head lice

Lisa - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my two girls, aged 7 and 2, keep coming home with nits. i am doing there hair with a nit comb every night and im still finding them. is there an easier way then the comb.

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Courtneydroberts - posted on 11/11/2013

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I have rad countless articles like this and am so frustrated by the 'easy' advice pp give. We have used nix at least 30 times, cleaned linens daily, used retarded tea trea oil, peppermint, olive oil, mayo, lice ice, lice md. Picked through daily for weeks, yada yada ya....keeps coming back by the next week. Told the school...my daughter has missed weeks of school due to lice. Kept hair in pony tails...u name it. Nothing keeps it gone. Im at my wits end. If she was a boy, I'd just shave it. I don't let the poor thing sit on the couch or get near anything cloth without vacuuming and spraying it. My poor daughter will sit patiently for 2 hours every night while i pick. Here's always more...they don't stop. I am beginning to think they will never ever go away. The first question im going to ask when I die is....where were these bloody things coming from?!?? So frustrated and the advice seems so meaningless as I've tried them all!! Gasoline is the only one i haven't done yet. I guess the worst that could happen is her hair would catch on fire and the problem would be solved until her hair grew back. I am totally kidding...(*maniacle giggle showing the first signs of insanity)

Shanna - posted on 04/24/2010

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you deffinitly need to wash your whole entire house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hot water!!!!!!!!!!!!! also lice can live longer than 1 or 2 hours off of hair. you have to tear apart your whole house and clean it. hope you get rid of it!



there is a spray that you can buy to help clean your house. we use it in our salon if anyone had come in contact and came in..



p.s. never go to a salon if you know you have nits or lice. :)

Jenny - posted on 04/24/2010

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Yes!!!! there is an easier way. Buy a non-toxic lice killing enzyme based shampoo called PeppermintLogic by LiceLogic. You can get it at PeppermintLogic.com. It is all natural, eco-friendly and smells great and will not harm your kids but will harm the lice and nits.

My family swears by it. It makes the comb outs so much easier and more effective. You will have to do the comb outs still as there really is not a product on the market that will take care of the problem without combing. I know some of them claim you do not have to comb out but that is not realistic and is a false claim. I have tried everything and the LiceLogic products are the best. They also have a hot line that you can call to get advice!
goodluck!

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009

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I got lice when we had an outbreak at the preschool where i worked. I never actually saw the bugs in my hair but i kept having nits!! i washed all my clothes and did my hair 2-3 times finally when they checked me at work again, there were still a few in my hair, my boss combed and combed for an hour and then i just had her cut the individual strands of hair with the nits out that finally did it for me it seemed like FOREVER!!

Rebecca - posted on 06/23/2009

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have you tried tea tree oil?

my best friend had the same problem with her daughter a few months back, all she did was put about 5 drops of tea tree oil in the shampoo that her daughter used and every timne her hair was washed they used the one with the tea tree oil in it

it took a few weeks to see results but it did work, also put some tea tree oil in with the laundry when you wash it

Stephanie - posted on 06/20/2009

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AHHHHHHHH!!!!!lol....We first had a couple of my kids get it almost 2 years ago(I have 7 kids!!)and it took 2 MONTHS to rid them!!!So when it came back again about 5/6 months ago i FREAKED!!I mean it really sucked the life and happiness out of me because the only way to get rid of them is to be EXTREMELY TEDIUS about the process!I used to feel sick to my stomach after an hour or more picking and combing!!



I had some left over lice killer(really expensive)and used that and then finished with treatments i found online!It takes a couple of wash/comb out treatments and then daily checks and washing clothes/bedding/coats,vacuuming,(i spray EVERYTHING in the house with tea tree oil).....I do all this everyday for a whole week,and with our 2nd bout it was gone after a wek!So its being tedius and constant which keeps them away!



http://www.myhomeremedies.com/remedy.cgi...



Try the home remedies which work the same...Ive heard that products like RID and those chemical related ones can be cancer causing..

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2009

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We had foster kiddos once that came to us with WORST case of lice I have ever seen (I'm a former kinder teacher and have seen it plenty)!!! What finally worked for us was a special treatment called LICE ICE. We could only get it at one specialty pharmacy, but really it worked!!! It is sort of like hair gel and you actually apply it and leave it in and then the lice and the eggs get smothered. The thickness of it helps with combing with the nit comb too. My foster daughter would wear it to school, we'd use it like styling gel and her friends were non the wiser! ;-) We now keep it around as being foster parents we never know!

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P.S.S. I just read the post by Kerri Anderson and I have to disagree with the part where she said not to wash sheets and bedding. I've had waist length hair my entire life and have had lice many, many times. When I was in school, if someone had it and came anywhere near me, I got it. I used to get it at least twice per school year. If you don't wash the bedding, it will not go away. Trust me. It's not difficult to wash sheets and spray down a mattress.....that is a step I would not recommend you skip. No offense intended Kerri....I just have a TON of experience with these pesky little bugs!

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Clean and sanitize the entire house, bedding, furniture, floors....everything.....EVERYTHING. If it can be washed, use hot water. Go buy a lice removal kit for each member of the family. The kits should have the lice shampoo that kills bugs and eggs, conditioner, a comb, and furniture spray. Use the spray on your couches and carpet and your mattresses and box springs....basically use the spray on anything fabric that can't be put in the washer. Wash everyone's hair and use the conditioner and comb....make a night out of it. I would do the hair after you've already cleaned everything else. Keep your hair in a bun or braided while you're cleaning. Then immediately do everyone's hair. Just to be on the safe side, for the first week after, still go through everyone's head once a day after showers and check for any nits you may have missed. We had it a few years back from babysitting a friend's daughter and this is how we did it. It was gone and never came back. The only "good thing" about getting lice? You will have a SUPER CLEAN house afterwards lol Good luck :) P.S. The kits can be expensive ($15-20 depending on the brand) but they are worth it and you won't be having to go through your daughter's hair every night like you do now.

Kerri - posted on 06/17/2009

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I was watching a show today and they said that the best thing to get lice out is to lather the hair u with conditioner and then use a lice comb to get them out. The conditioner is too thick for them to move and so it is easier to get them out. It's best to do everyones hair in the household at once. Also the show said that lice can only survive for an hour or two out of hair as they constantly need food and so there is no need to wash sheets and bedding etc. I know its hard to get rid of them and even harder when you do your own kids hair but other people at their school or daycare don't and so you just keep getting them back but just keep being persistent. Good luck

Veronica - posted on 06/16/2009

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I also want to add that you yourself and everyone else in the household (besides your two daughters) needs to use the lice shampoo too - you or anyone else may have eggs in your own hair that could be continuing the invasion.

Amber - posted on 06/16/2009

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You need to make sure you are washing everything in hot hot water and replace pillows and they also make a shampoo to help rid the hair of lice

Veronica - posted on 06/16/2009

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Make sure you scrub and clean your entire house, and wash all things with pure hot water (clothes, bedding etc.) and you'll want to rent or use a carpet/upholstery cleaner as well - i dont know anything other than the nit comb for personal - but the whole house has to be quarentined too! Good luck, as this is a battle! My aunt has four kids who got it, after she scrubbed the house down and washed clothes, bedding and everything in site - they came home with lice again!! She then scrubbed the house again top to bottom, furniture, clothes and everything pure hot water -- and then they were finally gone.

Veronica - posted on 06/16/2009

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Make sure you scrub and clean your entire house, and wash all things with pure hot water (clothes, bedding etc.) and you'll want to rent or use a carpet/upholstery cleaner as well - i dont know anything other than the nit comb for personal - but the whole house has to be quarentined too! Good luck, as this is a battle! My aunt has four kids who got it, after she scrubbed the house down and washed clothes, bedding and everything in site - they came home with lice again!! She then scrubbed the house again top to bottom, furniture, clothes and everything pure hot water -- and then they were finally gone.

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