can u treat kids head for lice everyother friday until they are gone?

Desiree - posted on 01/17/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my bf gets his kids everyother weekend. the past 3 weekends we have had them they are covered with head lice. we treat them, send them home and they return with them. Their mother doesnt like me (shes hoping my bf will come back to her) so i can not discuse this matter with her and my bf doesnt want to make her mad because she wont let him have the kids...so my question is will it hurt them to treat their hair everyother friday when we get them?

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Desiree - posted on 01/17/2015

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Thanks Jody...that really does help...they are 10 and 7 so they are old enough to be able to have their own shampoo and know they have to use it to keep the bugs off. On Sunday's I sit and pull every nit out I can before sending them home.

Jodi - posted on 01/17/2015

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Can I ask how old the children are? My brother had the exact same issue with his children and we believe that mum was actually the host. She self treated, but has really long, thick, curly hair, so there is no way she could be sure she doesn't have them if only self treating. So every time my brother had the kids back, they had them again. I used to visit with my kids and make sure they were hairsprayed up, lol. So I do understand your frustration.

However, once the children reached an old enough age, we explained that they HATE tea tree oil. So we provided them with shampoo and conditioner with tea tree oil in it, as well as a water spray bottle with tea tree oil. They were old enough to use these preventative measures themselves and it really helped. So once they were treated on holidays (my brother had them for 3 weeks), we gave them these and really have not had problems since.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2015

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Depending on the treatment used, you may have to remove nits every 2-3 days for 2-3 weeks to be sure all remaining lice and nits are removed. Some of the treatments also recommend a second treatment 7-9 days after the first. Here is the CDC link to treating lice:
http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/t...
Someone is going to have to step up get on board with a team approach. Whether it is safe or not, these kids should not have to undergo lice treatment every time they come to visit.
Also, over time the lice will become resistant to treatment. You do not want these kids ending up with a super-species of lice and then taking them to school.

Ev - posted on 01/17/2015

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YOu can try those home remedies but they do not always work and how are you guys to know she has actually cleaned her entire house out. If you keep on using those chemical treatments every two weeks, its gonna cause a lot of health issues.

Desiree - posted on 01/17/2015

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I do our house Sunday after they leave. I have an 11 year old daughter and work very hard at keeping her from getting it. She had it in the 2nd grade so I'm familiar with the steps to get rid of them and keep them gone. Their mom is aware they have a problem and says she is doing the nessasary steps to get rid of them but they keep returning with them. We can only do so much it is up to her to take care of her house hold she has other kids and I'm sure they have them and are miserable as well. I just need to know of any extras we can do besides the chemicals...heard coconut shampoo also heard a mayo / oil combo...just until her home gets them under control. Thanks!

Ev - posted on 01/17/2015

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The problem is not that you are not treating them. The bigger problem is that they keep having it when they come over because mom is not doing enough or her part at all to help get rid of it. It takes more than just treating the head. You also have to clean the house thoroughly with vaccum, change bedding, spray the lice spray on all cloth covered furniture, mattresses, etc even in the car; bag any stuffed toys or cloth toys for two weeks and run everything with hot water and hot dryer in laundry. Mom also needs to do these things. Also those chemicals in the treatments are very dangerous to use for pro-longed periods of time. Your BF needs to get MOM on the same page and get both homes treated as well as the kids. You also have to check the hair for the nits or eggs and make sure they are pulled totally out.

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