How to keep my 4 year old girl from getting head lice again?

Ivon - posted on 08/28/2015 ( 10 moms have responded )

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The doctors gave us a small bottle of medicated shampoo for her head lice. Unfortunately my daughter has a lot of hair. They wouldn't let us have another bottle. Anyone else have any other recommendations?

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Jodi - posted on 08/28/2015

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Make sure she keeps her hair tied up and either add some tea tree oil to her shampoo and conditioner or add it to a water spray bottle and spray daily.

Dove - posted on 08/28/2015

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You don't need to treat them w/ chemicals. Just get her hair wet and slathered in conditioner and comb thoroughly w/ a good nit comb. I like the Licemeister one, but I do not know what you have available. It is a long pain in the butt, but it is the ONLY way to make sure they are gone from her hair. You have to comb and comb and comb every other day for 2 weeks until you can comb for 10 minutes w/out finding a single bug or egg each comb through.

Tea tree oil is supposed to be good at preventing them. Also using hair spray or hair gel can keep them from getting attached to her hair.

Tahira - posted on 08/28/2015

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hi, I have use in the past olive oil & tea tree oil you can get both in a chemist. rub a little to together .hopefully it helps.

Mary - posted on 08/28/2015

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There are over he counter medications you can ask a pharmacist. But, once she is lice free there are shampoos that are just for prevention of reinfestation. My daughter had problems with dry scalp and they always thought of lice first when she had flakes. The pediatrician recommended tegaderm shampoo twice a week and it was a life saver.

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MaryAnn - posted on 09/04/2015

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I'm really sorry to hear that. I itch every time i hear the word. We also found that hair dye also prevents spread but wouldnt suggest it on younguns, because... Frankly its messy, and less healthy and not worth the committment. The dye molecules lift the shafts and prevent the hair from being smooth enough for a proper laying of the nits. Could be a good option for moms and older teens. The fewer desireable heads in a household, the better. Its not fool proof, but half the battle is making yourself a less desireable host.

Sarah - posted on 09/04/2015

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MaryAnn and Kim I hope your tips work because we started our school year with one of the worst lice epidemics i have ever seen! Boys and girls, all cultures. We debated closing the schools for a few days so families could treat their kids. This was dismissed as so many of our parents work, we figured the lice may actually spread further into the community. One great I problem I run into as a school nurse is culturally some parents just view lice as a dirty kids problem. I feel like I am speaking to a brick wall. I actually had child in my office with so many nits and mature lice that it was scary, the parents still refuse to believe it! I hear excuses from dandruff, to new bedding shedding lint to "they've always looked like that"
After treatment, a nurse examines the child and if there is one nit they get sent home. What happens at home, I do not know. We used to require the empty bottle of shampoo to be sent in, but once someone just arrested for shoplifting said bottle we stopped that policy. We ask the family to tell us if they need help, some do, some don't. My school district has budgeted to pay for lice treatment so money is not an issue. My issue is 1. Getting the parents to acknowledge their child has lice and 2, Getting the parents to follow thru with treatment.

MaryAnn - posted on 08/31/2015

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I grew up in a house of five very social girls. At one point, we ended up with resistant lice- just as the school board made the decision to stop sending girls with lice home. Turns out, organizing a lice removal day for us AND all our friends and their houses for the same day is frankly impossible.
We did the tea tree oil thing. Also, we moved all of our brushes and hair ties etc to the freezer, bagged up everything that couldnt go in the dryer for a few weeks, and once a week, we soaked our heads in extra virgin olive oil, and duct taped shower caps over it to leave it in for a night to suffocate nits. Mom had pur hair tightly braided with gel for months.
It totally sucks to be in a situation where everyone is reinfecting everyone else. It feels hopeless- it isnt.

Kim - posted on 08/29/2015

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There are 2 little girls I help out with in emergencies. Unfortunately, they always have lice and have passed it to my daughter several times. I don't like chemicals so I did a lot of research and came up with the following method:
Daily: Wash, condtion and blow or air dry hair then add a small amount of Moraccan Oil to the scalp & roots.
Weekly: I add a small amount of Tea Tree Oil to shampoo - lather amd let set on head at least 5 minutes. Rinse & condition. Let hair dry then I flat iron and add the Moraccan Oil. Wash all bedding & dry on highest possible heat setting. I also toss all pillows in the dryer on the highest heat setting.
2x Month: I saturate with Coconut Oil - making sure to massage into roots & scalp. Cover with shower cap and let set for 30 min. This will help break & eggs away from the hair shaft. I rinse, shampoo then condition. Before rinsing out conditioner, I do a very throrough comb thru using a lice comb. Rinse conditioner out. Dry & flat iron.

I've been using this method for 3 years with great results in keeping lice away. It is time-consuming but the conversations my daughter & I share during this time is priceless!

Ivon - posted on 08/28/2015

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Thanks so much for your help. I had some small bottle of lice shampoo the doctor prescribed to her. But with her hair being so long and so much plus curly its hard. It's definitely a pain in the butt. Then the comb isn't small enough. Someone mentioned going to pets store and buying the metal comb. I don't know 😞.
Thanks again 😊. Ivon.

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