head lice

D - posted on 04/29/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ladies please talk me down a notch. I'm totally freaking out because my daughter has lice. I've been crying for days. Please help with any suggestions to let me know I will get through this!!! Ty

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Ri - posted on 05/03/2015

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shampoo, olive oil, shower cap and comb !!!
have her wash her hair and then olive oil her whole head scalp and all ! This is better to do at night have her sleep with the shower cap on part her hair into sections so it'll b easier to comb. You should be able to see the dead lice coming out when your combing through her hair. Do this until you don't see them anymore. Also keep her hair braided when she isnt wearing the shower cap.After just wash and dry everything!! This is how my mom got rid of the head lice when i was younger.

D - posted on 04/29/2015

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I took her to a place called lice lifters. They use a special machine that dehydrates the bugs and eggs. Then they do a comb through. I've been doing all the washing and bagging. I'm just so freaked out. The place we went to cleared the rest of my family including myself. But I'm still so afraid I'm going to get it. Should I wash her bedding every day? I was also told that anything like hair accessories could be put in the frezzer. So I've been doing that. Brushes we just threw out. My skin is crawling!

Ledia - posted on 04/29/2015

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Head lice happens. It is highly contagious and has made rounds at our school for at least 4 of the past 6 years. We've been lucky to avoid it all but once--kindergarten.

I started using Licelogic household lice protection spray after my son got lice in kindergarten. It is available on Amazon for $32 per bottle and 2-3 bottles will usually get us through the entire year. Spray coats, jackets, book bags, gear bags, and other belongings that go to school or other activities about once or twice a week. LiceLogic also makes lice repel hairspray and conditioners (girls are more susceptible due to longer hair and the fact that girls often hug each other more often than boys, and are more likely to share hair accessories, hats, brushes, and other gear). Keep in mind that this spray and conditioner are PREVENTATIVE, not a treatment. They will not get rid of the lice, but will keep your child from getting lice again. I spray my son's belongings every Monday and Thursday, and have him use the conditioner every 2nd night when he washes his hair, and he has never had lice again despite several outbreaks of lice in his school and 2 outbreaks on his baseball team in the past 5 years.

To get rid of the current case of lice, you need to purchase a special shampoo that kills both the lice and the nits (eggs). Licelogic makes a great one that is very gentle for about $29 on Amazon. Another common shampoo set is made by RID. It is much less expensive (only about $8), but it was very harsh on my son's head leaving his scalp dry, sore, and flaking off in places, and did not kill the lice. Other parents tell me the RID kits can take up to 3 applications to completely get rid of the lice. I wouldn't recommend this one, but if you are in a pinch, it is sold in most drug stores.

Wash all of your linens, towels, bed clothes, blankets, etc. in hot water (at least 130F) with bleach.
Seal stuffed animals and other cloth items that cannot be washed in water and bleach in an air tight plastic bag and leave them for at least 5 days. The lice will suffocate and starve, and any hatched nits will also have time to die. I used the vacuum bags that you store out of season bedding and such in, but regular trash bags tied tightly will be fine.
Next, you'll need to treat your hair brushes and other hair accessories and tools. Fill a tub with hot water (at least 130F) and bleach, and soak the brushes and other accessories for a few hours. Heating tools like your hair dryer and curling iron are probably fine, but you can wipe them down with a cloth dampened with alcohol or bleach just to be sure. Any hair accessories that cannot be soaked in bleach should be sealed up in airtight bags like the stuffed animals and such.
Lastly, you need to treat your furniture and carpets. If you have leather furniture, just run the vacuum over it to suck up any fallen nits. If you have cloth, steam clean it first, then vacuum. Same for carpets.

After you rid your home of the lice and the nits, use the spray about once a week, and the conditioner whenever she washes her hair. There are also essential oils that are said to repel lice if the conditioner is not great on her hair, but I am not sure how effective they actually are.

Raye - posted on 04/29/2015

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Head lice is a common problem for kids. They can get it from other kids at school, daycare, or any other contact with kids who have lice. There are special shampoos you can buy to kill the little buggers and combs to use to get out any eggs that attach to hairs on the head. It may take 1 or 2 treatments to get rid of them, and you want to wash clothing and bed sheets in hot water. Tell your daughter not to share brushes or combs with other kids or wear their hats. You should notify the school or daycare she goes to so they can have all the kids inspected and hopefully your daughter won't get re-infested.

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