my 5 yr old keeps coming home from school with head lice ihave try lots of thing like wet combing with condioner lotions even vinniger can any1 help plz

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Narrelle - posted on 07/27/2009

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Hi with all our 6 kids we have gone to hell and back trying to find the ultimate cure!!! Honestly for your own peice of mind (and you bank balance!!) I suggest you do a search online for an electronic comb, mine is called 'Robi Comb Pro' it cost around $50AU, but we swear by it. Kills the lice and removes them at the same time. Please note that you do need to remove the eggs (which I do by hand). There are no chemicals-so no more embarrassing smells and it only takes 5-10 mins to comb through hair!!! Hope it helps

Joslyn - posted on 04/17/2009

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I always use olive oil over night. Its a mess but it has always worked.

Peggy - posted on 07/31/2009

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I also used Olive Oil in my daughters hair after trying everything else. I put it in their hair and made sure the scalp was saturated as well and then put a plastic shower cap on them over night. The next morning I went through every strand of hair with a nit comb and the nits slid right off. Getting rid of the lice wasn't a problem for me. It was keeping them away when I sent them back to school. It does no good to just treat the hair and not comb out all the nits because they will just hatch and they will have lice again. That seems to be a concept that many parents couldn't seem to grasp. I started having my daughters put their coats and hats in their backpack at school when they took them off. I always pulled their hair up in a ponytail or french braids and put hairspray on it. It was a constant struggle when they were in grade school.

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Kelly - posted on 09/04/2009

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Sounds like you might need to change schools. Lice is a full time job to get rid of once you get it into your home. you not only need to treat your child but also any objects and surfaces in your home that the lice and nits can survive on. If you need to keep doing this over and over I would just switch schools. Also talk to the principle, They should be more strict about checking heads and sending kids home.

Christina - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter had that problem last year and I used mayonaise-just lather hair up with plain old mayonaise let it sir for about five minutes then comb it out with a nit comb-afterwards wash hair-its kind of messy and greasy the mayo pretty much turns into oil...good luck

Valerie - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter use to come home from preschool with lice and I would get so frustrated until my doctor told us to use Peppermint Shampoo. It works great without damaging your little ones hair. Not to mention it doesn't smell to bad either.

Eileen - posted on 08/31/2009

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Very simple solution, to prevent recurring infestations.. keep the hair very very clean, or, and this is my prefferred method, use a product in your childs hair every day that they are at school or around other kids..like a mousse, gel, even hairspray. Makes the hair slippery and the lice don't attach. I've done this with each of mine, and even though all our friends have had it, thankfully not one of my four have had a problem, not once, even when we have kids sleeping over mid outbreak!



Also, once a week or so wash the hair in shampoo with a couple drops of tea tree oil mixed in. I like to take a bottle thats about half gone and just shake some oil into that and use it, like i said once or twice a week , on the whole family.



seems to work.

Lisa - posted on 08/29/2009

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I don't where you are, but Guardian Pharmacy in Orillia Ontario , Canada. Look up the number they can probably ship to you. They make a homemade recipe in the pharmacutical department. I went through the same thing . Four girls with long hair. Every month. I was ready to shave their heads. This stuff is amazing. Killed everything on first application. You can see them die as you put it on. It smells nasty but after a few applications my kids never got it again. The head lice did not like the smell on their scalp. It's not chemical based like shelf products, all homemade. Give it a try.

Tina - posted on 08/29/2009

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We have a water bottle mixed with tea tree (i dont do drops but the whole thing) and some neem oil. My daughter always has the spray, hair up with hair gel and hair spray, no ponytail or fringe - just buns, platts, no free hair and she was the only one without nits or eggs in her class. my son has almost shoulder length curls he has tea tree/ neem spray and hair spray. As for getting rid of them we do the good old conditioner on dry hair with the nit comb - takes ages, but chemical free and works for us. Good luck.

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tea tree oil 5 drops in the shampoo bottle works wonder you can purches this at the body shop.if its in your area

Dawn - posted on 08/28/2009

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with my children i use hairspray,not a lot before they go to school,puts a small coating on the hair,stops them getting in works for me ,good luck

Christie - posted on 08/26/2009

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a good thing to try is always tie long hair back and spray with hairspray and wash their hair every night when they get home from school. Apparently the hair spray stops the lice from being able to attach their eggs to the hair strand.

Kim - posted on 08/07/2009

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Its constant work if they have sleepovers and stuff u really need to comb it the nextday. I started out buying basicallyevery product on shelf cause i always had loads of kids come stay and pass them on. id just do everyones with oil and vingar (3;1) so vinigar doesnt sting. vinigar strips eggs while oil suffocates live ones. its more affordable and healthy some of those shelf products r really toxic. i no its not fun but i always run comb through hair sunday showers just to b sure. good luck and let us no if u find the mirrical cure

Jade - posted on 08/04/2009

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try making up a solution of water, a large dollop of conditioner and some tea tree oil in a spray bottle, use it every day before he goes to school, that should help to deter the little buggers :)

Jasmin - posted on 08/03/2009

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Tea Tree Oil, like many have said.On the hair, then dilute it in a spray bottle and spray on pillows, sheets etc. Do this for 1 week and the lice will be totally gone!

Hope this helps

Stacey - posted on 08/03/2009

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Have you tried mayonaise, listerine and vineagar?? Mayonaise over night with a shower cap suffocates the lil rats. Rinse, shampoo, cover with vineagar, to make the nit removal easier. cover with Listerine to finish the job!

Lisa - posted on 08/02/2009

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Just wanted to add, don't forget to spray your carseats or the childs booster seat,etc when you treat the child and your house, furniture,etc. It's a nightmare we've had at varous times over the years, and my favorites for treating it is either Dippity Do hair gel (put it on, put shower cap on, sleep in it, wash out in the morning and comb, nits slid right out) or the tea tree shampoo that our school suggested last winter worked okay too.

The subject makes my head itch too. Yuck. LOL

Frances - posted on 07/30/2009

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Tea Tree Oil is your best bet, you can find it at health food stores. When shopping for tea tree oil, make sure you purchase pure tea tree oil and that there aren't any additives Keep in mind that although tea tree oil is natural, that doesn't automatically make it safe. Undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin irritation, redness, blistering, and itching and it can be toxic if ingested. Don't use tea tree oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep tea tree oil out of the reach of children and pets.



Not sharing your belongings is important for many reasons but it doesn’t matter what school your kids are in, lice, like the spider, can be found in any area. Remember, they can jump four feet... that's scary since you know the desks at school are not that far from each other.

Gene & Erin - posted on 07/30/2009

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Sweetheart! We are a family of 9 and had this problem on and off for almost a year - I was ready to shave everyones head. My doctor didn't want to do the prescription stuff b/c its so strong - but I finnally convinced him that I would bring the kids to his house (hehe!) Treated everyone except the smallest ones (2 & under) and spent the day cleaning the house (again). We haven't had a problem since. Ovide - as some have mentioned above is what was prescribed. We tried all that other stuff with only temporary relief.

We still freak out a little when some one scratches their head - but we are getting over it.

Norma - posted on 07/26/2009

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They have a solution in the drug stores that you can buy for head lice. My mom used to comb our heads with a fine comb that you used on babies when i was a child . You have to get the fine nets out down at the scalp which I think is eggs sacks or they'll hatch back from them. Ask the druggist for it. Hope this helps.

Shevaun - posted on 07/15/2009

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The cycle is 3 days. They breed every three days. Treatment needs to be every three days until there are no more nits or eggs they are the hard things to get rid of and they hatch every three days. Tea tree and lavender oil in a spray bottle is supposed to deter them from getting on the hair but im not sure Im about to try that when the boys go back to school. I think the whole class needs to be treated too. It makes it hard when you are treating but others are not. Wash hats, pillow slips and spray the back of the seats sounds stupid but that is how I broke the cycle.

Kathy - posted on 07/13/2009

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There is a special product you can buy in stores, but have you gone online to see what products can help? I used to run a bus ministry for 13 years and the first few months I got head lice twice from one particular little girl who liked to lay in my lap (it's doesn't take using hair brushes or combs to contract) it. My head itches just talking about it. Be sure to wash all linens and every article of clothing with very hot water to kill all and you should have a special "nit" come to comb out all the unhatched lice,.

Kristin - posted on 07/12/2009

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call their doctor and get a prescription shampoo the one i used is invermectin. do exactly as it says. spray all furniture and things that cannot be washed in lice spray. put all stuffed animals in an air tight bag and leave them there for 1 week wash all bed linens and also spray carpets. wash bath rugs, linens, clothes that have been worn while they had lice in hot water. soak all hair brushes in clorox. this has always worked for me. Believe me nix and rid does not work

Marie - posted on 07/07/2009

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well being that we are native americn my son has really long hair so when the lice started making the roulds we did the nix treatment first then we got tea tree oil and put a bunch in a spray bottle with water and when i braid his hair everyday we use that the lice hate the smell of the oil worked great for the whole house!!!

Katelan - posted on 06/15/2009

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its gonna sound gross but we had the same problem and my dad told me to boil mayo till its all liquid and put it on their hair and let it sit for 20 minues.. it stinks really bad but works. good luck

Missi - posted on 06/15/2009

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try a preventative treatment!! dilute tea tree in water in a spray bottle about half/half works! then each morning before school just spray it in before you send them to school! head lice dont like it and the kids wont come home with lice!!

Di - posted on 06/13/2009

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I know everyone is going to go 'o noooooo you cant do that' but here goes. Go and get a hair dye that is as close as possible to her natural hair colour and use it on her hair. The lice don't like it and it protects the child like nothing else. It works for about 6 weeks before you have to treat again. You wont get lice again.

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I second (third? fourth?) the recommendation of tea tree oil. One of my girls came home with lice and I got rid of them with 1 treatment. I put mayonaise on her head and covered it with plastic wrap. I left that on for two hours then rinsed it out and nit combed it thoroughly. I found several dead bugs! yuck!! Then I mixed olive oil with tea tree oil (just kind of free handed it until it was really smelly) and put that on her hair overnight. I made sure that all of her linens were changed including blankets and pillows. I washed everything in hot water and did two cycles in the dryer on hot. I washed all of her hair utensils and then put them in a plastic zipper bag for 3 days without opening it. Noboby else in the house got it and I never saw another bug. I did have to comb out nits for a few days but they were old dead ones.

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First thing make sure you did the NIX routine on everyone in the house. All sheets, pillows, clothing washed put in a hot dryer or in plastic bags for 2 weeks to kill anything that might be lingering. Then when you send your daughter to school braid her hair and put hairsrpay it works, my kids had it bad I even had my stepdaughter over at the time and she had it also it was a nightmare but we got through it one hair strand at a time.

Lisa - posted on 05/30/2009

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When my daughter got it I treated it with nix then used almost a whole bottle of strawberry and cream suave conditioner and left it in her hair for about 2 hours....then I rinsed it good and blow dried it...I don't know why but it turned all the eggs white and they really stuck out on her dark hair...I picked them all out then returned her to school the next day on the first try...good luck!

Christy - posted on 04/22/2009

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Continue treatment with lice shampoo. I have 3 children that have went through this, it does get better. For me it seemed once the next school year came around it was better. Also if you don't treat your bed linens and furniture it won't do any good to treat your child. They do make a furniture spray for lice. Lice can not handle extreme heat. If your child can handle after you wash their hair with treatment, blow dry their hair.

Heidi - posted on 04/22/2009

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we use baby oil in there hair over night, then in the morning comb all the bugs out and them wash. this works for us. and for our boy we just shave his head when we find any bugs in his, we even did this to one of our daughters while she was still young.http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/th...

Barby - posted on 04/18/2009

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my cousin's daughter went through that, ever 6 months she had it again.

i'd take my kids out of the school and put them in a school with kids with parents who are going to take care of them. you cant make other people take care of the issue with their kids, thats why it is so bad in some schools, some parents just cant be bothered & it comes into your home.

Crystal - posted on 04/17/2009

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OVIDE, thats the name of a prescription that works like magic!! Kills them as soon as it touches them and also kills the eggs, the main ingredient is pine needle oil! Also to let you know that Lice do like clean hair its the oily and dirtier hair that they do not like, try the Ovide, you will like the results. My elementary school has a NO NIT policy and you know how hard it is to get those nits out!! Hope it works out for you!

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The best I have ever used is tea tree oil mixed with Mayo it will have a cake batter like look coat hair and put a shower cap on leave on for about 1 hr then put the tea tree oil in shampoo.

Crystal - posted on 04/16/2009

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Get the Robi Comb. They sell them at walgreens I believe. My 6 year old had it forever, but she never had the lice for more than a day. There were just tiny little eggs left we couldn't get, but we got every live one with the Robi comb. It was great!

Rosie - posted on 04/16/2009

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My best friend had this issue with the daycare and she finally had to call her doctor and they called in a prescription shampoo that finally got rid of them. She had been sent home about 5 times and couldn't kill them all. She also was told not to wash her daughters hair but to pull it in a ponytail because lice do not like dirty hair. Hope this helps!

Rosie - posted on 04/16/2009

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My best friend had this issue with the daycare and she finally had to call her doctor and they called in a prescription shampoo that finally got rid of them. She had been sent home about 5 times and couldn't kill them all. She also was told not to wash her daughters hair but to pull it in a ponytail because lice do not like dirty hair. Hope this helps!

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we were also told that hair products, gel, mousse, hairspray, deter lice, using gel when combing hair in the morning has worked for us

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Another thing to try is Tea Tree OIl. Put it in existing shampoo or buy the special shampoo. It works amazing at killing lice and keeping them away. 10 drops in bit of shampoo to kill 4 drops in shampoo to keep away.

Candace - posted on 04/14/2009

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ive dealt with that at one school til i changed school sometimes its the ignorance of parents that send children to school with out the actual treatments and careful nit picking out nits and bugs .... and doing the second treat ments



i always tell my girls no sharing hats hair stuff and brushes ...and if u can get the child not to put jackets near someone that can be transfered i had to do that tell teacher unless they treat them and do it to them keep jacckets and make sure my kids didnt put heads to heads when reading or playing that is the worst ... its teaching ur children not to share hair accessories and put head next to person its hard when ur kids are huggy types ...

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