are you fed up of headlice?

Mel - posted on 12/15/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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are their any mums who have school age kids we have a 7yr old im fed up of him getting nits we cheack him evey week when he gets them we treat his hair thnk hat he is fine then a few weeks later he gets them again even got to the point that he has given them to me & his baby brother lucky for his dad they dont like his hair does anybody have the same prob as us & are you as fed up as we are that your child keeps on geting them
why dont the treatments that you can get over the counter & doctor prescriptions dont seam to work
i think the next solusion is for him to have his hair constanty shaved we dont want to as it winter he be too cold but what can we do?

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Tara - posted on 12/16/2011

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Get a Nitty Gritty Nit Comb, google it. We had a lice problem this past fall, I used all the different over the counter stuff, they killed the adults and while we did comb through their hair vigilantly. You must be vigilant with combing, the solutions don't kill the eggs. (nits are actually the shell of the egg once the nymph has hatched). Combing daily for 3 weeks or so will rid your hair of all eggs. However, using the cheapo plastic combs that come in the box is almost pointless. Get a nitty gritty comb! They catch and kill all the eggs etc. and can be used daily in the shower or bath to keep the beasties at bay. Using public computers/head phones/chairs etc. riding the bus etc. after someone with adult lice can cause a re infestation easily. Daily combing is your best defense.

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Sherri - posted on 12/17/2011

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The problem you are having is you are not getting every single egg when you are combing his hair. The over the counter and dtr prescriptions work like a charm actually.

You will have to comb his hair several times a day with a nit comb for about a week to make sure you are getting every single nit.

Plus all your couches, chairs, rugs, mattresses all needs to be treated as well. Bedding, jackets, towels etc all needs to be washed in the hottest water possible. Plus any stuffed animals and soft toys need to be bagged up in plastic bags and tied and kept that way for 2 wks.

Faye - posted on 12/17/2011

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The over the counter stuff says to retreat in 7 days. I would retreat in 5 or 6 days! Two apps is all we have ever had to do whenever my daughter, now 20, would get them.



Strip the bedding, wash it on HOT water. Stuff the stuffed animals in a trash bag and place it either in the garage OR garden shed for 2 weeks.



While the bedding is in the wash, vacuum the mattress, vacuum the floor and then toss the bag.

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Yea, my mom would do the entire neighbor hood whenever we would catch lice. Make sure they were good and good and gone.

Mel - posted on 12/16/2011

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we have tryed the tea tree oil it seam to work for a few weks then he gets them again i do agree with kirsty why carnt some parents be arsed to check their kids hair?
yeah it fine washing bedding but be realistiact how can i put a sofa in the machine? esp when the covers dont come off? i do vac the sofas regurally
it even got to the point that jamie refused to wash his hair for tw weeks (i no gross) you would think that would have worked but the little blighters still got to him
i do now think it down t the boy he hangs arround with at school they best mates but how can i tell my son to keep away from him he aint got tht many mates as it it is

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Mix tea tree oil in your shampoo, or get tea tree shampoo.It works wonders. You can even use it in the wash to help get rid of them from your sheets and pillow cases etc.

Kellie - posted on 12/15/2011

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I don't know that it's parents not giving a damn but more like parents don't realize you need to treat everything. They treat the hair then think that's it, job done, but the nits are in the kids beds, sheets, pillows, toys etc etc and they don't think to treat those things too so the problem just reoccurs.

Kirsty - posted on 12/15/2011

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Oh yes i'm sick of......I have a 9 and 5 year old who get them all the time...It grosses me out.....I regularly treat their hair and still they get them.....Apparently Nits like clean hair so what are we supposed to do as parents....I believe it comes down to other parents at their school not giving a damn about their kids hair...

I dont know if it's true but have heard there is a family of 5 children at my kids school who's mother refuses to treat her children...She doesn't believe in putting chemicals on her children (if true her beliefs are fine with me, as long as she uses something as there are natural treatments available)...

I have been told that leaving a small amount of conditioner in the hair works, Nits can't grip the hair with it in....There is also a deterrent spray available that I have been using on my kids, it does smell slightly when applying but after 5 min I can't notice it..It also gives hair a nice glossy sheen

Kellie - posted on 12/15/2011

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Yep, denit EVERYTHING, pillows, toys, beds, couches, sheets, hats, everything.

Don't worry about over the counter stuff, slather hair in conditioner, leave it for like half an hour, then use a nit comb to comb the hair. Or if you feel like you need to use something use Tee Tree Oil, nits hate it.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/15/2011

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You need to get all the eggs from the hats and blankets and sofas, too. Dryer on HOT cycle, vacuumed thoroughly, or sealed up in plastic for 2 weeks, or something like that. Look it up online, it's a huge pain, but it's doable.

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