Head Lice Prevention

Stephanie - posted on 10/19/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am currently looking for products either in Australia or available online for international shipping that prevent head lice. My 6 year old daughter has very long hair and we have been getting note sent home regarding lice in her class. I will try anything and everything I can to prevent lice.
I would prefer natural product suggestions but will use a chemical if someone can assure me it will work..
Thanks

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Jennifer - posted on 10/25/2010

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I am actually a pharmacy student and JUST did a continuing education class on head lice. First, let me give you the site of the class,



http://www.powerpak.com/print.asp?page=c...



I've read a few people say tea tree oil, which in studies proved effective, as did citronella, peppermint oil, the Australian herb quassia amara, and using incredible amounts of conditioner (theory is, the more slippery the hair shaft, the less likely nits can attach).

If you go about 3/4 of the way down the article, you'll see a heading of prevention. I certainly hope it helps! Best of luck!!

Also, in case of an infestation: Try over the counter Cetafil Lotion: An abbreviated version of the instructions is as follows: apply the lotion, wait 2 minutes, comb out excess lotion with a nit comb, blow dry hair, wait 8 hours, shampoo, and then mechanically remove nits. It has a 100% kill rate in just 2 applications!

Heather - posted on 10/20/2010

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Our school sent home the fact sheet from:
http://www.health.wa.gov.au/docreg/Educa...

Unfortunately when it hits a school, everyone has to be diilligent in checking and treating it.
We got a ROBI-comb from the pharmacy and found this to be quite good, but the $2.50 plastic comb from price-line or the pharmacy and cheap conditioner prove to be the most effective method in finding and removing them.

Tracy - posted on 10/20/2010

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we always use tea tree oil. In shampoo or in a water bottle to mist on hair in the morning.

Jeannie - posted on 10/20/2010

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Tea tree oil, just a small drop in her shampoo when you wash, is said to help prevent lice. Blow drying hair might also work.

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Tricia - posted on 08/06/2012

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look for a hair line called fairy tails. They have natural ingredients to repel the lice. Here are the ingredients(you may find something like it if its not available there) Pure rosemary, citronella and tea tree oils and peppermint. it a detangling conditioner. www.fairytaleshaircare.com

Amber - posted on 10/25/2010

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Sadly, there isn't any real fool proof way to prevent head lice. But there are some very easy ways of getting rid of it. Tea Tree Oil is my favorite way. You mix so many drops in with your shampoo and let it sit for a little bit (you can find the mixture ratio online) and it suffocates the lice. Also, use FLEA COMBS to rid any knits from the hair if you ever end up with head lice. The lice combs have too big of gaps between the teeth leaving room to miss the smaller knits, whereas Flea Combs are made for teeny tiny eggs, and work excellent! I used one every day for weeks after a head lice outbreak and to this day continue to do so just in case. You can also get a shower cap and put Olive Oil onto the persons' head and leave it on for about a half hour (it's also supposed to be REALLY healthy for hair), There's also a company called Melaleuca and it's supposed to be a company that sells "natural" or "eco-friendly/green" products for all aspects of life. The site is www.melaleuca.com. If all else fails, the military actually has the stuff they use to treat lice available for families to purchase. It's pretty expensive, but well worth the money in those horrible situations where nothing else has worked!

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Tea tree oil in shampoo or just tea tree oil sprayed on the scalp. It's the only thing that worked on my SD. She got lice so many times during the year I was considering shaving her head ^^

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I've got the impression that there aren't really any effective non-toxic products that prevent nit infestation.

The cheapest and most effective thing I'd recommend is weekly combing of the hair with a metal nit comb and lots of conditioner (cheap stuff is OK). You can add a couple of drops of tea tree if you like the smell but it is the physical combing that is actually doing the job. This doesn't have to take long - in 5 minutes you see if there's anything there and you can get them before they've had time to breed.

I spent $50 on an electronic device that was meant to zap the nits but it was completely useless! I was furious!

Joanne - posted on 10/23/2010

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Hi in Australia, so maybe able to help you, have used natural products before about 5 of them on the fridge they dont work cost all up about $50 i was told to use FullMarks with the Metal Comb it got rid of my DD1 shoulder lenth and my 1/2 way down the back hair, i put it in sunday night by the following sunday it was gone i also comb her hair every night for 20 minutes she didnt like that very much. Like the other mum said hair Up all the time and hair spray helps aswell. We had them for 3 months useing diffrent things this was the best.Good luck.

Lorrie - posted on 10/22/2010

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Shampoo and conditioner with coconut is supposed to discourage head lice. I also got home the "Lice" note. Uggg.

Marie - posted on 10/21/2010

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You are lucky to look for PREVENTTON & to be proactive, because it can be a nasty affair once infestation occurs. After a full month of very costly drug store products (repeatedly shampooing etc), I bought Nit Free Terminator comb from Amazon and that helped eradicate the issue once and for all. But as far as the prevention, be sure to send your daughter to school with her hair UP and not long as you described. Tell her to not let her hair or head get too close to others because of the potential lice. Try looking for Rosemary/Tea Tea products also which help to repel.

Candy - posted on 10/20/2010

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Also blow dry her hair at night after you wash it. My mom NEVER got head lice but I did. I had hair down to my butt. Try comb that out. Any way the Doctor said because my Mom blow dryed her hair every day the eyes would dry out and the adults were killed by the heat.

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