you do the first time, the less likely you will get reinfested.
Lindsey - posted on 02/10/2009
If you put some Tea Tree Oil in your shampoo bottle or add a drop to a hand full of shampoo just before washing the hair, it will help. The lice bugs Do Not like Tea Tree Oil! It works I have tried it and I know of a few other moms who swear by it as well. Another suggestion is try washing your childs hair ever 3 days, (you can still bath them everyday just don't apply shampoo) Lice bugs like clean hair, not dirty hair!!
I Hope that this can Help!! Good Luck!!
Alicia - posted on 02/10/2009
Unfortunatly its a constant battle those who have not had to deal with it are very fortunate and those of us that have dealt with it I'm sure we can sympathize. My poor girls hate that I go through their hair all the time but its something that has to be done. Good luck to everyone. I went to the health department because my daughter had problems and I tried RID, mayo, olive oil, etc because I have heard the same things. The lady at the health dept said not to do these thing becuase they irriate the scalp, she showed me where my daughters scalp was turning a bright pink for doing everything I had done. "knit picking" is very teedious and time consuming but it is the most important thing that needs to be done. Good luck again
Tea tree oil will kill it. As a hair dresser I would advice you once you get rid of the lice. Blow dry the hair nightly. Lice can't stand the heat. It's a pain to get rid of but you have to treat the hair ,bedding,brushes and everything also.Lysol kills it too. Just spray the bedding and other stuff then laundrer.
Sara - posted on 02/07/2009
go to www.fairytaleshaircare.com . they are all organic haircare for kids. They have a system to get rid of them, I've never used that but we use the rosemary repel shampoo- it repels head lice. my kids have never had head lice even when they were in close contact( sleeping, doing each other hair w/ the same brush) with there cousins who had it. it's made in New York but it is carried at salons around the east coast at least, but you can order from the web site.
Tlani - posted on 02/07/2009
hi i have tried all those nasty lice products and the best thing i found was plain old conditioner and a nit comb this takes as much time as any other treatment . the conditioner paralyses the lice while its in the hair and it alson makes those damn eggs easier to get out just coat hair in conditioner of your choice and use nit comb as usual clean comb in conttainer of hot water after each stroke and was out when u are done repeat a couple of days l8r incase you missed any eggs keep hair up ang spray with conditioner and water mix to prevent reinfestation hope this helps
Amy - posted on 02/07/2009
Vaseline, or another heavy oil, can help loosen nits. It'll also help suffocate them. Do NOT put poison on the head when it's wet (despite what's on the box). In fact, what worked best for me was letting the poison dry on the head for at least 8 hours before rinsing. And washing EVERYTHING possible in hot water, bleach if possible; bag any unwashables for 2 weeks, and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! That includes couches and chairs!
Charlotte - posted on 02/07/2009
I tried the Tea Tree oil in the shampoo, and my daughter still got them! Kinda made me loose faith in the tea tree oil... Also head lice are not a dirty person's "bug"... They LOVE clean hair. Clean hair makes it easier for them to "stick" to...
Natalie - posted on 02/07/2009
Sheereena, My children have never had head lice as i am very strict on their hair care. My children wash their hair and EVERY time they condition it they run the nit comb through their hair. This will always prevent them, so even if they had one in there from school it would not last long. I also use a home made spray of tea tree oil and water that i spay in my kids hair before school this solution doesn't allow the head lice to be able to hold on to the hair. Getting rid of them is hard its just persistence and really trying to make sure you remove all the eggs to prevent future break outs.
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