Help!! i cant seem to keep on top of head lice..it is so expensive and so sick of doing it..nothing actually works..i have just tryed tea tree oil in conditioner and has helped better than anything else at the moment..but what other suggestion is there?

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Joelle - posted on 02/28/2009

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Kerosene and olive oil. I used to work at a preschool, and i got lice all the time!!! Buy a lice comb and keep dipping it in the mix 'till all of the hair is soaked. Kerosene kills the lice and eggs, and the olive oil protects the hair

Julie - posted on 02/28/2009

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Hello ! The best way to deal with lice is mayo! Just smother the hair in it and leave it in for a couple of hours, and wash out first with dish soap then with reg. shampoo. I tell all my cleints to try this method because it is cheap,easy and good for the hair!

Angela - posted on 03/02/2009

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When I was dealing with head lice, I would coat my kids' heads with baby oil and tie a plastic bag around their heads, like when you get a perm, and let it sit for about 15-30 minutes. Then I would wash it out with Dawn dish liquid. I never had any problems after that. I also heard that you can use mayonnaise but I've never tried that. For my boys, I would keep gel in their hair and hair spray in my daughters.

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If you have a son, shave his head bald. I know it is a sin to do this, but this is what i did for my son at one time as well!

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Hello, i see you have gotten lots of great suggestions.  I just wanted to add that if you use a flat iron you can kill the nits.  As far as I know it is the only thing that will actually kill them. 



Heat it up really hot and pull it slowly through your daughter's hair. 



I dont' know if you can get it in Australia but we have a dandruff shampoo called Denorex and it kills the live bugs.  It is safe to use more often then the chemical stuff.



A routine I used was to wash with the Denorex to get as many of the live bugs as i could.  Then I would absolutely saturate the hair with a cheap conditioner and comb through with a good nit comb.  The conditioner stops any of the live bugs from being able to move around and avoid the comb.  It is worth the money to buy a good metal comb and not the cheap one that comes with the kits.



When you are done with the conditioner dry the hair and use a hot iron.  You will have to do this every single day but you will have them gone in less then a week.



Also, the live bugs can only live about four days off the hair so don't freak about your kids toys and stuff.  Just bag what you can for a week and they should be fine.



Also, they don't like the feel of hairspray so give your girls a good spray before school and it should help them from being reinfected!



Good luck!

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Nichole - posted on 03/02/2009

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Try going to your local health department. They should have some inexpensive NATURAL enzymes that you can use to wash your laundry- all in hot water- and to dilute to spray your house. We had lice once. I got the stuff from the health department and sprayed all of my carpets and furniture, washed all my daughters clothes and blankets and bagged all of her toys with hair and stuffed animals for 2 weeks in dark trash bags and stored them in my garage. I also used the stuff to wash her hair. It worked great. Of course I had to pick the nits out of her hair and she has really long hair so it took about 4 or 5 days to get everything out. I checked her hair every day for 2 weeks to be certain. Luckily we haven't had any more problems. Good luck!

Teri-Lyn - posted on 02/28/2009

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when i was little my grandma told me not much worked on me, so she tried dousing my head wit vinegar n using the comb, after each comb through she'd rinse it in hot water. and she washed all my bedding and stuff in hot water/ left it in the dryer a lil extra time as well. apparently it worked, but se says i used 2 complain about smeling like a french fry

Tricia - posted on 02/28/2009

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you have to use cetaphil facial lotion pull all the nits bugs out with the metal comb. then use a hair dryer to dry your childs hair until it is like hard plastic out a shower cap on and leave on for 8 hours overnight wash the nest morning and repeat as necessary not as expensive and works great without chemicals

Leah - posted on 02/28/2009

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My mom made me sleep on the floor for 4 weeks while she made sure that everything was sprayed in my room. She bought new brushes. Mnade sure that my hat was throughly cleaned out. I didn't share anything with anyone else. I heard if you soak the hair with olive oil and leave it in there, the lice will fall out and/or die.

Tina - posted on 02/28/2009

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Quoting Sara:

Help!! i cant seem to keep on top of head lice..it is so expensive and so sick of doing it..nothing actually works..i have just tryed tea tree oil in conditioner and has helped better than anything else at the moment..but what other suggestion is there?



Hair dye close to the same color works well and is inexpensive

Tina - posted on 02/28/2009

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My older son always seemed to get it the only thing that finally worked was an electric lice comb.  I bought mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.  It was about $45.00.  It is batterie operated and teh comb is very fine metal (it doesn't have sharp edges like some of them you get).  As you comb it makes a "squeeling" sound but if it hits something it stops (sometime it will stop for a lint).  It kill the bugs by shocking them but it even removes the eggs.



Good luck

Caroline - posted on 02/28/2009

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Personaly i'd wash the hair with baby shampoo then put loads of conditioner on (something with aloe vera in ) as its kinder to the hair and leave on for 30 mins. Rinse well then comb through with the comb, leave to dry naturaly then repeat the next day as the last of the eggs could be stubborn to get out, wash hair as normal for the next week and reapeat the method given above and then there be no worries of the little pest returning anytime soon!!!

Debbie - posted on 02/28/2009

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I delt with the lice thing for awhile. ou have to get rid of them on all areas the child has laid or put her head. I bought a Raid flea spray and put my pillows and couch cushins in a big lawn and leaf bag , closed the bag around the raid bottle and sprayed the entire bottle into the bag then sealed it and let it sit all day. Just wash everything after doing that. I even did the cloths. I also sprayed the mattresses real good just make sure you have ventilation in the room and no pets are in there. I did this every 3 days for 1.5 weeks. Keep the hair treatment going for atleast 2 times after spraying. Bombing don't work just the spray. I have not have had a problem since. I went through 24 cans of spray but it was worth it. Don't forget rugs too.

Kelley - posted on 02/28/2009

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I have a friend that was combating this same problem with her three kids. She was the only one in the house not becoming infected. The reason, she dyed her hair. So when she then colored the kids hair, her problem was finally solved.

Betty - posted on 02/28/2009

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I always put Tea Tree Oil in my shampoo and conditioner. Just a drop or two. It worked for my kids and my foster kids--not a single one of them ever got it again!

Shannon - posted on 02/28/2009

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I had six girls in school at once and we had a horrible problem at one point...all we did is wash and come with nit come daily and make sure all bedding is washed and dried with very hot tempurtures...we did this for about 2 months and never had a problem again...be very careful about sleepovers also

Vasti - posted on 02/26/2009

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I used Baby oil and Methalated spirit (half half)



applied to hair, wait 20 minutes and wash off, comb well



no more issues.



 

Zoe - posted on 02/26/2009

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i know the feeling there a pain in the backside. I only use hedrin when its really bad. just go through your childs hait with a nit comb every time you wash there hair. make sure you use lots of conditioner. they cant hold on then.

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had problems with nits from infants to the near end of junior school with my daughters. I tried all these kits and things from the chemist and found when washing their hair I would condition it and while the conditioner was in the hair I would nit comb it. It was a long job but worth it. I did it every other day or so and you don't need expensive conditioner just a supermarker own brand is good. Hope this helps.

Shandell - posted on 02/25/2009

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to stop the nits from getting in my daughters hair i put it up in a pony tail and then put 4- 6 little plats in the pony tail then spray her whole head with a hair spray i buy from stephans hairdressers i have not a had a problem with nits since she was half way through year one she is now in year 4

Tammy - posted on 02/25/2009

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I had the same problem last year and did some online research. I actually combined a couple of things, but they seemed to work as we haven't had any more problems. I mixed 8 drops of tea tree oil with 1/2 cup coconut oil (olive oil was suggested but I had coconut on hand), liberally applied to the scalp and hair of my children and myself, and then covered with plastic wrap for about 15 minutes. I also used a lice comb to get as many nits as possible. A special metal lice comb is better than the plastic ones. I washed all garments and linens adding a teaspoon of tea tree oil to each load. I never even had to repeat.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi I understand how you feel. It's like they just won't go away. You can buy metal combs at Wal-mart or your local store that are used to remove the nits and the bugs. I used these to get rid of them in my step-daughter's long hair. We treated with the chemicals the first night and combed with the metal combs. On the 2nd thru the 6th night I just used the metal combs after her bath. Once I made sure all of the nits were out they finally went away. But I also washed all the bedding in hot water, put pillows that were not washable in a bag for 2 weeks and steamed cleaned my carpets. I hope this helps, I don't think that the chemicals are the answer it's just making sure you get every last nit and bug out of your hair. And I guess you could say that is easier said than done. Hope this helps.

Barbara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I use to babysit children and ran into this problem you wash you bedlinnings of course...but lice does not live off the body it is the nits that keep hatching.  get a hair brush that has lotts  brissules bush their hair everyday and check for nits when doing it .. you can put your pillows in the dryer hope this helps.... 

Barbara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I use to babysit children and ran into this problem you wash you bedlinnings of course...but lice does not live off the body it is the nits that keep hatching.  get a hair brush that has lotts  brissules bush their hair everyday and check for nits when doing it .. you can put your pillows in the dryer hope this helps.... 

Pam - posted on 02/25/2009

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This is a pain and the tea tree oil helps but certainly doesn't solve the problem.  Here is a better solution.  Go to the store and buy Cetaphil it is a face cleanser (not the lotion).  Slather it in their hair while it is dry.  Then use one of the lice combs to brush through the hair.  It will be difficult at time because you will be combing out much of the Cetaphil but just keep rinsing off the comb.  When it is all combed out the blow dry the Cetaphil in completely dry and don't was it for 2-3 days.  The Cetaphil suffocates them and if there are any left they cant take the direct heat.  It is important to WASH everything in the house in hot water, don't re-use bath towels and VACUUM like there is no tomorrow.  The Cetaphil treatment takes time but it is organic and doesn't have any chemicals in it and WORKS!  Good luck!

Cassie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have 4 girls and they've all had it.  I don't want to cut off their hair  and we tried it all- from store bought to homemade.  I would go straight to the mayonaise.  I have used miracle whip and it worked well, too.  I smother their hair making sure to coat the scalp and then wrap with plastic wrap.  I wrap a towel around that and let them sleep on it.  ( I actually have wrapped tape around the edge of the plastic wrap to prevent it from slipping off at night).  Wash and blow dry.  The hot air will help kill/remove any remaining nits/bugs. 



Also, using coconut scented hair products is supposed to help prevent them.  Braids and hairspray are our friends!  Good luck!

Cassie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have 4 girls and they've all had it.  I don't want to cut off their hair  and we tried it all- from store bought to homemade.  I would go straight to the mayonaise.  I have used miracle whip and it worked well, too.  I smother their hair making sure to coat the scalp and then wrap with plastic wrap.  I wrap a towel around that and let them sleep on it.  ( I actually have wrapped tape around the edge of the plastic wrap to prevent it from slipping off at night).  Wash and blow dry.  The hot air will help kill/remove any remaining nits/bugs. 



Also, using coconut scented hair products is supposed to help prevent them.  Braids and hairspray are our friends!  Good luck!

Kirsten - posted on 02/25/2009

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price attack have the PPS fried lice dont let the sales person talk you into anything else its the only thing that will work

Kirsten - posted on 02/25/2009

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There is only one thing that will work but I have found it hard to find in new zealand.
PPS fried lice shampoo and spray repellent about $20 each but these are big bottles and the lice are not used to being treated with it so it does kill them!!!! :) You will have to find a PPS salon and ask if they can order it in for you.

Amanda - posted on 02/25/2009

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Go to the website fairytaleshaircare.com They have wonderful products that remove lice and daily products that prevent it as well.I found this website from a friend and totally believe in the products!! I use the Rosemary Repel Shampoo, conditioner, leave in detangler and hairspray daily on my girls (ages 4 and 6)

Sheri - posted on 02/25/2009

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I used solid coconut oil, just melt it down and drown those nasty suckers, it totally worked for me 15 years ago....good luck

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i had them in my house every week last year id get them all gone and the next week were back. i was told by a friend that after getting all nits and eggs out put baby oil in the air everyday it stop the lice griping hold of the hair i do it for my children.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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Your child's hair might be greasy but vaseline works as well as letting cholesterol cream (sold at a beauty supply store) sit on there for a bit. It's hard but you have to go through their hair two to three times a day, vacuum every day, you should get a spray for fleas from your local veternarian, it kills lice as well. Mattresses need ironed and vacuumed...a low iron though so you don't melt the mattress, vacuum clean with the hose along the trim. All clothing, towels, etc. only gets used once by only ONE person. If it touches the floor or touches something else that has not been washed, it gets washed all over again. I know this is a pain, but if you get anal about it, they will go away.

Sara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I think i will steam my mattresses and carpet and lounge again..i have the tobi ( danoz direct steam iron ) and a h2o steam mop..( Danoz direct steam floor mop )

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2009

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Also put any stuff animals or things that can't be washed in hot water in a garbage bag in the garage. Leave them out there for at least a month. When my daughter caught it, it was from the carpet @ her school where they had them laying for nap time. So yes vaccum often and then empty your vaccum in the trash and take it outside. As soon as I found the eggs in her hair I treated it and then put everything in the garage until it could be washed. Also you have to make sure that you throw out any hair ties or soak hair brushes in super hot water.

Cathy - posted on 02/25/2009

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ask your pedatrician for a prescription. if they say no insist,it was the only thing that worked when my kids got it.

Brenda - posted on 02/25/2009

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My mother taught me years ago when head lice wasn't as much of a problem, use vinegar in the hair first, it swells the eggs try removing, then follow with tea tree oil. the best treatment I ever used was a sulphur and petroleum jelly mixture a chinese dr had gave me. But where I live now no dr's have heard of it and if I knew the right amounts and type of sulphur I would depend on it. However tea tree oil works well but the most important thing is to make sure, like everyone else has mentioned is to hot water, hot dryer clothing bedding and towels. Bagging them for 24 -48 hours suffocates them but they are parasites and they will adapt to shampoos so changing the shampoo treatments up once and a while also helps. All nits need to be removed though.

Sara - posted on 02/25/2009

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thank you everyone the suggestions are great...well mayo is only oil and egg..sounds the go though worth a try i say!!

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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This might sound sick, but we were talking about this at work a few days back, I have never had this problem but my boss said that his wife would use mayonaise on there kids when they would get it and it worked better than anything else they ever used. I guess in that situation you're willing to try anything and that was really successful for them. Worth a shot...good luck!

Michal - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am going through this right now with my three children.  One boy and 2 girls.  I comb their hair for nits and use the tea tree oil shampoo.  ALso our school nurse gave me this great recipe that works well, another mom from our school has used it and her girls have hair down to there.  You mix  1-cup apple cider vinegar (not clear vinegar) with 1/4-cup shampoo.



Wet hair with warm water, add 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of vinegar/shampoo mixture to hair and massage for 5 minutes.  DO NOT RINSE, add 2 more ounces of mixture to hair and massage 5 more minutes. DO NOT RINSE. With mixture still in hair, comb through the hair with any fine-tooth combe to assist in removing the nits that have been released.  Rinse thoroughly with a strong spray of very warm water.  The lice and nits will rinse out.  Inspect under a bright light.  When this is done properly you can be nit-free in 30 minutes.  This can be redone everyday until lice are gone. 



 



Hope this helps you I know I was at my frustration point as well. 

Diane_de_oliveira - posted on 02/25/2009

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I went through this problem so many times with my children and also my own children. I've use Nix, Kwaala, Tea Tree Oil/Shampoo, Oils, Vinegar. I agree with the hot iron method and you have to remember to remove all the nits. My household has been lice free for 4 years now. When my daughter started using the hot iron, the lice disappeared too.

Kellyann - posted on 02/25/2009

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umm its call go to the store get NIX or RID-X and follow the directions wash EVERY THINGTHAT CAN BE WASHED in super HOT water throw out all brushes and combs hats,and there this spray stuff called kweels for furniture linens ect a spray use it works its what its ment for trust me im an RN I see head lice alot

Tracy - posted on 02/25/2009

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use real mayonaise ! it works great , you saturate your childs head in it and then cover the hair with plastic for thirty minutes it makes removing the nits and lice very easy , follow up with using a flat iron on your childs hair , my daughter got them chronically and once i tried the above she has new had them since !

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Sara:

Help!! i cant seem to keep on top of head lice..it is so expensive and so sick of doing it..nothing actually works..i have just tryed tea tree oil in conditioner and has helped better than anything else at the moment..but what other suggestion is there?




Well i heard tea tree oil in conditioner is the best. Did you keep it on hair for the night with cling wrap wrapped around hair or even shower cap. Do that for 2-3 days and spray water with tree oil over hair during day. That should work its the best.



Good luck

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi! Head lice is horrible for everyone involved, especially the child. Who didn't dread the moment the teacher checked your hair with her little sticks! My daughter had 5 cases in 2 years and on the advice of a teacher, we used mayonnaise. Put it on her head and wrapped her hair in saran wrap for 1 hour and then washed out. We still had to comb out all the nits and treat her bedding. We also sprayed all the kids hair with hair spray before they went to school. Apparently, the lice can't grab on to hair that's been sprayed or they simply don't like it. Anyhoo, that was 5 years ago and we've had no more cases of lice.

Merrissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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hi.



my mum had six of us with headlice. what she used to do is once she had ridden our hairs of eggs and  lice. every day she would spray our hair with eaucalyptus oil works a treat to keep them away. she surprisingly never used to bother witht the treatment stuff from the shops she used to put conditioner in our hair and and comb them out killing them all individualy. takes ages to do but it works



hope this helps

Sara - posted on 02/25/2009

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Im from Australia..so dont know some of those products and plus rather go natural..

To Lorraine what was the point of a comment? i always check my kids hair only happened since she has been to school..

Lorraine - posted on 02/25/2009

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yes it is expensive and you should all campaign to the government for the "nit nurse" to come back it worked!!!!  I never had head lice until i had kids and she is not in use now!!!!  Like it or not, many parents do not check their kids hair regularly so it goes on and on!!!(howevr much we treat our kids)!  the thing i found the best solution with my children was too shave their hair! But they are boys, so no solution for girls!!!

Dyna - posted on 02/25/2009

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hi.. why don't you try kwell shampoo.  i had the same problem before with my daughter, i treated it with kwell shampoo. you just use it once a day and repeat it 2 weeks after if the nits still there.  just make sure you lather it over the entire hair area and rinse it well. it's effective.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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I had the same problem for a long time. My kids got reinfected a couple of times last year. I tried everything and this is my advice: don't worry to much about the house. It only adds stress and is not that helpful. If the pesticides (Nix, Rid) don't work on your hair, any bomb full of chemicals won't do anything either. Wash the bedding and vacuum couches and rugs, that's it. You can put the coats and hats on the dryer for 40 min. I used the nuvo system www.nuvoforheadlice.com and it works and its cheaper than any other method. I have been able to keep the lice away by keeping some Cetaphil cleanser on my daughters' hair after I wash their hair, as a precaution, and it has worked. Good luck.

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