By Jen R.
Head lice are a pain, we used to live in the tropics where they are a constant issue in the humidity. The university up there discovered that if you apply conditioner (any cheap stuff from your local supermarket will do) onto DRY scalp and hair, gently massage it in so it thoroughly smothers the entire scalp, cover with a plastic shower cap and leave for about 20 to 30 minutes before combing out with nit comb, then washing with ordinary shampoo and let dry.
Apparently when you apply the conditioner to dry hair it "suffocates" them. The nit shampoos were so toxic and so expensive that my local chemist told me about this treatment and it really worked for my kids & me.
In the end it was so effective and safe I just did this once a week, as it was easy, kept control of the nits and a bonus was that our hair was always soft and shiny! Also after a few applications all those white bits stuck on the hair shaft came off too. The other thing I found was a drop or two of tea tree oil massaged into the scalp was good to soothe the itchiness and help prevent any new infestations.
If her friend has/had head lice just keep your daughter from playing/seeing her till she get rid of them. Don't treat her like its her fault that her friend has nits couse its not and theres nothing you can do.
Just wash all the bed linning each day and replace them each day. Turn over mattress and vacum them every second day. Dose your heads in stink free, grease free nit stuff and send them on there way. Check heads before they go to school, after and before they go to bed and dose when you check. Vaccuum all the time, wash toys after there finish with them and be calm. If they are going to get them there going to get them and it dosent matter how you try to stop them it aint going to work so stop trying.
Jen wash everything in hot water. I work in a daycare and we have a summer program for school age kids and we are going through this now. There is a shampoo out now that can be used to prevent lice on kids who have been around someone who has head lice. I would go get it and use it. First time in almost 18 years that we have had several girls get lice. We have not had it much in the past but the few cases we did only one child would have it.
Tigertame4 I don't know were you live but here kids are sent home from school if they have head lice but may return when they have been treated. Head lice is just a pain because you have to treat everything that that child has come in contact with including carpet. Carpets if child has laid on them needs to be steam cleaned! Stuffed animals can be put in dark bags and put in a dark room for 24 hours if you can't wash them.
Jen, I work in daycare who has a summer program for school age kids and we have been going through this. There is a shampoo out now that will prevent kids from getting lice if exposed to it. I would go get it just to be safe. Also make sure everything is washed in hot water this information was giving to us from a doctor.Tigertame4 I don't know where you are at but here kids are sent home when they are discovered with lice. After they have been treated they can come back. We have never had head lice to spread to other kids until this year. First time in almost 18 years that we have had several girls come down with head lice, not at the same time but week or more apart from each other.
The latest Lice info is really not to worry about it. Used to be kids with lice are sent home from school, now they are not. Your daughter should be fine, let her play, keep checking for lice and relax. I supervised a group home for years and we had 12 girls, every now an then a girl would come who had lice. We treated her and bagged up stuffed animals for a few days. We NEVER had the lice spread to the other girls even though they lived in the same house and shared bedrooms. We did a couple of times get girls with resistant lice who were treated eventually with Malathion (a really strong chemical). Even those girls' lice never spread to the others and these girls had their lice for months.
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