head lice

Jamie - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Any magic or secret non-chemical solutions for dealing with head lice? We are in the midst of our second bout in less than a month.

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Hayley - posted on 03/19/2009

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I had this problem only last week. Cover the dry hair in conditioner and comb with a fine tooth head lice comb. Head lice can't jump or fly so they crawl from head to head. You only need to wash the pillow case as head licecan only survive for up to 8hrs if away from the scalp (because they need the blood to feed on regularly).

User - posted on 03/19/2009

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I have had to deal with lice a few times and its not pretty. I have been told  that any kind of cream should work on the live lice....mayo, hair conditioner, butter that sort of thing but I use the lice shampoos you find in drug stores. But any of these things only kill the live ones. The only way to get rid of the eggs is to nit pick yourself. Now if you have a boy the quickest way is to shave their head but that doesn't work if you have a girl. What I have learnt is there is some hair gels on the market that give you temp. color. I know walmart sells one kind that is blue, red or gold (it washes out) If you get the blue (shows up best) put it in the hair for about an hour and then wash it out. Apparently the nits will absorb the color which will make it easier for you to see.



When you are treating the home the first thing to do is take anything that is fabric and not needed on a daily basis (stuffed toys etc) and put it in garbage bags for 2 weeks. All other fabrics should be washed...bedding, clothes etc. Anything that can't go in the wash can be put in the dryer on high heat for 1/2 hour. As for couches and other big items a good vaccuum should do it or ask at the drug store for a chemical spray (can't remember the name of it) Its a spray that you put on the furniture, let dry  and vaccuum.  With all these treatments I have managed to clear lice up pretty quickly before spreading.



Hope this helps and good luck.

Darci - posted on 03/19/2009

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Try low fat mayo. Put it on dry hair for 20 minutes, then rinse with water. We did this after trying numerous chemical treatments and it seemed to help. Also, make sure that you're treating all areas that they've been in contact with. Including the vehicles and carseats...a lot of people forget about that!

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