Head Lice Battles

Annemieke - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know of a products or remidy that actually works against head lice? I have 3 kids, and it's only 1 of my daughters that is constantly getting them! AAARRRGGGHHH!

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Danielle - posted on 01/17/2010

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First I want to start out by saying, I have been there and it is so frustrating! I have two daughters (and a son) and both have had head lice before. Remember that head lice love a clean place to live on your childs head, your kids aren't getting this becuase they are dirty as society would like us to believe.

This is the treatment plan that I followed, it is a lot of work but it works. Also remember that head lice takes at least a week to completely get rid of if not two weeks.

Day one: Use Rid or anyother over the counter lice treatment from your pharmacy, Walmart etc. I prefer Nix because I like their nit combs the best. Treat in the morning and go through her hair in the morning, afternoon (or when she gets home from school, you home from work, etc), and once before bed. At bed time mix one cup mayo with 1/4 cup olive oil and mix into her head. Cover with a shower cap and have her sleep with it on.

Day two: Wash out olive oil mayo mix with shampoo and conditioner. Go through with nit comb afterwards and two other times that day.

Day three through day six: Wash hair as normal and use conditioner and use a nit comb three times a day.

Day seven: same a day one.



Then for the next two weeks use a nit comb twice a day. After a while you won't see anything, but I prefer to go through for three weeks total. It is the most effective and then if you do have one little pesky lice you will catch it before it has time to lay more nits.



Bedding: Day one and Day seven wash bedding including pillow and dry on hot.

Every other day put all bedding in the dryer for an hour on hot. This will kill any lice that may have fallen off her head while sleeping. Do the same with her winter coat and any hats that she wears.



Boil all hair brushes and combs daily.



I have also taken all the brushes that I boil and use on an infested child and seal them in a baggie that is labeled to keep from infesting other family members.



If she is carseat age, vacuum her car seat out daily, same for where she sits in the car.



I have talked with my kids many times about making sure that when we play with our friends that our heads don't touch. Watch kids play sometime, you would be amazed at how much their heads touch while talking, working on a puzzle, etc.



Good luck, this too shall pass.



I also use a shampoo and condition with cocounut in them. Lice don't like the smell of it.

Jennifer - posted on 01/16/2010

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My mother told me to use Adams flea spray (for dogs and cats) she said she used it on us when we were kids but soak her hair in it and best if you use a fan to blow in her face so it doesn't suffocate her and let it stand for atleast 10 mins then wash it out.And it worked wonders for me it killed them but you will have to comb her hair out, use the metal comes they are better than the plastic ones.And like the other moms said wash EVERYTHING in HOT water I hope this works for you

Carly - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter got lice earlier this school year. I'm not sure of the name of the cream the doctor prescribed, but it worked very well. We had to apply it to her scalp, rub it in thoroughly, then leave it in for 8 hours. The later was a pain, but it kills lice and nits for 2 weeks, so it's worth it. Alter you rinse out the cream you just pick the dead nits. There were 2 treatments in the tube, so I treated her again about a week later- just in case- and they were gone for good. I'm sure your Pediatrician will know the name of the cream, but it escapes me at the moment.

Darla - posted on 01/16/2010

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A natural remedy is to put real mayo on hair at night, cover with a shower cap and wash out in the morning. there have been several cases where the lice are being coming "immune" to chemical so this natural remedy works very well and is safe.. also using a curling iron or hair straightener will "pop" the eggs you may miss. these remedies do work and been used in my medical career. hope this helps (it's also way cheaper than chemicals) good luck

Elisabete - posted on 01/16/2010

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i have that same problem mainly my oldest daughter gets it .i usually use just lots of conditioner and i let it soak for a few hrs then brush her hair with the lice comb the conditioner stings them long enough to catch them .adn makes it easier for the eggs to come loose i tried many products and they dont work after a while its like they become amune to it .she used to have have long hair but now i keep it short makes it easier to get them plus when she goes to school i make her wear a scarf making it hard for her to get them

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Nola - posted on 01/17/2010

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The battle with head lice is constant for7 days minimal. I have used the cheep stuff from the grocery store and have never had difficulty getting rid of it. I have a daughter in grade school, so we have a battle about once a year. Wash your childs hair like the instructions say, wash all bedding, coats, everything that will fit in the washer. Put the pillows in the dryer for at least 20 minutes on high. Put all hair combs, bushes, pony tail holders ect. in a pot of boiling water for at least 20 minutes. Vaccume all carpet, furniture, and beds. Comb all eggs and nits from hair. All this is day #1. On day 2-7 you must boil all hair combs and brushes ect., vaccume all furniture, search for eggs and nits in the childs hair. Place coats and pillows ect. in the dryer. The shampoo will kill adult lice but will not kill the eggs. So since they are so tiny and it is impossable to really get them all, so every day new ones are hatching, it takes 6-7 days for and egg to hatch. Then it takes another 7 days or so for the new lice to become able to lay thier own eggs. So for the full 7 days you are treating think of your child as having an active case of head lice. On day 8 you need to shampoo hair again as the package inserts say to do and like a posessed person you must wash EVERYTHING all over again as on day #1. Last but not least, your child will easily become reinfested from where ever she picked it up to begin with!!! If she got it at school then you will need to visit with she school nurse about insuring all children in her class are lice free. So knowing where they came form to begin with is vital!!! Sorry this was so long, hope it helps. Also I usually wash with the lice shampoo to all infected persons on day 3-4 even though the directions do not say to do so. But I know there are live bugs in my childs hair and I have to KILL them.

Brenda - posted on 01/16/2010

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When my children were in school at first I was not worried about lice because I thought u had to not clean to get lice. Then teacher told me I needed to watch because there was an outbreak. Everyday I wuld massage olive oil on her scape and hair and braid it. when she got in the 3rd grade she thought she was too big for olive oil and braids, so I let her wear her hair as she wanted, Only a few weeks later she was scratching her head I looked and sure enough she had some. We spent the night and next day scrubing heads and cleaning & spraying house and beds. needless to say she wanted olive oil after that , it really dries in your hair and gives it good body and texture. and when it would tangle I rinsed their long hair in downey fabric softner it loosened the tangles and it kept it from having static especially in winter

Monica - posted on 01/16/2010

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I fought head lice for weeks and weeks. I was told to put Cetaphil facial cleanser on every strand of hair and then blow COMPLETLY dry. Let her sleep in it and keep it on for about 24 hrs. This acts like a shrink wrap to suffocate the lice. Put everything possible in the VERY HOT dryer for at least 30 min. Hopefully this will help.

Kimberly - posted on 01/16/2010

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My oldest brought it home from school 4 times before it was finally under control. We used RID and the spray for the couches and mattresses. It turned out they werent spraying the floor pillows in her room at school

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2010

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Also, you should not be using products intended for dogs and cats on your children.......there is a reason they are for animals.

Deanna - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have 6 children and when one got it 5 did. We looked for a home remedy. Pour olive oil on their heads and then wrap their hair with plastic wrap and have them sleep like that. It sounds strange and they may not like it but it was the only thing that worked and the lice were dead by the next day. Their hair is a bit greasy but it will eventually wash out.

Anne - posted on 01/16/2010

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One place that is often missed is the car seats. Either the child type or the head rest of what ever cars your children ride in.

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2010

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Actually Julie, research has shown that you don't HAVE to treat the entire house because they CANNOT LIVE off the scalp of a human for long enough for them to breed or reinfest :)



Edited to Add and clarify: stick to disinfecting personal items, but you don't have to go overboard as has been suggested!!! It is pointless and unnecessary.

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2010

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Some headlice are resistant to the current chemical treatments. I find that once kids HAVE headlice, the best treatment is to go back to basics and "nit pick" just like the apes do!! Seriously! However, get the cheapest hair conditioner you can find, smother their hair with it, leave for 10 minutes and it stuns the lice to make it easier to go through with a comb. It will take time, but if you do it properly, and remove as many lice and nits as you can, you will get them. You then redo it a week later before the newly hatched lice are in mature enough to be able to lay more eggs :)

Julie - posted on 01/16/2010

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Wow! I know lice are a pain in the proverbial ass!~ But once you have them you HAVE to treat the entire house ...wash everything in HOT water dry in dryer on hot! boil all hair related things and the only way to truly get rid of the pesky little buggers is cleaning your childs head everyday.....comb and check comb and check.....the eggs are what will give you a new batch of lice every 2-3 weeks...once all the cleaning is done(don't forget to vacuum every nook and crany, beds carpets teddy bears ect....( if you need a spray for carpets, Walmart sell R&C green bottle white cap, works great for mattresses and stuff you can't wash, but don't put on kid...LOL)
after all is said and done get a bottle of"tea tree oil" and put some in a spray bottle with water....20 drops for a half litre, or 500 ml.....and spray everyday hats tuques hoods stuff your kid bring to school....and when you wash your kids hair put a few drops of the oil in the suds on the head and shampopo regularly, don't forget behind the ears.....I swear by this and my kid has never gotten head lice since he's at school and his cousin that we regularly babysitt has had them many times......and her mother insist on using the expensive stuff from the pharmacy, won't try my trick....oh welll....GOOD LUCK!

Crystal - posted on 01/16/2010

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its hard to get rid of and it takes alot of time of making sure you comb all the eggs out. I also put hairspray in my daughters hair everyday during school days. it works for the kids not getting lice or at least it has worked for us.

Mary - posted on 01/16/2010

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My sister had the same problem as a child & so did her oldest daughter. They both have very thick hair. In addition to using lice treatment as directed & washing all hair accessories, hats, brushes & combs, etc....My sister's daughter got it & it kept coming back she was told to seal up all her stuffed animals in plastic bags for 4-6 weeks to suffocate any lice that may have gotten on them. She also cleaned the carpeting in her daughter's room.

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2010

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I use a spray bottle with water and tea tree oil as a preventative each morning :). It works, and I don't have any problems.

For those saying you have to wash everything in sight, this is an absolute myth!!! Lice cannot survive long once they fall off of a person, so it is unnecessary to wash all the household linen or to vacuum, scrub or spray the house with household insecticide, etc. Pillowslips may be soiled with lice debris such as droppings and molted lice skins, so they should be washed on the first day of treatment. That's it. Don't waste your time and money treating every corner of your house or your child's room.

Patti - posted on 01/16/2010

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i had a really hard time getting rid of lice when my stepchildren were small. i took them to the doctors and got a prescription. they went away. if you have insurance, i would try that plus you wont have to pay for the prescription. good luck!

Brandi - posted on 01/16/2010

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go to your child's pediatrician. He/she can prescribe something MUCH stronger than over the counter. My sister had it SEVERAL times when she was in elementary into middle school. The dr. noticed one on a reg. visit and when my mom told him we had been treating it for almost a year, he prescribed this other stuff and it never came back. Also, be sure you are drying ALL fabrics in the dryer for at LEAST 20 mins on HIGH to kill the nits (whatever the eggs are called) Vacuum A LOT for a few weeks after treatment. and use the rid for bedding on the kids' mattresses. Lice are a PAIN IN THE ASS!!!! but you really need to be sure to be treating ALL fabric surfaces. Put ALL stuffed animals into a garbage bag and put them outside for several weeks (tied up really tight) this will suffocate them. couches should be thouroughly vacuumed and EMPTY the vacuum OUTSIDE right away. But definitely call the doc and ask for the prescription. The lice are getting REALLY resilient to the OTC stuff. Good luck and I know how bad it sucks.

Dana - posted on 01/16/2010

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My oldest daughter got lice from school last year & we did baby oil with a tight hat on that covered her whole head & left it in for a hour then combed the nits out.We also washed all bedding,boiled the brushes, & then bombed the house with Raid because our Exterminator said you treat lice like flees,once we did all that I took her to the doctor 5 days later & everything was gone,We didnt even have to do any treatment again like you do with the lice kits.Ive had alot of friends & family thats paid out alot of money on the kits because that stuff aint to cheap if you have to keep buying it.I wish you luck!

Faith - posted on 01/16/2010

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Okay. as a cosmetologist i must state some facts on this. Mayonaise doesn't really work. personal experience is it makes the hair greasy. Shaving your childs hair is also completely unnessary. Lice DO NOT jump from person to person either. You must treat your WHOLE house and should replace combs, brushes, hair pieces, and i would even replace pillows and hats. The only way you can get lice is by sharing of combs, brushes, hair accessories, hats, coats, clothing, and when your clothing is in close proximity of others who have lice. It also does NOT matter if your hair is washed daily or washed once a year. your child or anybody can get it either way. also you should use a lice treatment once and again two weeks later.

hope this helps

Tricia - posted on 01/16/2010

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Yes, I went through this problem when my kids were younger, kept getting them at school. After hundreds of dollars and tons of stress and laundry, a friend told me about the mayo. it really does work, soaked my daughters head with mayo and left about 10 minutes,,,worked like a charm,,,little buggers were gone

Isobel - posted on 01/16/2010

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I am a former hairstylist, and now I head up the lice check group at my children's school. Don't forget to take all of their toys with fur or hair and keep them tied up in a garbage bag for two weeks. PM me if you need more answers...good luck (I know it sucks)

Katherine - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter had long strait hair, and I had a heck of a time getting the lice out. We ended up cutting her hair to above shoulder length and using the lice remover, washing sheets and pillow cases everyday in hot water. Like you only one of my three kept getting them. We also put hair product in her hair durring the day, hair in pony tails with hair spray. Took alot but they finally went away

Firebird - posted on 01/16/2010

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When my girl got head lice, we tried using Nix and that didn't work at all, so when I visited my mom she went to the pharmacy and asked "what works?" and the pharmacist gave her R+C in a white and orange box. It worked wonders.

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2010

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how often are you washing her hair? the cleaner the hair is, the easier it is for lice to stick. remember to wash all her bedding, hats, brushes and hair accessories. I agree with the baby oil and a nit comb, or you can use a drugstore remedy. i would also suggest you talk to her friends' moms to see if anyone else is having this problem and they are just passing it back and forth

Joy - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have never tried this myself, but I'm told that covering her hair and scalp in mayonnaise suffocates them. It could be an "old wives tale," but it's not harmful to the child if it doesn't work (and a godsend, I'm sure, if it does). Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 01/16/2010

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my sister shaved her daughters hair because my niece got it really bad - sounds harsh but every strand of her hair was covered! otherwise baby oil and a nit come usually works to get them out! do it daily! hope i helped somewhat

Sherre - posted on 01/16/2010

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There's many brands at your local pharmacy, supermarket, dollarstore. Also, look some info up online for any home remedies.

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