How can you get on top of nits??

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Hanna - posted on 01/28/2009

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As a child, i had a very sensitive scalp, so vinegar made it dry & full of dandruff. we used eucalyptus oil, tea-tree oil & non-fat plain yogurt hair masks once a week -- mom just used to put it on, put a towel/paper towel over it & a shower cap and let us walk around with it for about 30 minutes or so. apparently they hate everything sour so what it did was kill everything, but also re-hydrated our scalp & we all had healthy hair from it. it's also not as intense as the oils & the vinegar. and as someone said before me, definitely treat all the soft surfaces in the house -- pillows, couches, blankets as well as wool clothes if your child wears any.

and i definitely would complain to the school if they're not doing anything about it -- get parents organized or complain to a principle. i'm sure they don't want health inspectors on premises -- if they're ignoring the problem, that is a good reason to call one. good luck to you!

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Paula - posted on 02/02/2009

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I have heard that the nit treatment shampoo will remove the nits from your child's hair, but unless every child in the class (if in school) has been treated, there is a high chance the nits will reappear.  You should treat whole family, the nit shampoo will fade out any colour you may have you may have in your hair. 



I washed my son's hair, then put double quantity of conditioner on, then combed through his hair with metal nit comb (boots - about £10).  Every time you comb through wipe away any excess conditioner.  You'll see the nits in the conditioner on the comb.  I comb his hair every which way I could.  The following night I combed through his hair and found only 2.  After that, I haven't found another nit.  I did this for 2 weeks.  My little boy was glad that mummy got rid of them though.

Ronelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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A Robi comb, have not tried it yet, but heard it works really well! It has a electrical current (humans cannot feel it) that shocks and kills the lice, comes with a really fine comb that can actually comb the nits out. The plastic combs that you buy at the pharmacy is pretty useless! Hopes this helps?

Pam - posted on 01/28/2009

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This is a 100 percent way of getting rid of lice and nits and is less damaging to hair, especially childrens. But has to be done at least 3 times at intervals of one week to break the life cycle. In the facial /lotion section of your market , there is a facial soap called cetaphil, it is a liquid soap. You saturate the hai, and i mean saturate , especially at the roots. comb out excess , and blow dry the hair with the residue of the soap on , it acts like a shrink wrap and suffocates them , which in turn will mean that they cannot reproduce, thus the need to repeat , so no reproduction can take place . Do not wash hair for 2 days and repeat at one week . Has worked for me everytime!

Stephanie - posted on 01/28/2009

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The only way to get rid of nits is pick them out one by one. My daughter had lice 4 times in 2nd grade I tried all the lice treatments I finally came up with my own. Cetaphil face wash with vinegar mixed in a spray bottle spray all over head and cover in a shower cap and let them sleep overnight then when they get up wash it out and pick out the nits. i then would blow dry my daughters hair to kill anything else.I then checked it every night picking out the nits it gets less and less. you killed the eggs with the treatment so there should be no hatching. It is a pain in the but but we never got them again.

Nia - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Charlotte:

How can you get on top of nits??



Hi my children went through a time of constantly having nits then i started to put tea tree oil in the bath so when they washed there hair the tea tree would be be washed through and then i used tea tree shampoo and conditioner, and i also invested in a elcetric comb as i did not like useing all these strong shampoo on there head luckly dont seem to have a problem now! touch wood. 





 

Alexandra - posted on 01/28/2009

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when i was younger i had the same problem. and my mom did that with me, when i was in the 6th grade we finaly came to the decision to dye my hair cause the amonia from hair dye was out loast solution. and make sure to wash the hats coats bed sheet and everything else very well cause they live in there to

Charlotte - posted on 01/28/2009

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Thank you all - Shall go and get some tea tee oil today!! - I think that they really should bring back the nit nurse in schools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leea - posted on 01/28/2009

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I'm having the same issue with my two year old daughter. It seems that no matter how many times I tell her daycare, they won't act on it! Ive found I've been able to dramatically decrease the size of infestation though by only washing her hair twice a week and using a tea tree oil spray on her tied up hair on daycare days. I treated her first  large infestation by smothering her hair in conditioner and leaving it for an hour or so.  Then I rinsed that out and combed and hand-picked as many lice & eggs out as I could. Anything I missed I zapped with the hair straightner.  Since then, I check her hair everyday, especially after daycare, and remove by hand what I find, which is not normally alot, and zap whatever is missed with the hair straightner once a week.  Hope this helps!

Anita - posted on 01/28/2009

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Soak the head in vinegar for a while with a bag on top gets rid of the nits then take each egg out as they are loosened from the vinegar. Also buy pure tea tree oil and add to shampoo a few drops every time you wash the hair as a preventative. Check out these sites...best I know...my friend Dawn runs the company and with her help I havent had lice problems in years!  :  )



http://www.licesquad.com/



http://www.nitpickers.com.au/index.php

Rebekah - posted on 01/28/2009

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well i try to use stuff that is full of natural active ingredients, but powerful ones... vinegar is a good one but not only do nits hate it, it can be too much for some kids. The smell is a bit too overpowering even for me. I have used (diluted in as hot a water as possible 1:6-7) tea tree oil (on it's own or with eucalyptus oil as well) and a dash of lavender to make it less of an overpowering smell. It is a home remedy but it has worked for me countless times as child and for my own kids. Also the other thing that is imperative is to treat the whole family, wash all clothes and linen thoroughly, (adding a little bit of tea tree oil and or eucalyptus oil doesn't go astray...) and also vacuming and or even shampooing couches, matresses and just making sure that you've covered everything and every fabric surface (even carpet) that anyone that had nits came in contact with.
It is a inconvenience to say the very least, when someone in your family contracts the little buggers, but if you are thorough enough about it, you CAN get right on top of them and STAMP them right out of your house!
p.s. something I always to to make sure I have SOME preventative measure for my little girl, is I always put her hair in two plaits on a daily basis when she is going to be in contact with other kids. It does not stop it from happening all together, but it does, somewhat, prevent it for a while... I have found ^_^

Christine - posted on 01/28/2009

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Tree tea oil in your shampoo is a good way of keeping them away. Just a few drops in the shampoo bottle will do teh trick. Also dont wash your childs hair everyday. let it go a day, Nits hate dirty hair.  

Lisa - posted on 01/28/2009

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The only way i found worked, was to pain stakingly pull each egg out of my daughters waist length hair. It took hours but worked. I treated first with a chemicl that i hadn't previously used as i was also finding the nits seemed to be becoming immune to the products. Have also used tea tree oil/conditioner watered down in a water bottle to dampen hair then tie.

Charlotte - posted on 01/28/2009

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Thanks - I've tried everything, the minute the kids seem to be free of them we're back to square one - though I didn't know about vinegar!!!!!

Alexandra - posted on 01/28/2009

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buy a shampoo that smells like tar it works pretty well, or use vinegar that works also they hate the smell

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