what to do about head lice have tried everything

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Rachel - posted on 03/21/2009

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My pediatrician suggested using puppy flea and tick shampoo. We had it for almost a year when my sibling group were still having visits with their birth parents. I tried RID and prescription stuff but it didn't work for long. I switched their shampoo out to the orange scented puppy shampoo and suave orange conditioner so they could use it every day. The little critters left and stayed gone. In addition I put zippered covers on their pillows under their cases and cleaned their bedding daily. One of the things I found to be very helpful was to put their book bags and coats in the dryer for an hour. ANything you need to keep can be put in the freezer to kill them.

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Tiffany - posted on 07/06/2013

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This was all great advice and I am going to dye my hair anyway so thank you. In past years what I did was smother hair in regular hair conditioner and comb every little bit of hair it helps to get the eggs and not so bad for kids head the Combs can get stuck in hair this works well for removal but wash everything you can to make sure to get all them gone. Good luck

Roxanne - posted on 03/31/2009

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blow drying their hair (every other day and it doesn't have to be fully dried) and Suave Daily Clarifying shampoo and conditioner! Haven't had issues since using these! Sounds strange but we were having an issue with lice and now we don't

Jennie - posted on 03/22/2009

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We have fought lice before and found that they like to get down in the pillows!  I finally threw away all the pillows and bought new ones--no more problem.  STuffed animals, blankets and pillows were the biggest problems.  I could get them out of the hair, but not even hot water and hot cycle in the dryer was killing them.  And when the kids spend the night elsewhere--they take their own pillow.

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Someone told me that when their kids had it they used vasceline all over their kids head with a shower cap and make them sit for an hour with it on. Then using baking soda helps clean out the vasceline.  Also, spraying your kids hair and clothes with water mixed with white vinegar is supposed to keep them away...

Sirina - posted on 03/22/2009

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hello head lice can be a pain in the bum but i have find that if you use baby oil to get out the live ones and most of the eggs then tea tree shampoo and a cheep conditioner you will find that you will be free from head lice and there eggs when you have done that just wash bedding in hot water. in about three day wash you childs hear agean to make sure they have all gone. thay not to wash hear every day once aweek is all you need as head lice like clean hear. and a nice bob is in at the mo. i hope that works

Pam - posted on 03/21/2009

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Hi,iam a mom of 4 children 12 year old boy 10 year old boy and twin daughters that are 8,we have never ever had headlice,BUT,i treat all of there hair on a weekly bases with tea tree shampoo,and the oil,i have done this since they were school age and we have never gotten them,so my suggestion to you is after you get rid of them i would look into the tea tree oil shampoo and the oil and treat the hair once a week even if there is no lice,i guarantee you that it prevents them,it has worked so far for my family,so give it a try.....

Alicia - posted on 03/17/2009

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It is also important to try to find the source which is difficult because it could be anywhere!!!  I did the whole oil, mayo, rid, bla bla bla to my childs head and when I finally took her to the health dept she said not to do this because it will iritate the childs head.   She did say to use Tea tree oil that is what they use in the 3rd world countries.



When looking for the nits and lice this is what I do and so far has been pretty effective & when I say effective I have not seen or had anything for a while.



Sun light is the best sourse of light to use.  I have also found flea and tick comb are the best when brushing to find the live lice because the space between the teeth are small.   I wash the girls hair, then comb it examining everytime I reach the bottom of their hair.  After everything is brushed I go through it agin piece by piece. 



Wash the bedding and everything washable in HOT water and dried on HOT.  Then I wold vaccum their bed, car, couch, chairs, etc.  I actually found that I did this my youngest got them again and again but my oldest would not get them back.  They share a room and are 16 months apart so they are together alot.  Then I realized my youngest sleeps w/ a blanket over her head.  I took and washed it alone then dried it twice alone on HOT (ofcourse after washing and vaccuming again) ...no more lice...so far!!!



Good luck to you. 

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2009

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Get rid of all stuffed animals! I had same problem. I put all animals in a bag and threw them away. I washed everything in my house with hot water and the also, you have to go through every inch of her hair and all of yours. Get someone to help you and just look until you cant look anymore and then look again. You gotta do it for weeks until it doesn't come back but when I threw away the stuffed animals, my kids never got it again.

Mandie - posted on 03/16/2009

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Yeah they are hard to kill! You should be a ble to just use the over the counter RID. But you also have to throw away everything you can and bag and seal all that you cant. As a preventitive you can use any kind of shampoo that contains nettle extract. They hate it. There is also a new line of products called school house. its also a preventitive. Good Luck.

Barbie - posted on 03/16/2009

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lots and lots of cleaning depending on childs age i dyed my daughter hair with ammonia dye, this was my last resort you can try baby oil ,mayo,vinger for the eggs but clean daily vaccum dust clean bedding throw out pillows buy new. check hair daily with a bright light and comb check every strand sometimes eggs will be brown and white and silver if its stuck on strand its a egg get rid of it and change vaccume bag offten boil all hair stuff combs brushes , bag all stuffed animals and things you cant clean in hot water. preventive sauve coconut shampoo dont forget to clean out car good luck been there done that

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