Does anybody know what caused the lice???

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Amy - posted on 10/20/2011

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My daughter just started school this year...and we got a letter saying that a student in her class has head lice. So I went on a search of treating/preventing it. I found out that head lice don't like Tea Tree Oil. All you have to do is put 12-15 drops in a regular size shampoo bottle (with your reg shampoo), give it a good shake, and wash your hair like you regularly would. And so far so good, no head lice :D. Its also suppose to be good for dry scalp, and can clean the build up of hair products (hair spray/gel) from your hair. Its something worth looking into, and it can also be used to tread head lice too....and its cheaper than the chemical stuff. Hope this helps :D

Ruth - posted on 10/19/2011

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If items aren't washable, you can run them through a hot dryer for a cycle, and brushes, combs, and other items that come in contact with the head need to be either boiled or run through the dishwasher. A lice shampoo and going over the hair with a nit comb for about a week afterwards are what's needed to get rid of them. Keep an eye out for a few months afterward, especially if you're not sure where the original infestation came from, because they can get lice again. I had lice several times as a teenager because a younger sibling brought it home.

To repeat what other commenters have said, lice DOES NOT mean the child is dirty, or has questionable hygiene habits.

Shannon - posted on 10/19/2011

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I see poeple have said it doesn't matter if you're clean or not, that's good. It's also parasite and can live for up to a week (i think) on clothing/bedding, so everything has to be washed that the child comes into contact with in hot water with each infestation the child gets. (that's probably where the cleanlines thing came from in the first place)

Rina - posted on 10/18/2011

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Guys, thank you so much for the information. It really helpful and ease me up a little bit here.

Tamara - posted on 10/18/2011

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I heard that people who have oily or less clean hair have a harder chance of getting it since the lice have a harder time to hold on it it. From our family Doctor.

Jane - posted on 10/18/2011

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Does your child go to school? My brother's granddaughter got lice from her school 6 times before they finally figured out that it was from the original kid with lice lying down on the read-aloud rug, where nits from his head landed an were picked up by other kids lying down on the rug.

Jodi - posted on 10/18/2011

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As Michelle said, lice aren't caused by cleanliness or lack thereof. Your son will only get lice from his friend IF his friend has them, and his friend can only get them IF he is exposed to someone else who has them. The lice will remain until they are treated, but nothing *causes* them other than contact with someone who has them. Does his friend actually HAVE head lice or are you just thinking he might because he is dirty?

Michelle - posted on 10/18/2011

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Lice are not caused by being unclean or not showering. That is in fact an old wives tale. The truth is it can get anyone who is exposed regardless. It doesn't get everyone but it can.

Rina - posted on 10/18/2011

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I understand that....I still didn't get the answer on how that person can get the lice? Do you think that's because that person doesn't like to take shower? My son's friend doesn't like to take shower even after lots of activities. I don't know what to say to him or what to do with him when he came over to my house. I'm afraid he has head lice.

Jodi - posted on 10/18/2011

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If your child has headlice, they have been exposed to someone who has them......

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