need advice on what to do with step chiildren who keep coming over infested with head lice

Crystal - posted on 08/03/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Im a mom to six four are mine two are step children. we get my step kids several days once a month. Every single time they come over for the last year they are infested with head lice. I treat them take prevention methods to protect my own and keep the house extra tidy and still my children end up with head lice and need treatment due to the step children bringing it over. This last time resulted in a trip to the dr who told me my children have super lice meaning they are immune to the treatments Ive been using which was a nightmare getting rid of this time. I have tried talking to my step childrens mother who refuses to believe they have lice refuses to treat them even after I took them to the hosp immediately after picking them up and had a dr call her to tell her they have lice. she just refused to believe it as always and did nothing. Im over dealing with this problem and at my wits end cannot I not do something legally to her for continuously exposing my children to head lice and her keeping her children infested. I have called dcs before all they did was make her treat the kids and home and never even did a follow up on this woman. Any advice is much appreciated

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Jodi - posted on 08/04/2013

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Ok, I have a niece and nephew who have severe headlice problems and in the past I used to just have to treat my kids. But over the years, I have developed preventative measures. Whenever my kids are around their cousins, I fill a spray bottle with water and some tea tree oil. I spray it a couple of times a day. I also make sure I braid my daughter's long hair and spray it with hair spray. Once they are gone, I have them wash their hair properly, and then I always check it. I change bedding, etc, too. I always check it again a week later. And I make sure everyone is treated.

It frustrates my brother when they come from their mother's with lice, and we all suspect she is the host, but there isn't a great deal anyone can do.

Headlice HATE tea tree oil,and they hate hair spray. I do hear your pain. Heck, I am itching my head just now thinking about it!!

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Kenyaka - posted on 08/06/2013

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None of my business, but where is the father during all of this. If she is refusing treatment for lice and is in denial about it despite a Dr. calling her, one has to wonder in what other areas she is falling short as a parent. To me this is a form of neglect and if she is neglecting something as easy as washing hair what are their diets like. And how are their hygiene habits.... As the other parent your spouse should be concerned about this issue as well and should be trying to find ways to insist that it is resolved. Don't let this go because I'm sure the treatments for lice are not meant for everyday or long term use and I'm sure there are side effects to doing so. Do some research and present this to DCS to insist that they follow up if nothing changes... Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 08/04/2013

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thank you jodi, I will try the tea tree oil and other suggestions for keeping my children lice free, and hopefully we will be able to enjoy and look forward to my step childrens visit instead of dreading it

Crystal - posted on 08/04/2013

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he helps with his children of course, we go together to pick the kids up so he was present for the hospital trip, and has tried talking to their mother as well. Talking to her just isnt working for either of us, and while we both want to see and spend time with the kids we are starting to dread the days we have them because of this problem. He no longer knows what more we can do, I have no clue as to what further action we can take. We just want to be able to see the kids without the worry of their severe head lice problem. He drives a truck for a living and doesnt have alot of free time to look into what measures we can take against the problem, and so far I have found no answers or help online as to if it is possible to take some sort of legal action against her. the dcs call was really are only hope, and they did not do their job well in my opinion. I feel that there should have been a follow up visit after they found the problem and forced her to treat it. I have called attorneys but am waiting on call backs and still no answer.

Michelle - posted on 08/03/2013

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What is their Father doing? He's the one that should be discussing this with their Mother since they are the parents.

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