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.
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!
Mayonnaise works just as well and is cheaper and easier. Here is the link. https://www.google.com/#q=mayonnaise+lice
That was smart. I raised only two children. My best friend raised 5 and she has taught me so much. I'm always asking her where she learned something or how did you think of that, what can I use so and so far. Her comment was always "when you raised 5 kids you had to stretch, make do and think out of the box". She can make more meals out of one whole chicken more than anyone I know.
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.
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
I think tea tree oil is the most used product in my medicine cabinet. I continually find more things to use it on. I've also heard so many good things about coconut oil, which I've just bought and can hardly wait to start using.
Wish I'd known about this a few years back. I ended up shaving my children's heads... my daughters looked like Sinead O'Connor that summer.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
How do you remove the nits from a child's hair? Please let me know.
How do I treat or find head lice?
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).
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! :>)
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
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.
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!
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
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.
I have had them before and now I do again. It is so frustrating. My scalp really hurts when I scratch it. It bleeds and I am concerned I will get an infection. I tried the treatment, but it did not work. Please help.
Headlice are a pain, but go to the doc and get a prescription for the stronger NIX they will write for you, also make sure it is not something else like an allergy or a dermatitis problem.
Other than that, here is a way I got rid of lice from my girls who got it from an extracurricular activity: It is very simple. For the next 3 weeks, every time you shampoo you hair in the tub or shower, use Dawn first and let it sit about 3 minutes and rinse it out.
The most important thing is to have a metal lice comb. Flea combs are too large and the plastic ones they give you in the products you buy are not good or effective. I would buy about 4 lice combs and put them in each room with a roll of toilet paper and a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. Then when you comb out your hair, and you don't really have to comb all the way down since they will be within two inches of the scalp, I do because it makes my hair look prettier. This way anytime you want and about three times a day anyway, comb through your hair with it and get those little suckers.
For the treatment time, I used the lice comb everyday about 4 times and then an extra 6 times. I bought one that had a magnifying glass on it. Every time you go into the bathroom, comb through your hair with a lice comb. You can have a little bowl of soapy water, and you will be able to see the lice and nits come out. Each time you think of your hair or each time you have an itch. Lice comb your hair. I actually like these combs, they are great.
With repeated shampoos with Dawn, letting it sit for 2 minutes or so, shampooing with regular shampoo and lice combing 6 or 7 times a day for three weeks or so should do it.
I would wash all my clothes and bedsheets and whatever with Dawn, and spray with rubbing alcohol everything else you are near.
The main thing in treating lice is not the stuff you put on the hair to kill lice, it is combing them out, both the lice and the nits. Hope this helps. (12/15/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Prescriptions can be dangerous to use over and over. When our grandchildren had lice, we covered hair in mayonnaise, then covered with shower cap for 4 hours or overnight. Then we washed and rinsed in vinegar. Then use the nit comb to comb out dead lice. Keep doing this until the lice are completely gone. After lice are gone wash hair every day or every 2 days and use blow dryer to keep lice free. It's a bit of work, but there is no easy way to get rid of lice. (12/16/2009)
Well, when I was a kid my mom put tea tree oil on it. It really works. They hate the smell and will leave within days.
The best and healthiest thing to do is smother your head in conditioner and then comb your hair out with a thin-toothed comb. (12/18/2009)
First of all, not only do you have head lice, so does your: hairbrush, pillow, winter coat collar, couch cushions, carpet, snuggie blanket, bedding, mattress, bed blankets, bath towels, hat, toboggan, scrunchies, and possibly your cell phone cover, get the picture?
Secondly, do not wait the ten days the package says before re-treating your hair. They will already be on round #2 by then. Retreat your hair at seven days, for about three weeks. While the solution is in your hair, brush through with your hairbrush or comb, and let the solution sit in the brush while you treat your hair.
Also, steady comb through with the nit comb while the solution is in. Not like normal combing, but pull the section straight out from your head, lay the nit comb flat against your scalp, and push it up against the hair as you go straight out from your head.
Now, the lawn and garden center has a concentrate by Ortho and other manufacturers for aphids on roses, this stuff is exactly the same stuff that is in your lice shampoo. Wash everything that has come into contact with your head. Take the couch cushion covers off and wash them with detergent and the aphid solution, seal the foam rubber cushions in large lawn and leaf bags, and then put the clean covers back on over the cushions. Same with throw pillows, bed pillows, coats, scarves, etc. Put the aphid solution in your carpet shampooer and have at it.
Don't forget your car interior, if it is cloth, put plastic bags over the seats and head rests for at least two weeks. Lice can't live long unless they can feed. Then check the kids, their friend's heads, and anyone else who may be re-introducing the lice back into the house.
I know all of this may seem extreme, but when our six children were little and lice shampoo had to be bought out of pocket, they all decided to play lice merry-go-round, and this is how I stopped it, once and for all.
Anything less, and your are wasting your time and money-they will come back. Good luck (12/20/2009)
I am using baby oil right now. it makes the nits suffocate and they can't hold on to your hair and the bugs can't either. (03/25/2010)
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