My daughter has lice

Michele - posted on 06/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hey gals,

To make a long story short-my 6 year old daughter has been fighting with head lice for 3 weeks now and I just discovered some more on her head today. Just when I think it is licked they show up again. I am on my third treatment and nothing seems to work....Nix, Rid, and now De-Bug...



I was wondering if ya'll had any luck with anything. I am taking her to get her hair cut tomorrow (since I'm not taking her to church)-it breaks my heart to do so but I just feel this would help in solving the problem....how short do you think I should get it?

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I did what Tam said a few years ago when my daughter got lice. Also do not for get to spray down your car. My husband was in Iraq at the time, so I sprayed my car down well and used his car for 2 weeks before I used mine again. Also, when you wash hair after the mayo treatment you a dandruff coal tar shampoo, like the one made by Denorox. It smells like tar or gas, but it kills any lice that survives the mayo. My daughter has very thick hair so combing took about 4 hours each treatment. We did this entire treatment twice (3 days apart) and never saw lice again.

Michelle - posted on 06/29/2009

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MAYO! All those products don't work. PLEASE try Mayo. What you do it cover her entire head w/ mayo and let it sit for a while. Then two days later do it again. The mayo will smother the live lice but wont kill the eggs so you have to do it again in a couple of days right when the eggs hatch so that you kill those as well...then you should be lice free. ( family member had lice, tried EVERYTHING to kill them, finally did the mayo trick, worked like a charm )

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Angela - posted on 07/12/2009

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My daughters had that problem and few years ago. Along with washing everything in hot water and using every lice killing medicine available I had no choice but to put a chemical straightner in their hair. The chemicals in the straighter killed every lice in their hair! It was a drastic measure, but I was desprate. It worked!

Christine - posted on 07/08/2009

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mayo probably does work.. so does good old fashioned olive oil. It smothers the lice.. then you can pick the eggs out. its a natural treatment with no chemicals that'll kill those buggers.. but you really do have to attack all your bedding carpets pets etc...



I think I just got lice from my daughter. She got it from a friend and she was easy to pick clean. I treated myself, my hubby buzzed his head, and I treated the entire house. That was 2 weeks ago... now I feel a tingly here and there again... grrrrrr

Anne - posted on 06/30/2009

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The one area you may be missing is your car seat. If you have not treated your car and all car seats you should try doing that. Our oldest (She is 25 now) brought home lice the week before Thanksgiving. I had Licensed Child Care in our home. Counting my husband , myself and our 2 children and all of the day care kids we did washed 16 heads of hair and did 21 loads of laundry. What a mess.

Zimmersgirl - posted on 06/29/2009

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Hang in there, Michele. you're doing the right stuff. ((Hugs)) This is no fun, but you're doing what you need to.

Tawny - posted on 06/29/2009

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Don't forget when after vacuuming remove the bag or they will just get out again...

Brenda - posted on 06/29/2009

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We found lice on my daughters 2nd birthday in her head i called the doctor and they called me in some liquid stuff that smelled like pure alcohol and you leave it on their heads for like 8 hrs or more and then rinse it and comb through and it got them all so try calling your child's doctor.

Heather - posted on 06/29/2009

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My mom washed everything in the house, stuffed animals and all, she would put down carpet powder and leave it for a few hours then shampooed the carpets, and used lice shampoo in our hair... Everyones hair, even those that you don't think have lice. She also washed all of our pets (with pet lice shampoo).

My sisters friend just died her daughters hair and used the Rid spray. It worked, and her daughter loved her new hair color....

Michele - posted on 06/29/2009

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It blows my mind how hard it is to kill these bugs! I sprayed the "De-Bug" right on them when I got it out of her hair-and he still moved around......ugh....that is what is a headache....

Michele - posted on 06/29/2009

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Thanks, I do have the Rid spray and have sprayed and vacuumed the rooms and furniture. And all the stuffed aniamals have been bagged and in the garage for two weeks. thanks!

Michele - posted on 06/29/2009

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Thanks,Tam for the helpful info.......I have done everything that you have said except the Mayo-I am going to do that tonight or tomorrow.......found only 1 live louse and a couple of nits by the ear. But other than that she is free of them. I am hoping we are at the end of the tunnel! thanks

Zimmersgirl - posted on 06/28/2009

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Theresa, thanks for the name of the spray. I said spray down, but forgot to put that name down! :) Good catch!

Rebekah - posted on 06/28/2009

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You should try this all natural product made from tea tree oil called "Lice Killer". My mom used that stuff on me when I got lice as a kid, I had only 1 treatment and it was all gone within an hour! Totally beat the drug store stuff and the honey like shampoo the doctor gave my mom - none of it seemed to work.

But don't forget to clean pillows, bedding, floors, couches and everywhere else your daughter lays or has the potential of losing a hair somewhere or you could still have lice coming back.

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Just to add Michele...buy the "Rid" aroesal spray. Spray your couch, her bed, any rug in the house. also wash her linens, hats, jackets, etc in hot water. Wash or bag any stuffed animals or throws that she may have and use.



I operate a home day care a set of twins had lice twice! I didn't like to use the spray but I had no choice. After the second outbreak, other students developed lice. After I did all the above, no more lice! More importantly, after their mother did all the above, no more lice! Good luck!

Zimmersgirl - posted on 06/27/2009

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Ugh. No fun at all. With a daughter of my own and more nieces than I can count, I've had some experience with this.



Unfortunately, as the nurse told me, those little stinkers like clean hair better than dirty because they and their nits cling to it better. But we can't let our kids run around dirty.


You need to also call before you go to the salon because most will not cut hair if they find nits present. If you feel comfortable that you've gotten them all, it shouldn't be a problem, but make sure first.


You could call the pediatrician and see if they recommend the prescription strength stuff, but honestly, the best, least-harmful thing you can do only requires time and patience but it is the best method out there for getting rid of them.


The bad news is that while those little plastic combs in the kits do help some, they cannot get at it all.


This is what we did, mostly because we did not want to keep putting chemicals on the kids' heads and my SIL were afraid to do so with one child as she was so sensitive to that stuff.


First, go buy a package of those small ponies from the dollar store. The ones that are cloth/fuzzy like, the smallest size you can buy.


Next, go to your local pharmacy (or even Walmart maybe) and buy a LiceMeister comb. Here's a link so you can see what it looks like. http://www.headlice.org/licemeister/inde... I know walgreens and CVS carries them. They are not cheap (about $10 - $12 when I had to buy one years ago), but when you count the cost of the chemicals and whatnot, it's actually a better buy and healthier alternative.


I recommend this comb because it is metal and the teeth are made to especially help get those clingy nits. And when you are finished you can boil it down and put up for the next night.


Get a plastic bag in small trash can, napkins or paper towels, a zip seal baggie.


If you have time, the very first time, use MAYO (not miracle whip, etc) and slather her head up. Then you can tie up it up in a plastic bag like they use when they do hair dye. Keep it on for a minimum of four hours. This will help kill any live bugs. They can shut their respiratory systems off for a while, that's why you have to leave it on for so long. When you're finished or when you're ready to de-bug...


1) Wash her hair. Wet/damp hair is easier to work with (at least it was for us).


2) Divide the hair into 1/2 to 1" "square" sections. This can actually take a bit. We rented a movie or put a favorite show or movie on and whichever kid it was sat on the floor, between my legs and I checked heads while they watched or read or played video games.


3) Once you're finished. Divide the ponies into fourths (one fourth of of the ponies) put into one bigger one so you can keep them out of the way of the hair you are working on or have finished.


4) Starting at the nape of the neck, undo one section, use the lice meister comb several times, making sure to wipe it clean each swipe through the hair and putting any live bugs into the sealed baggie so they can't get on your furniture, etc.


5) Next, using your fingers, starting at the root of the hair, run your fingers/nails down the shaft to make sure you've gotten them all. It does take a while, but you'll get the feel of things really quickly and as long as you do very tiny sections at a time (no more than a few hairs at a time) you should be able to get all the "big" ones.


6) Once you've gone through the section with your fingers, use the comb again once or twice just to be safe. Wipe it to clean.


7) PUt that section down and to the side and move to the next section.


8) When you are finished with her whole head, immediately vacuum and take out the trash from the stuff. Spray down where you worked. Then boil the comb and all the ponies (so you can reuse them the next few times--or get several packages and toss the ponies). We also changed our clothes and immediately put the others in the washer.


Now, this can take a lot of time, depending on how thick your daughter's hair is etc. Like I said, I've had to do all kinds of heads so I know it can vary. make sure you stretch when you need it, etc. With the ponies, it does help for that sixty-second stretch so you know where you are at, and also while not 100%, does help keep the bugs out of the hair you've done.


You'll have to do this at least every other day (and check on opposite days, or comb through with comb) for at least two weeks. There could be new nits that are so tiny now they are invisible to the naked eye and until they grow you won't see them.





It takes time, but like I said, this is the most sure-fire way I've found to help to get rid of them completely and it is so much better (no chemicals).

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