Getting Rid of Head Lice

It is not uncommon for children to get head lice at school. Not only do you have to get rid of the lice in their hair, you also need to make sure you get rid of any lice in your house. This is a guide about getting rid of head lice.

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February 4, 2014 Flag
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I brought up 5 children and when one got lice, they all got lice. It is not a very funny subject in that you have to wash and dry everything in the house. The medication is not really great so I used hair dye on them. Each child's hair was dyed the same color it was before they had lice. I found the hair coloring killed the lice better than any prescription medication ever did.

Boy, was I thankful when they got older and there were no more lice infestations!

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    May 20, 2010 Flag
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    When my kids were young, head lice plagued the school system and my long haired children. My kids are Hispanic and Native American so cutting the hair was out of the question. I do not use chemicals and stories about them not working, costing a fortune, and causing damage just reinforced my choice not to go that route.

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    Tea tree oil is a popular homeopathic deterrent, and coconut shampoo and conditioner is also recommended. Always treat bedding, mattress, stuffed animals and winter coats and hats/scarves. Things that can go into the dryer -DO IT. Bag stuffed animals, because the dryer can ruin beautiful materials the toys are made of.

    I am not fond of tea tree oil's smell especially when you send your child to school smelling like a medicine chest. I used cinnamon oil to improve the smell. Always mix only 2 drops into a quart of water. Never make it stronger or cinnamon oil will irritate skin. But I found that a light mist on the hair and spritzing the coats and hats eliminated the head lice plague!

    Of course, use caution! I think food grade cinnamon powder would also work. Dust items in a garbage bag, sparingly and mix some in hot water for the spray bottle.

    Compared to expensive and caustic chemicals, it works fantastically. Very inexpensive, very effective, and very Natural. The bottle of cinnamon oil did my kids for years and I shared it with others plagued by the insects. No one ever complained about the smell.

    Between occurrences use coconut shampoo and conditioner and continue to maintain the bedding, pillows, and stuffed animals. You may never hear the words "head lice" again.

    By Linda from Flint, MI

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    March 13, 2013 Flag
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    My granddaughter has head lice. She goes to school after using different medications, prescribed and over the counter. She appears to be free of lice, but come home again with lice. What is the best treatment and why is she not getting rid of the lice?

    By JM from WVA

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    March 14, 20130 found this helpful

    Please do not fool around with lye soap or mayonnaise. Go to the druggist and get his advice on the best product to use as shampoo. There is also a spray you can use for things like headphones. Freezing also kills the lice. But you must do the clean-up as the other posters have suggested, and do realize that you child may become re-infected as some people simply don't care and their children will continually re-infect yours.

    Short hair is less likely to pick-up the lice. In my experience as a teacher, the little girls with the long beautiful curls were more likely to get head lice than the little boys with very short hair. For long hair, braids or pony tails, at least , are helpful. Head to head contact is one way that lice are spread amongst small children.

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    March 14, 20130 found this helpful

    Smother the hair thickly with hair conditioner and comb through with a nit comb. Then wash the hair as usual. I didn't want to use harsh chemicals and this worked for my kids. Check every night and keep the comb handy, unless the source (the feckless Mum) is treated they will be re-infested.And short hair is easier to deal with.

    Marg from England.

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    March 15, 20130 found this helpful

    My granddaughter came to visit and brought a whole head full of friends. I immediately took her in the backyard (since she had long hair) I cut her hair. Then I took her in the bathroom and doust her entire head with Vegtable Oil. I then took seran paper and comletely covered her entire head. After the seran paper I took the hair blower and blew hot air over the seran paper. We then covered her head with a towel to keep her head warm. About four hours later I removed everything and all dead lice were stuck on the seran paper. I then put her in the shower and washed her hair throughly. BINGO never saw another lice in her hair after that treatment. Good Luck

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    March 13, 2012 Flag
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    My granddaughter keeps coming home from daycare with head lice. I have done the spray and wash everything in hot water. Any other solutions? This doesn't seem to work.
    Thanks.

    By Jan

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    March 15, 20120 found this helpful

    Sorry to be so blunt but unless you remove her from that particular daycare, you aren't going to get rid of them. It's not fair that she should be going through all this hassle when it's not her fault.

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    March 15, 20120 found this helpful

    Go to your drug store and get the proper delousing supplies. You can't get rid of them with mayonnaise and other home remedies. Lice like clean hair even better than dirty hair, so you must use the proper shampoos to get rid of the lice. Then you have to delouse the house and clothes.

    I agree that you may have to speak to the people at the daycare about the problem if there is continual re-infestation.

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    March 16, 20120 found this helpful

    Three things:

    1) Naptime mats need to be replaced at the daycare,if there are any,as well as cubbies,or other storage bins where overcoats and scarves would be stored (turn the daycare onto tip #3, below).

    2)And secondly,if your couch cushions will unzip,take them out,wash the fabric part,and put the foam rubber part inside two huge lawn and leaf bags and leave them there for at least two weeks. Same thing for any pillows it would be safe to cover with garbage bags. As long as they cannot feed for two weeks, they will die out.

    3) Go to your garden center at walmart or wherever and look for spray for aphids on roses. it contains the same pyrethrins for 2.99 as the 12.99 lice sprays. The pyrethrins are derived from chrysanthemums, so they are safe for use around the children. I washed coats, cushion covers,pillows, towels-you name it,with the Aphid spray and hot water,and rented a carpet cleaner and used the Aphid spray in the solution tank. Problem solved !

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    December 3, 2011 Flag
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    How do you remove the nits from a child's hair? Please let me know.

    By Drakesmom

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    December 6, 20110 found this helpful

    If you google Mayonaise for Lice Removal, you will find people who will never use anything else.

    Here is a link.

    Hope it helps.

    http://www.licetokill.com/mayonnaise-lice-treatment/

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    December 15, 20110 found this helpful

    I would not try home remedies. If these things worked, people would not have had head lice when my mother was a child, when the remedy was kerosene. Use products from the drug store. Of course, these things are toxic, as the head lice are living things that you are poisoning. But there is no other way to do it. I see there is now a teetree oil product on the shelves at my local drugstore, so that may not be as harsh.

    The comb that is used for nit removal is essential to the whole process, You must use that on your child's hair.

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    July 15, 20130 found this helpful

    From everything I've read and experienced, no lice remedy gets rid of nits. They absolutely have to be combed out. We bought the Lice Terminator comb on Amazon and it works 100% better than any other lice comb we've tried. It has metal teeth with little grooves and it works great for removing nits and even smaller live lice.

    We've used listerine, olive oil and mayo to kill lice and they all work well. The real issue is getting the other adults in your life to be as vigilant about checking their kid's heads as you are. Our daughter will go weeks or even a month without any sign of lice and then suddenly she'll spend a night away from home and come back with them.

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    September 16, 2011 Flag
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    As a preschool teacher, I have heard (and tried!) many tips for getting rid of lice, the back-to-school bane of every school. The best and cheapest one is to use mayonnaise. Not only do you get rid of the bugs and their eggs, but you also give yourself (and/or your child) a hot oil and egg hair treatment.

    Apply a glob of the cheapest mayo you can find (adjust the amount for hair length) and comb it thoroughly thru the hair, from scalp down the hair shaft, making sure to cover all the hair. Wrap with plastic food wrap or tie a plastic shopping bag around your head as you would do if you had washed it. Wrap with a towel to catch the drips as it "melts" into your hair, and find a good book or movie for a while. (My granddaughter and I watched a Disney movie.) Remove the towel and plastic wrap and comb the hair again.

    Depending on how bad the infestation was, you will see bugs and eggs in the comb. Thoroughly wash your hair (I did nothing special, just used my regular shampoo). My hair was past my waist in length, and my g-daughter's was almost waist-length. No bugs, no eggs!

    Source: The many parents who recommended tea tree oil, vegetable shortening, and mayo (my fave!)

    By Trenna from KY

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    April 15, 2010 Flag
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    How do I treat or find head lice?

    By Melissa

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    April 18, 20100 found this helpful

    There is a shampoo that the doctor can prescribe to you. Also make sure that you wash your bedding and anyone else that has long hair in the house should also take preventative measures, since they jump from head to head.

    The "mother lice" is a black small odd shaped thing (that you may never see, since it moves around) and lays clear eggs at the scalp of the head. Since the eggs are clear, they are difficult to see, but not impossible. If you find one egg, it is more than likely there will be other eggs in that same area. The way to kill the eggs is to pop the eggs in between your fingers (you will definitely hear them crack).

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    July 27, 20100 found this helpful

    I tried many ways and finally found the method! Denorex shampoo. Make sure it is the one with coal tar in it. It stinks but it does the trick. Even rids nits without combing. About 7 dollars at Walmart, if not found there, buy at Walgreen's. Worth every penny! You will get wonderful relief and be so thankful for this stuff!

    Google this shampoo and you will get wonderful testimonies from others who tried everything before and couldn't solve the problem until they discovered Denorex!

    I'm out to spread the word! :>)

    Linda

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    October 27, 20100 found this helpful

    My 3 daughters and I had lice not long ago. It was a nightmare! I finally took them to a lice specialist and paid lots of money, but in 2 hours they did what I had been trying to do for 5 days. You don't need to spend all the money I did, though. The key is to find the right lice comb. The cheap plastic ones in the drugstore kits are worthless. The Terminator or Licemeister work wonders! We had such a bad outbreak at the school and nothing was working for anyone. Even our principal and her daughter got it. But everyone who got the Terminator was back to school in a day or two, with no nits, while those who didn't were gone for almost a week. You can find these combs online or at some kids salons. They aren't cheap, but it's cheaper than the money I spent tryng everything else.

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    January 23, 2010 Flag
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    Does mayonnaise kill lice?

    By Shari from Wichita, KS

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    January 28, 20100 found this helpful

    Yes, so does babyoil, vasaline, brille cream , vo5 in the tube. You still have to comb it to get the eggs out. Anything with a oil or grease in it.

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    January 28, 20100 found this helpful

    My daughter has extremely thick, long hair. We really did not want to fight with mayo along with lice. After some research, we found using LISTERINE (store brand) works best. You can use it every night (we did it every 2-3 nights to make sure the life cycle was definitely interrupted).

    Saturate the head with listerine (we used a spray bottle). Wrap the hair in plastic wrap, then put a towel or shower cap around it to hold in place. In an hour or two, wash it out in the shower. We also use Suave (cheap) coconut conditioner to comb that thick hair out.

    For nits (if it's progressed that far), vinegar (like in mayo) loosens that super-glue like hold. Kill them with listerine, then rinse with vinegar (okay, use the coconut conditioner before the vinegar so you can get that tiny nit comb through thick hair). To wipe nits off the nit comb, spray with a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol.

    It makes you feel better to know you're wiping the eggs off on a tissue rather than back into the hair! I was able to do my own hair as a precaution (with no help from anyone to do the combing) by using this method.

    I was so bug-a-phobic for a while that we saturated and wrapped our hair every Saturday night for a few months, just to make sure we really had them gone. This worked wonderfully.

    We still use the coconut conditioner, just because they don't like that smell--why crawl on a smell you don't prefer? Also, if there is an outbreak at school, keep little girls' hair in ponytails! Also, saturate and wrap anytime you hear a rumor of those bugs! It's that easy, and no pesticides! Thanks for letting me share!

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    August 24, 2009 Flag
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    I found head lice on my granddaughter when she came to visit. How do I clean my microfiber couch and loveseat to make sure they are not on them?

    By idahome2001 from Meridian, ID

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    August 26, 20090 found this helpful

    Lice need food to live, so they don't stay long on non-living surfaces.

    How hard is it to kill lice on furniture?: Off of the body, lice can only survive for a day or two. Nits that hatch will die if they don't find food within hours. This means de-lousing furniture is easier than delousing a person. Regular lice sprays should have no trouble keeping your furniture lice free.

    This is taken directly from this link...which is cool by the way.

    http://www.shopinprivate.com/headlicefaq.html

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    August 26, 20090 found this helpful

    We had head lice in our house a few years back. We just vacuumed the furniture everyday (at first) and then every few days and so on until my daughters problem was cleared up. Plus she was banned from sitting on the couch until then. PoorbutProud is right that the lice don't like to be on non-living surfaces and that it is easier to delouse furniture than people. Good luck!

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    November 23, 2005 Flag
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    My sister and niece have lice. My sister has taken her daughter to the Doctor. He told them to get Rid. They couldn't find it at the drugstore but they did find Nix. They used it and did everything they were told and It didn't work.

    My sister called the Doctor back and was told to saturate both of their heads with mayonaise and leave it on for 8 hrs. They did that and for almost a week they thought they were gone. They hadn't seen any until today. The Doctor prescribed something called Ovine.

    With the insurance they have the meds were still going to cost $123.00 and that was just for my nieces head. They don't have much money right now and $123.00 to her may as well be a million. Please, if anyone knows anything that will work I would love the feedback.

    They were supposed to come to my house for Thanksgiving because they didn't have anything but now with the lice I can't take a chance of anyone else getting them. My niece is 2. Thank you so much!

    Beverly from Louisville, KY

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    August 6, 20150 found this helpful

    Just repeat what you did with mayo if it seemed to work for a week. Even Rid and Nix have to be repeated in 7-10 days in case missed nits have hatched or perhaps nits that were on other surfaces. Just persist in what works and use a comb on them. No need to cancel Thanksgiving. It isn't that big of a deal.

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    June 22, 2010 Flag
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    My sister and niece have lice. My sister has taken her daughter to the Doctor. He told them to get Rid. They couldn't find it at the drugstore but they did find Nix. They used it and did everything they were told and It didn't work.

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