Head lice.

User - posted on 11/26/2008 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My daugher has very thick hair and the nits that are laid are so small I find them very hard to get out. I have you 2 differnt lotions on her hair and still found live lice and use electric brush aswell and still they come back . Any suggestions would be gratefull.

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Laura - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

Head lice can't live off the body, they can't survive without blood. there is no need to wash all bedding etc. The best way I found to rid my 8yr old is to use a bottle of conditioner and a fine tooth comb. The conditioner stuns the lice so they are easy to remove and it doesn't hurt as much. As for the eggs they only came out with the use of fingernails. My daughter has a headband that's infused with tea-tree, eucalyptus and lavander oils to prevent reinvestation. I also have bought a special anti-headlice hairspray.



Jessica, where did you get this head band?

Josie - posted on 12/01/2008

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I struggled to get rid of nits from my friends daughters hair... we used EVERYTHING

then we covered her hair with conditioner, and left it in over night (she wore a shower cap) and yay! it got them all

chemists also sell a spray to make nits go pink - easier to spot..

User - posted on 12/01/2008

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My sister put Olive Oil on my nieces hair and wrapped her head in a grocery bag for a couple of hours. That is the only way she could get rid of them. They stayed for several weeks, but after that there were no more problems!

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Also a few years ago some friends of mine were involved in researching a nit product here in NZ and the Doctor who was trialing his product had studies nits extensively and found that they can in fact survive up to 7 days in the environment!!!! So YES do the bed linen and carpets.

Jessica - posted on 12/01/2008

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Head lice can't live off the body, they can't survive without blood. there is no need to wash all bedding etc. The best way I found to rid my 8yr old is to use a bottle of conditioner and a fine tooth comb. The conditioner stuns the lice so they are easy to remove and it doesn't hurt as much. As for the eggs they only came out with the use of fingernails. My daughter has a headband that's infused with tea-tree, eucalyptus and lavander oils to prevent reinvestation. I also have bought a special anti-headlice hairspray.

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Julie - posted on 03/01/2009

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i have a daughter who is ten now she came home from school when she was about 8 and was loaded with nits i treated her with derbac which smells bad and because her hair is fine had to do strand by strand which took hours as her hair is long ,she has not had nits now for two years im happy to say but washing hair with conditioner every week helps too hope this is some help to you

Amie - posted on 12/02/2008

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I read most of the replies and a lot of it is true. You have to wash everything or replace it. My daughter caught head lice at school and it was an issue for 16 months. We were very upset by this, we replaced her furniture, her carpet, bagged up toys and left them out in the cold for 3 days (gotta love Canada's winters lol) and then treated her again the day we got the new stuff and cut it short. It has since never been a problem. I can't remember the name of the stuff but it worked wonders, had a very fine comb that the nits came with it and the school gave it to us for free. =) It was non toxic but I liked it better than tea tree oil which reeks!
While it's true live lice need a host, they can survive for awhile without one, that's why we replaced everything. Our daughter still comes home every couple of months from school with head lice notices but she has never gotten them again. Also what has helped a lot was repeating to her everyday to not share hats, toques, headbands, etc. with anyone! To not let her head touch others heads at school and we've been putting her hair up every morning before school, either in a braid, ponytail or bun so her now long hair again doesn't swing so much and happen to get even one to jump to her. She's 8 now so hopefully it won't have to be done much longer, I'd like to know which kids keep bringing it to school so we can keep them away from our daughter but our school's don't release that information. oh well.. at least their gone. =)

Sabrina - posted on 12/02/2008

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Well, hopefully you have gotten rid of it by now. I just had this problem in August. We actually found that doing the treatment followed by washing the childs hair in vinegar helps. Try and let it soak for a few minutes. If your daughter is too young to let it soak for a little while, than do the treatment and than afterwards put on the tv and dab the vinegar through the hair. The vinegar takes that superglue hold off of the nits and you can get more out. Do it everyday for the 10 days of gestation and they should be all gone! Good Luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/02/2008

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try using cream rinse all the time lice can not hold on and hair dryer every night heat kills eggs and others trust me been here i have two of mine who got it from camp and gave them to me [i have long blonde hair so they are not only hard to get out but also to see good luck

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Well I think the best thing is spoton flea treatment for pets. It is not tested for humans and is very strong but I have found that if you treat the pets then the kids play with the pets then that seems to be enough exposure to scare them off in a big hurry. The other kinder product that I have used as well as tea tree is eucalyptus oil. Definitely nicer than the olden days of kerosene!!

Carol - posted on 12/01/2008

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Make sure your washing everything in hot water inorder to kill the lice nits.

Amber - posted on 12/01/2008

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Okay seriously if you dont want to cut your daughters hair soak their head in baby oil and leave it for a day no shower cap or anything and then buy tea tree oil and put it in all your hair care products like shampoo conditioner and hair gels too after the baby oil comb through thier head and the lice will all be dead and the nits too it will all just comb out and its also a good way to kep their hair healthy as well if you regularly use the tea tree oil in every hair product you can routinely you will avoid cases recurring again. My mother used this method with me and my 2 sisters and my sisters both have hair past their bum

User - posted on 12/01/2008

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Thanks everybody for your comments. I really did think of haveing her hair cut really short but my sister gets married next year and would kill me as my daugters are bridesmaids! I think I am getting ther now havent found any for a week! voseane have bought out a shampoo and spray Lice repelant which is harmless to kids so trying that at the moment. Fingers crossed!

Julie - posted on 11/26/2008

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My daughter has very thick hair. When she got it I washed everything. I washed bedding barretts, headbands, stuffed animals, combs...etc. What I couldn't wash I used the spray. I used the spray on the couches in her car seat on the carpet. Sounds like a lot of work but it only took a couple of days. I washed her hair with the generic lice shampoo. Then repeated every two days for a week. Used the nit comb repeatedly for several days almost two week I think. It took me nearly a hour every time I combed her hair. I feel for you! I hope I never have to go though that again!

Malissa - posted on 11/26/2008

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I use to deal with that myself and with my daughter. She has thick hair and fine hair. The pediatrician told me to start blow drying her hair and using hair products in it. It stopped the Lice. They also told me that spraying hairspray on her hair after pulling it up helps after the hair products and blowdrying. Lice dont like dry hair.

Kellie - posted on 11/26/2008

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My 8 year old also suffers from this , try mixing a few drops of tea tree and eucalyptus oil in some water and spraying it on her hair before she goes to school, and the recommended treatment of 7 days, pffft, i do her hair every 2nd nite with one of the many nit remedies and use a nit comb everymorning, and i have even once taken her to a friend who is a hair dresser and gotten her a pixie hair cut!!!!! Condition her hair and use the nit comb, or if she is a good girl, sit her down and manually remove the eggs and lice with ur fingers!!! perserveer and keep complaining to the school! Buy her her own hair brush and tell her nobody but her can use it, and remind her not to share hats or put her head close enough to touch anyone elses while she is at school. Good luck

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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We picked up lice on a vacation in the southwest and struggled with them for 2 years! I have 8 children so it was hours of work each night for weeks on end. I did the olive oil, the mayo, the wearing in your head overnight covered in plastic wrap, the tea tree oil. We washed all linens, bedding, bagged up all toys in plastic for 4 weeks, vacuumed everything EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for weeks! Nothing worked.



I ended up purchasing Lice-X and did 2 treatments. But I'm not convinced that was what did the trick. I shaved my boys' heads and picked off all the lice I couldn't see before. I cut my girls' hair very short and did the same thing.



Your daughter seems young from the picture. I would just shave her head very short so you can see the lice and the nits and pick them off by hand. Then I'd spray her head with the Lice-X spray each night for a week to ten days.

Arleeta - posted on 11/26/2008

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My daughter had it back in kindergarden. The school was infested and she brought home lice 4 times in 6 weeks. I would blow dry and straighten her hair at night. Lice can't survive heat and then made her sleep with vaseline and a shower cap at night. In the morning I would sit there and use my nails to pick out any nits that were left. The comb really doesn't work that well. It only caught the dead bugs not the nits. It can be tiring but you need to keep up with it everyday to make sure they are gone. I still use diluted tea tree oil spray in her hair every morning before she goes to school and knock on wood she hasn't had any visitors since. It has been 4 years lice free.

Mandy - posted on 11/26/2008

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hi sarah there is a new nit comb out created by mums called (nit free) you can buyit at any chemist it cost 10/12 pounds but it really does work it not only takes out nits but they're eggs too hang in there hun i promise it works

Rose - posted on 11/26/2008

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My friend's daughter had head lice and she put olive oil in her hair and wrapped it in a shower cap and kept on all night. In the morning the eggs were falling out of her hair and it was easy to get. Did you try using one of those combs that comes with the shampoo?

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2008

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ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO, BACK IN SCARBOROUGH MY DAUGHTER HAD HEAD LICE 4 A STRAIGHT MONTH, SHE HAD NICE LONG PAST SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR, HAD IT SO BAD I HAD TO EVENTUALLY CUT HER HAIR SO SHORT, IT REALLY HURT TO DO SO, I THEN USED TEA TREE OIL, THEN I USED A KIDS HAIR DYE TO GET RID OF THEM, SO THEY WOULDNT RETURN. THE BEST THING TO DO IS WASH ALL BEDDING IN LAUNDRY MAT, (NOT IN YOUR OWN), THEY WILL TRAVEL ON TO OTHER CLOTHING. IF SO BAD GET RID OF HER BED/MATTRESS/BOX SPRING, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEST EVERYWHERE WHERE U CANT SEE THEM.

VERY HARD TO GET RID OFF. THATS WHAT I HAD TO DO. I WATCH HER HAIR VERY CAREFULLY, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, (KNOCK ON WOOD).

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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throw away the bag after vacuuming house..consider cutting her hair until you get it under control too..

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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have her sleep with mayo in her hair and a shower cap or go to ethnic section of store and get the OIL tonic they put on hair. Sleep overnight wash..do this again in 20/21 days..but you really have to get all nits out..Section off hair in tiny sections and pull with fingernails. COMBS dont work. I had foster daughters with LONG thick hair. It took me 28 hours to pick nits but it HAS to be done or they'll keep getting them back. Also you must treat their room, couch etc..vacuum everything, put everything you can in dryer and dry no less than 20 min. bag up stuffed animals for 3 weeks. It's the ONLY way to do it. These foster girls had had lice for YEARS..

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