Lice

Kathleen - posted on 09/20/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter who is 6 goes to a public school and she is constantly getting head lice I have to keep calling her Dr to get a prescription sent to my pharmacy. Is there any other to get rid of it besides using the actual lice shampoo because I noticed it's been drying her out.

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Christine - posted on 06/26/2015

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I went to Lice Clinics of America in West Palm Beach. They use a machine that is safe and it works. I was so happy with the results that I want to share it with other moms. Their website is www.LCAWPB.com.

Christine - posted on 06/26/2015

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I live in Florida and found a new place called Lice Clinics of America - West Palm Beach. They use a machine that gets rid of the bugs and the eggs in about an hour. It's safe and doesn't use chemicals. I was so impressed that I'm sharing this information with as many other parents as I can. Their website is www.LCAWPB.com and there are other clinics like it throughout the country.

Dove - posted on 09/20/2014

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Conditioner and a good lice comb... and being very vigilant about combing out every since bug and egg. It's the only sure way to get rid of them... especially since lice are becoming resistant to the chemicals due to overuse.

Ev - posted on 09/20/2014

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I live in the US, Chet Mc and Michelle. I have never in my time since having kids of my own heard of that. I have heard of the tea tree oil, using mayo, and other home remedies. None of them worked on my daughter when she had the infestation herself at first grade or age of 6 to 7. I was pregnant with her brother at the time so the over the counter stuff like RID and other hair tonics like that I could not use because of the ingredients in them would harm the unborn baby. Even the prescription one was not allowed for me to touch at all. There was a store brand of the hair tonic we tried and it worked once or twice but not great. The spray for the bedding and toys and stuff like that we used and it seemed to help a lot. We did vaccum everything we could and bagged the rest of it up for weeks at a time. But there were a couple kids in her class that were cronic with the lice and every time they had it she came home with it. Finally she got into a class that she was no longer around them but when her dad remarried the first time after me, the one step sibling she shared a room with kept coming down with it and so did she. I found a homeopathic rememdy at Walmart that worked wonders and did the cleaning that you have to do to rid the house of them. I also wondered if her body chemistry attracted them too. Also you have to understand that some lice get an immunity of sorts to the lice treatments out there and it does take the doctor's prescription to get it out. You can look up home remedies and see if those work for you. Just did not work for my daughter.

Chet - posted on 09/20/2014

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How far apart are your outbreaks? Are you certain that you're treating her (and your home) to the point of being fully lice free? She may not be catching them over and over again. This may be a single outbreak that has never completely gone away.

You need to make certain that you follow the directions on the treatment exactly, and that you fully decontaminate things like bedding and hair accessories.

It's very possible that you aren't getting rid of all the lice you have. A lot of the prescription treatments I know of don't kill the eggs. If you miss just one or two eggs you with combing, or you forget to clean a hairbrush, you can have what looks like a fresh lice infestation in couple weeks or a month.

It's also possible that you have resistant lice and need to try a different treatment.

In any case, if the treatment you have is causing problems with repeated use there are different treatments to try.

Unfortunately, the treatments vary a lot from place to place so you'll have to research this. The product I've used in Canada sounds similar to the one Michelle has used in Australia (it's an oily sprays that kills the adults and the eggs by stripping off some protective coating they have, and doesn't require combing), but the last I heard it wasn't available in the US.

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2014

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I don't know where you live but here in Australia there is a good treatment the is a spray. It's quite oily and you spray it on and leave it on for about 10mins. Then you comb them all out with a lice comb and wash the hair as normal.
I have treated 2 of my children with this about 4 months ago and they haven't returned. I also spray my daughters hair with a mixture of tea tree oil and water every morning before tying it up. Spraying hairspray on the hair each morning also helps to keep them away.
I have never had to get a prescription for any lice treatments.

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