Is there anyplace you can take your child to get nits out of their hair? Desperate!

Christie - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 60 moms have responded )

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I have been fighting to get all the nits out of my 10 yr. old's hair. I can't see them all and the combs just slide right over them! Have spent days trying to get them out because her hair is sooo thick! I can't do it anymore! Is there anywhere I can take her to get some help getting them out?

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Christine - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daughter has thick hair I find that using tea tree oil is the best remedy... place the oil in a spray bottle then add a little hot water, this helps is go further. Spray your daughters hair all over then place a shower cap over her hair. I usually leave the cap on for at least an hour and sometimes over night. The results are amazing, you will be able to see the dead ones and the combs will easily pick up the eggs after the treatment and the best part is the tea tree leaves their hair nice and healthy not like the harsh chemical products you buy.



Also if you get your daughter to stand in the sun for about 5 mins you wil find the lice will come to the top of her head. They love heat and sunlight helps you see them better also.



Good luck and hopefully you can break the cycle.

Marj - posted on 09/10/2009

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i have tried many thing and spent a lot of money .i was told to try fried Lice you can bye it from the hair ware house its the best thing. my boys used to get them a bit but since i tried this there has been no sign of them.

Joanne - posted on 08/26/2009

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forgot...use teatree oil shampoo...she will never get them again....it really works...

Robyn - posted on 08/25/2009

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We had a major issue this summer with lice. My neice picked them up at daycare and gave them to her sister, her mom, my two boys and my husband. We used a product called "fairy tales". It is non toxic and comes with a really good comb. They also make a lice repel rosemary shampoo and spray in conditioner that really works( I didn't get them). You can also use the leave in conditioner spray when you are combing out the hair so it doesnt dry out. For the baby we just used mayonaise and combed it out, but I wouldn't use that for the older kids. The baby doesn't have near as much hair.

Nikki - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting helen:

it's an urban myth that you can catch the nits from hats etc they can only be passed on by HEAD TO HEAD contact



PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN to this advice!  YES, you can easily get them from hats, coats, etc.  They can live up to 48 hours without a "warm body".  This is why you must clean anything "breathe-able" that has come in contact with your child - such as bedding, book bags, jackets, brushes, combs, stuffed animals, car seats, etc. to completely get rid of them. 

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Elessa - posted on 08/27/2012

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New clinics are setting up, so yes. The one around the corner here charges $179AU for the initial treatment, including the follow up combing. $89.95AU for combing only.

Joanne - posted on 08/26/2009

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our health unit will help...try the licemaster..i believe it's called...gold or yellow handle and made of metal...not sure where you are from..but most pharmacys have them ....

Rhianwen - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting daphne:

i work in a school in canada, i am the "Nit Picker" LOL we use olive oil here. put lots of oil on the hair (enough to soak through) then let the oil sit for bout an hour then sepreate the hair and starting at the bottom of the head use a nit comb and start combin section by section. before getting hair wet put on dish soap scrub and then rinse with water repeat. when done shampooing rinse with vinegar and water. then recomb. Good Luck its not a fun job !



What an interesting method. I'll try that with my girl's hair and see how I go. I am vdry sick of using the chemical shampoos for it...I have used every one on the market.



 



If I go well, I will be recommending it to our school at the next School Council meeting.

Rhianwen - posted on 08/25/2009

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I wish! I am having the same issue wqith my 9 yr old girl. Unfortunaltely, I get all the nits out, but there is a kid at school who keeps giving them back to everyone, that the dumb principal won't exclude

Elizabeth - posted on 08/25/2009

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sorry to tell you but you will have to do them yourself . a beauty shop will not touch the hair . but if you put olive oil on her hair it will make getting them out easier and you can also try some flea and tick shampoo for dogs it helps to get rid of the nits .hope this helps .also wash all the clothes and stuffed animals or put them in a plastic bag for 2 weeks. but if its one they just wont go to bed with out wash in hot wash water and hot dryer then it should be ok .hope by now you are nit free .

Mary - posted on 08/25/2009

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lice are the biggest headache I have ever had...My oldest girl had it three times the last time we had to use kerosene...(be careful)...my youngest girl got it like 6 times last year alone...the school no longer do searches and she keeps getting it...a constant fight...her hair is the dirty blonde and she gets the clear lice with the brown line down the middle the news called them the SUPER LICE...it special shampoo helps a little but it seems to only stun them...we comb in the sunlight because it is so hard to see...It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to comb through her hair and that is after we got it cut into a bob cut...good luck...I hate those head lice...If god has a purpose for everything what are lice for?

Darlene - posted on 08/25/2009

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You can't use the comb to get out the nits--only for the bugs. To get the nits out you have to separate the hair and go thru it almost strand by strand and use your thumbnail to pull them out. It is a very tedious job. I have 4 daughters and several years ago one of them got lice from school and it was a never-ending battle for 2 years!!! Their dad, who I am divorced from, would not keep them checked when they went to his house and they would not do anything to treat themselves and they had them too. Once I would get my girls hair cleaned up and they were nit-free (and ended up having to have a nurse from school document it bc my ex said they were coming from my house....) they would go back to his house and come home with them again. This went on for 2 years!!! It stopped when there was a period of time they didn't go to see him. My girls also have very thick, long hair.

I could do it with my eyes closed now I think--lol. Maybe I should open a clinic just to treat head lice--lol.

But the key thing is to make sure you treat them and get all the nits out that you can find, then re-check EVERY day until you definitely know they are gone. I got one of the best nit combs out there--one of the metal ones--the plastic ones don't work, and run it thru every inch of the hair to get the bugs. They like to hide on the back of the head at the base of the neck and behind the ears. Then proceed to separating the hair, literally cm by cm, and looking for nits and pulling them out with your thumbnail. If they are really bad you may need to treat again. Good luck!!

Deshona - posted on 08/24/2009

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do it in the bath. Put condtioner in her hair then comb through, Get a clip and clip it up and start from the lower bottom under part.



you can also call around see if anyone will. You may have to cut her hair short! Some people have to do that in the end.

Daphne - posted on 08/24/2009

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i work in a school in canada, i am the "Nit Picker" LOL we use olive oil here. put lots of oil on the hair (enough to soak through) then let the oil sit for bout an hour then sepreate the hair and starting at the bottom of the head use a nit comb and start combin section by section. before getting hair wet put on dish soap scrub and then rinse with water repeat. when done shampooing rinse with vinegar and water. then recomb. Good Luck its not a fun job !

Lyndsay - posted on 08/24/2009

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When I was younger lice went rampant in our house. I have two younger sisters and a stepsister who we saw on the weekends, so you can imagine how it was passed back and forth hundreds of times. I guess the only thing to do is be persistent -- use LOTS of lice shampoo! And really go over the hair with the comb, like slowly and keep your eyes open. I also remember my mom used to use her fingernails to pull them from our hair because the comb didn't always work.

Christie - posted on 08/24/2009

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thank you so much, that stuff really helped! That is a great comb that comes with it, first one I found that actually gets those pesky eggs out!

Jessica - posted on 08/23/2009

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try leaving conditioner in over-night 4 a few days, nits hate it and it should kill them as well use the nit treatment before and after and just keep combing her hair each day, it worked for my daughter everytime and it saved me money as well! i was told if you use a hair straighter it helps the eggs hatch so that might not be a good idea, nits hate the cold, i hope that helps!!!

Evelyn - posted on 08/23/2009

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First gather up the clothes and linens (I would do everyone one who lives in the house) and wash and dry their clothes and linens. Second, ask the pharmacist where you shop which product he recommends. There are several over the counter products. . ro get rid of the .louse a well as the nits. Products often come with a nit comb that is very fine and it drags the nit out of the person's hair as you comb it. You have to repeat the treatment in 7 days, unless the information with the product says differently. This will take care of any nits you might have missed.
In case you are wondering about my source of information, I worked in Psych for more than 15 years and it was not uncommon to find lice and have to deal with it; It really is no big deal, just be sure to follow the directions.

Amber - posted on 08/23/2009

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Have you ever tryed useing a hair straightener? it can help. I have herd there is a place in south Auckland where you can take them and a a district nurse will help you out sorry cant be more spacific bout that??? also there is a conditioning product called Nuta lice conditioning which helps detach the lice and eggs from the hair also works well. Good luck:)

Cathleen - posted on 08/23/2009

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Unfortunately there isnt that i know of. my daughter had it and we just had to sit and pick them out. You can try to put vinegar on her hair and comb them out. This sound crazy but baby oil too. Everyone thinks lice is a sign of dirty hair but they dont like the dirty hair they take to the healthy hair. There is a solution of head and shoulders brans name shampoo and dawn dishwashing liquid, the original blue one and tea tree oil and use that to wash her hair on a daily basis. It works.

Victoria - posted on 08/22/2009

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I use tea tree oil mixed with regular hair shampoo, NO CONDITIONERS it doesn counter act. you can get a two ounce bottle at wa-mart for about 6$, I dealt with this for many years, for some reason my daughter was just prone to them. I packed all of her stuffies in a plastic bag for two weeks and her pillows, sprayed adn vacuumed her room and her bed, After combing her hair everyday for about a week. we finally beat the problem, she hasn't had this problem in a few years actually. I also used a metal lice comb and pieced her hair out and combed little parts out at a time. (PITB) and she hated it even more then i did, and yes sometimes i did use my fingers (more often then not). Let us know how these work out for you,



Vicki

Jennifer - posted on 08/22/2009

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My daughters--then 8 & a few weeks shy of 10--BOTH got lice last fall when I was 38 weeks pregnant. UUUGGGHHH.



My older daughter has very thick hair. On the advice of my school nurse I used a product called "LiceMD" on both girls. It is completely non-toxic (the shampoos are toxic, and will really do a number on your daughter's hair--and the lice are getting resistant to them), it smothers the lice/nits. I spent probably 2-3 hours combing my older daughter's hair--which let me tell you, was SO smooth and shiny for quite a while after doing this.. But the next day at school the nurse could find nothing on her. I was SO happy. I did keep looking for a few days and would find a couple of nits, but it seemed that my experience with lice was much less traumatizing than I hear other mothers talking about.

Christie - posted on 08/22/2009

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I had a MAJOR problem one summer in my stepdaughter's really thick hair. We had so many before we knew about them (she arrived with them and was already old enough to be managing her own hair, so we didn't know till they had multiplied). I found after many days of hours of pulling them out by fingers, a product in the UK (I am in the US) called Lice Rx ~ it was fabulous; killed whatever was in the nits and they slid off much easier after that.

Catherine - posted on 08/22/2009

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I am sure you already heard this but here it goes.I used spexial shampoo and the special comb.In the end at shower time after she washed her hair i rinsed it with vinegar and then tied her hair up and put like a plasti c shower xap on for her to sleep in .after that i would rinse er air every onxe in a while with vinegar to prevent it again

Fran - posted on 08/22/2009

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Shampoo's and lice treatments treat lice - not nits. You can loosen nits, using apple cider vinegar. You can smother live lice with oil (olive, baby, mayo) and a shower cap. Lice can live for up to 3 hours with this stuff on, so we have been told to leave it for 4 hours. Use a true nit comb. The one I have used is called "nit terminator" it has small wires wrapped around the tines of the comb, so that it catches the nits. You need to comb the section hair from all sides, to be sure to comb over every surface of the hair.



It is not easy, but it should be done every 2 days for a minimum of 14 days. Use conditioner in the hair while combing, and wipe the comb on a white paper towel - you can then see the nits you have combed out. Keep combing the section until the comb comes through clean, then move on to the next section.



It is exhausting, but don't cut off your daughters hair. You will have a harder time as it grows back because you won't be able to put it up. Tea tree oil, hairspray, gel etc are great deterrents, but the only thing that works for prevention is keep you hair away from other kids and their stuff. Keep in mind as winter months come that you want your child's coat protected from the other coats hanging beside it. A spritz of tea tree oil on the coat may help, but encourage your child to get a hanger at the end of the line of coats, rather than in the middle, hang it up by the hood, not the hanging piece inside the coat, tuck hats inside the sleeve, not up on the shelf. All good things, but when lice find a nice home (my daughter has long, thick, curly hair ;-(, and we have done this twice now) they like to stay in a nice environment. As I was told the second time we had it here, why go camping (thin short hair) when you can stay at a 5 star resort (long thick hair).



Good luck!

Christy - posted on 08/22/2009

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There is nothing fun about getting rid of lice. Unfortunately you just have to go with it. Do it when her hair is wet, and clip her hair up and do in sections. Just take a little at a time and do each section. That's really the only way. The nits like the ear area and the neck-line. Make sure you boil all hair brushes/scrunchies. Everything in the house needs vacuumed and washed (couches, linens, stuffed animals etc). If you don't do this you will get them again and be back to square one. Also everyone in the house should be treated with the lice shampoo and combed through at least once. Good luck!

Missy - posted on 08/22/2009

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I did the mayo with daughter too,I did also use the rid before that but mayo on all day with a shower cap I think helped alot but of course I combed and combed and took those eggs out,its a pain but the only way.She got it two years in a row,but not this past year because we use suave coconut shampoo and hair in ponytail with hairspray.I almost cracked up those two times she got it,my son will be in 9th grade and has never had lice.I guess where his hair is so short and boys aren't as cuddly as girl,lol

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009

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I have no idea where to take a child to have that do. My oldest had that problem also so I was told to use real mayonnaise...put it on her hair(cover from the roots up) wrap her head with plastic wrap and then cover it with either a snow cap or towel (I had here wear it over night) than wash it with vinegar and warm water. It helped strip the hair and kill anything crawling. But you still have to go through her hair to get all the eggs but it slides off pretty easy. (I had to to look in sections and pull the eggs out by hand). It is a long process but if you do not get all the eggs they will hatch and make more. hope this helped good luck.

Vicki - posted on 08/22/2009

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Robi combs are the best. They run on 'AA' batteries, they buzz as you comb it through the hair and they stop buzzing when they find the nits. When this happens you then stop the Robi Comb and use the little brush supplied to clean out the teeth and you start again. One of my twins has demititis so is very sensitive to chemicals, since buying this, I have not seen one lot of nits in any of my 3 kids. Best $50 I have ever spent.

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I know this will sound strange but cover her hair with mayonaise, then wrap it in plastic wrap. Put a shower cap on it and leave it for an hour. Then, take one of the combs that come with the treatment packages and dip it in alcohol. Take TINY pieces of her hair and comb through it-each time dipping the nit comb in alcohol. After you are done, wash her hair as normal. This is a VERY time consuming process but it will work without harsh chemicals. My daughter's hair was almost to her waist when we had the issue and her hair is very thick. I hope thie helps!

Kathy-http://www.balterbaby.com

Katherine - posted on 08/22/2009

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The cheapest way is vaseline. That kills the lice too. Just do one inch pieces of hair at a time by saturating from root to end and bobby pin. Have her wear a shower cap one night to bed and comb out the next day. Lice and nits slide out and they are very dead. Wash her hair the next 3 or 4 days with Dawn dish liqiud and have her hair worn back into a ponytail till all the vaseline washes out. Non toxic and they are so gone!

Heather - posted on 08/21/2009

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I have heard tea tree oil works or mayo. My children and step children has had them and it's a pain. My one step daughter had long,dark,brown hair and it got so bad i had to section her hair and take her outside in the sunlight to see them. I have also heard of kerosen(spelling) but that is very dangerous.Make sure you wash all bed lining and clothes. throw away hair ties and combs, brushes. Spray the house with the lice spray but personally I don't think they work. I used to get those bombs you can buy at the store to kill all living insects inside your house. Set like a bomb in each room and then go to the park and after so many hrs go back home and open all windows to air it out. Good luck!

Ann - posted on 08/21/2009

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THIS IS ONT=E THING WE CAN'T BLAME ON BLACK FOLKS.THEY HAVE SO MUCH OIL IN THEIR HAIR THEY DON'T GET THEM

Ann - posted on 08/21/2009

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well they do jump i've seen it in my beauty shop. how do you thihink they get from head to head when they touch?JUMP HOPE I'VE BEEN SOME HELP

Ann - posted on 08/21/2009

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no i am a beautician. you will have to buy a kit at walmart,it will have a little comb in there to comb them out sorry

Cindy - posted on 08/21/2009

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To the person who only thinks you can get lice from head to head contact, I hope you really don't believe this, our Doctor and the Pharmacist and the School Nurse have all told me that lice don't fly or jump and that you ,get them from head to head contact AND sharing hats, combs,head bands and brushes. We have been thru this 4 times this past year and because my daughter is so friendly she "hugs" her friends all the time, the Doctor said that they can be passed that way because of the head to head contact,and though she swears she doesn't use anybody things we know she does and have just had to keep reinforcing to her,no hugging and don't use anyone's things.

Kristina - posted on 08/21/2009

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Have tried many methods over the years, all of which still require physical removal of eggs and lice! Only answer, I'm afraid, is to persevere! Conditioner kills many nits, turpentine kills also(very mild solution in spray bottle, then wash hair). repeat process every few days, and wash preety much every thing that was touched by hair! Keep long hair tied away, and discourage kids from holding heads close together.

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There is actually a base of professionals that remove the nits for you..not sure where you are, but you can google professional nit removers and it should lead you in the right direction.

Christie - posted on 08/21/2009

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thank you everyone, I will try any or all of it till we get rid of this mess. I really appreciate all of your advice.

Dawnielle - posted on 08/20/2009

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There is a product called lice Free it is a non toxic treatment and it comes with 2 bottles of stuff in it. I get it at Walgreen's if you have those where you live. It kills lice and eggs through dehydration. It smells like black liquorish but it works great. It even comes with a long tooth comb that works. The eggs are extremely hard to get out but if you treat the hair correctly it will kill the eggs using this product. Then over the next few days just comb through with the hair dry and dip the comb in vinegar after each comb through. It took me almost 6 months to get rid of the lice and eggs and this product helped me I tried all the other stuff from olive oil, vinegar, Nix, Rid, tea tree oil, tar shampoos and other products. I even cut my daughters hair really short and still no luck until I found this product and it seemed to do the trick just after you treat the hair clean the whole house I even bought plastic covers for the pillows and mattresses. Keep her hair up and put hairspray in it every day until it is all gone and you are sure that she is not going to get it back. If you are worried about her getting it back hairspary and ponytails are the best protection. Oh yeah and two more things make sure not to use any of the hair ties or combs until you either boil them for 5 minuets or thow them out and buy new ones and also bag up all toys with fur or hair or anything that lice may attach too and put them away for 3-5 days to give it time for the lice to die. These things are pains but you can win the battle

Christina - posted on 08/20/2009

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go outside. it's easier to see them in sunlight. we have a place called the hair fairies that come to your home and do the whole thing for you. remember to wash everything in your house and vacuum the whole house and mattresses.

Karen - posted on 08/20/2009

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Soak her head in baby oil with a shower cap over it for an hour or two. For the last 15 min. or so, blow dry over the cap so her head gets nice and warm. Find the smallest toothed comb you can possibly find at the store (I don't recomend nit combes cuz they don't seem to work)... brush through her hair first to get the tangles out (if there are tangles at the end the comb will get stuck and leave nits behind) and then comb through, putting pressure against the hair so as to kind of scrape against it. You will NOT GET ALL OF THEM OUT, trust me! But at this point, you can go buy what is called a "Robi Comb" which is an electrical comb that kills even the smallest bug. Starting first thing the next day, robi comb her hair twice a day... morning and night... for two weeks. I have 4 kids and volunteer for two schools doing lice treatments, trust me... it's the best way.

And Dawn is the best for getting the oil out!

Merideth - posted on 08/20/2009

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The easiest way that I have found to get them out.... try to use olive oil. Saturate her hair with it, and then put a shower cap on here head for about 3 hours. After removing the cap, sit and begin combing her hair. It works great. In order to get the olive oil out, use the old style blue dawn dish soap to wash her hair. If needed, repeat entire procedure, using a different shower cap each time. MAKE SURE to either wash her pillow(and all her bedding) with SUPER hot water! I found it easier to just buy a new one. Hope this helps. They are a pain, but it just takes patience. :)

Helen - posted on 08/19/2009

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it's an urban myth that you can catch the nits from hats etc they can only be passed on by HEAD TO HEAD contact

Rebecca - posted on 08/19/2009

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Some hairdressers will do treat and remove nits for you, it can be costly. Ithere is one that does it in my local area but I''m not sure if there are others.

Lindsay - posted on 08/19/2009

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We had this about a year ago and I'm pretty sure you can't take them anywhere. We did the mayo (it has to be real, not miracle whip) and shower cap through the night. That will smother them. In the morning, rince it out and shampoo and condition then get your comb ready! What the comb wouldn't get, I got with my nails. I also keep a piece of duct tape to stick them on as I get them out. Don't forget to wash everything in hot water and bag up toys in an airtight bag for 2 weeks. Also make sure and don't forget to spray the car seats. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 08/19/2009

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We've been through it a couple of times and it is a pain. I have dreadlocks and so when the kids have come home from school with nits in the past I have freaked out. I got them in my dreadlocks once when the kids had them and since I can't (for obvious reasons) use a nit comb I went through the vinegar and oil method and got rid of them. So if I got them out of my mass of hair I reckon this method must work on anyones hair. First you have to be prepared to do the treatments over and over every day for a week or so to make sure you have got everything. I started with soaking the hair in vinegar and leaving it on for a few hours wrapped in plastic wrap. Be careful with your kids when doing this because it's horrible to breathe in. Rinse this out and then soak the hair in oil (I use olive oil). Again leave it on for a few hours or more (as much time as you can, even overnight). Of course with the kids you can use the comb as well while you have the oil in as it slows the adults down and they are easier to get. After you've washed out the oil mix up a solution in spray bottle of olive oil (or something similar) with a few drops of tea tree oil and rosemary oil. Spray it in the hair in between the treatments of vinegar and oil. Hope this works for you. The other thing I do now is keep a spray bottle of water with tea tree and rosemary oil in it in the bathroom and get the kids to use it on their hair each morning before school and this seems to be keeping them away. Good luck!!

Hollie - posted on 08/19/2009

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Oh my gosh, my family of 6 battled lice last summer for 3 months. Just when we thought it was gone someone else in the family would get it. Daily combing of the nits helped. Our doctor suggested mayo on hair overnight with a shower cap. Eventually we shaved the three boys heads and finally we were rid of it. I have repeated reminded my children about sharing hats, combs, etc. I don't want to go through that again. Good luck!!!!

Kris - posted on 08/19/2009

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I used baby oil - and a lot on my daughters hair (long blonde) when she had this problem. Use alon with a fine nit comb - and comb, comb, comb - you should get all and the eggs this way. I guess the oil smothers them. You will have to shampoo a couple times and still your child may look greasy for a day or two of washings - but it will get rid of them.

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A friend of mine does a weekly vinegar soak with her 3 daughters. Soak the hair in white vinegar, wrap in plastic wrap (or a shower cap) and leave on for at least an hour. Wash and condition as usual, rinse well, and comb out. She tells me it works to kill any in the hair, and also as a deterrent. She said the vinegar will literally dissolve any nits or bugs present.

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I have found,with my children, prevention is the best thing! All I do is take a regular spray bottle you can buy at any dollar store, fill it halfway with water, halfway with a leave-in treatment conditioner (just to help your hair, it does nothing for the nits) and a few drops of TEA TREE OIL (available at most department stores and Walmart, in the supplement section). There is something about the tea tree oil that lice don't like. We shake up the bottle, spray our hair every morning, then style it it. After about 3 weeks of using it every day, your hair is more resistant to head lice. You HAVE to do it every day, and keep it up; if you miss a day, you have to start all over again. We have done this for the past 5 years, and I have never had head lice since then, and my girls have only gotten them again when they quit using their spray.

Helen - posted on 08/19/2009

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treat with a shampoo (ask at the pharmacy which product is the current to use as the nits do develop resistance) then use conditioner, a really rich conditioner, the oil idea is the same idea it's not that it suffocates the nits but the hair becomes too slippery for them to cling on to. And of course the comb you need to comb and comb and comb. Once you have got rid of them you can make a mix of essentiel oils (lavender,geranium and tea tree) and put a drop on the nape of the neck once a week as prevention. I offer this advice as both mother and pharmacy tech who was responsable for keeping on track of anti nit campaigns in the uk. Good luck

Karen - posted on 08/19/2009

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We have been through this three times. The only thing you can do is be patient and diligently work on them. I usually ended up pulling them out with my fingernails. I think if you take her somewhere, they will probably want to cut her hair. It just takes time, and patience.

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