HELP LICE!

Anastasia - posted on 03/28/2013 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My step daughters come up every other weekend and for the past 7 months every time they come to our house they have had lice... not sure what to do at this point their mother knows because they've been sent home from school 28 times with it but CPS in their county won't do anything about it because we can't prove that its a risk to their health. We've been treating them every time they come up but I'm worried that if we keep treating it it'll cause long lasting damage to them because you aren't supposed to use lice killer a lot and we've tried other methods but even when we send them home clean they come back with it.

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Pamela - posted on 04/07/2013

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Contact CPS and explain that you believe that using the lice treatments so regularly may be dangerous to the health of the children. Explain to CPS that they have been sent home from school 28 times. Maybe CPS isn't aware that the school is sending them home so often.
Obviously the other home where they stay is not kept clean...bed linens washed regularly, etc.
If you do not want to contact CPS, contact the children's doctor and explain the situation to the doctor. Perhaps a call from the doctor's office will help to initiate a change in the cleanliness of the home.
Hope the problem is solved to the benefit of all concerned! the highest and best to you all.

Debbi - posted on 04/05/2013

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Have you heard of Lice Happens? Google search for their products. They have safe products and a great comb. You can use it on them each time they come to assure they don't leave any with you. They/You can also use the comb every time after shower. if consistent it really keeps the lice away. Lice is a pain but usually not that hard to get rid of. Use the comb after every shower as preventive. If the kids are old enough, they can use it themselves after every shower to keep away. hope it helps!

Kim - posted on 04/01/2013

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Mayonaise on their head with a plastic shower capfor a few hhours will work. Tea tree shampoo prevents lice. Also hair spray and gel keeps it out.if the house is not treated it does live in furniture and stuffed animals and mattress.

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Sarah - posted on 04/19/2013

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Can the school health service not help? If they are missing that much school it is a concern for their health. If their mother is not cleaning their heads what else is she not doing? Could you raise that point with them? What about CPS in your county? They are resident there too and surely they have a duty of care when the children are in their county? Really start bugging everybody you can. Their doctor, health visitor, school nurse, school counsellor. Get in touch and say you are concerned about the amount of school they are missing.
It's slightly more than annoying because it is beginning to look like neglect on their mother's part.
Because lice live off the blood supply in the head children can become anaemic if left untreated long enough.
Hope this helps. Good Luck

Cat - posted on 04/12/2013

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My daugher has thick curly hair. I thought I got all of the lice out...I would treat her hair every other day for a week. The school nurse told me that she still had them after all the attempts to get them all out with the lice treatment. So my girl friend blow out (hair dryer) her hair straight and flat iron her hair. Yes, this was the answer to killing the lice. I hope this helps.

Mina - posted on 04/05/2013

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Honestly, it sounds to me like you're doing everything you can do, short of going to the moms house and doing HER job for her! Have you tried sending them home with all new bedding and hair supplies? That's the only other thing I can think of. Sorry. Wish I could help more. I know it's very frustrating that you guys have to spend their daddy time cleaning them up and then sending them right back to the same unhealthy environment over and over again. Good luck to you guys. (If it makes you feel any better, the girls are very luck to have a stepmom that cares so much about them)

Anastasia - posted on 04/02/2013

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So I think I may end up taking this down no one seems to get the point that I don't have problems getting rid of the house I'm more looking for a solution... to get their mother to deal with it on her end the girls don't have any friends at their school because they're the kids with lice and the school has sent them home with life so often they've stopped sending them home they just tie their hair back and sit them in ISS for the day and send a note home with them and their mother has gotten to the point she's been telling the girls its dandruff so when I clean out their heads on the weekends they are up I show them the still squirming lice before I drown them in rubbing alcohol I mean really is there anything I can do other than keep telling their mother oh we found bugs again ... I'm to the point I'm considering sticking them all in a baggie and handing them to her when we bring them back I just don't want them all over our house and car after I just clean them out. Sorry I'm just mildly agitated about the whole situation.

Rhea - posted on 04/02/2013

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The over the counter products don't work. When my daughter had lice I used tea tree oil. Put about 10 drops in about 4 tbs of oil (veg or olive). Apply the mixture to the head and cover with shower cap for about 3 hrs. Comb out the nits. Wash hair thoroughly. I also added about 10 drops of the tea tree oil and a few drops of peppermint oil ( for a nice scent) to her shampoo. Use that shampoo once a week to keep the lice away.

Make sure the house is vacummed daily until all evidence of lice and eggs are gone. Wash sheets daily. Throw away all hair items...combs, barrettes, etc. anythingnthat can be washed...hats, stuffed animals, etc. should be washed and dryed on the highest heat setting. If they can't be washed and you dont want to throw them away, then put them in a plastic bag and seal tightly for 2 weeks. Then vacuum them.

Teach them not to share anything with anyone at school......hats, pillows, combs etc.

Good Luck!

Cyndi - posted on 04/01/2013

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Try coconut oil. Its a great conditioner and is supposed to kill them on contact. I found that on pintrist, havent had a reason to try but if it helps not to damage hair then its awesomr. Also, if the school has a moms page on fb.post on there to check their kids hair. I did that for a friend of mine and she hasnt had any more trouble.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2013

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I had an issue with the same problem with my step kids. Every time they came to visit we would have to clean out their hair, also. I use mayonnaise in their hair, just get it straight from the jar or squeeze bottle and put it in the hair like gel. The oil in the mayo makes it easier to comb out the nits, not to mention it is good moisturizer for their hair :-)... It ended up that it was their mother that had them. I found out that their mothers sister cleaned her out one time and after that the girls didn't come with lice anymore. However, until the issue is resolved with your step kids, buy each of them their own brush and hair ties, and let them know how important it is to just use their own. See if that helps..

Dove - posted on 03/29/2013

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Well... if they are with you guys for 2 days any lice at her house should be dead... unless they are coming from HER. Lice can't live off of a human head for more than 48 hours (might even be 24) and a nit won't hatch unless it's attached to a human hair.

I don't know the solution to your problem though. I've only dealt with lice once and only one of my kids had them. All we did was regular conditioner and several comb outs. We did do normal laundry and vacuuming too, but nothing other than what normally needs done. It took about 10 days of comb outs every 2-3 days to get rid of them all. It is quite likely that if you only have them 2 days in a row you are missing some.

Anastasia - posted on 03/29/2013

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We been switching between the rid and nit free (an all natural lice remover that is not pesticide) and we clean out everything we can find daily withnit free terminator combs which work really really good. As far as we can tell by the time we send them home they don't have lice anymore but their mother says the lice is coming from our house and won't clean up their bedding and such so as soon as they go home its back and we've tried teaching them how to comb themselves out or comb each other out but as soon as one pulls the others hair hell breaks loose

Dove - posted on 03/28/2013

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If they just keep getting it... Stop treating it with chemicals.

Just make sure you have a good lice comb (Licemeister... or some name like that is supposed to be pretty good), wash the hair with regular shampoo, slather on the conditioner... and do thorough comb outs whenever they are there.

Lice really isn't an issue to their health (though a big pain), but missing that much school SHOULD be a reportable issue.

How old are they? If they are 6+ buy them their own lice comb and teach them how to do a good comb out.... probably not as good as being done by a grown up, but better than only being treated once every 2 weeks.

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