I used Dawn soap on my granddaughter's head, bagged it for about 15 minutes and combed them suckers right out. Dead, dead, dead. Then I used a good conditioner like Pantene,. Now we have no hair damage, a huge savings in the cost of treatment, and a child who is not feeling bad about the situation.
I took her back to school within the hour and they said that she could not be 'clean' but after they looked, they knew it worked!
By Nicelady2k from Galesburg, IL
I can't wait to tell my daughter about this one! What a nightmare. My sweet granddaughter has lived this nightmare over and over. She has the silkiest hair and the doctors tell us that lice loves this stuff and that we keep her hair too clean (another thing they love). We have spent hours combing and washing everything in the house. Not to mention how expensive (even doctor visits). Nothing like I have ever experienced before - we all get a sick feeling if we see her innocently scratch now. Now maybe we can let her hair grow and she can wear pig tails instead of keeping it in a short bob.
My daughter has problems with one of her children with head lice. She hates using the chemical cure once a month for this. Would normal cooking oil work and smother them?
Sandie from Cape Coral, FL
Good Luck (04/03/2006)
By Cheryl from Missouri
Like the others wrote, remember to sanitize all her bedding, clothing and bookbag/purse, just in case a beastie is lurking. (04/03/2006)
By TC in MO
Head lice are a human parasite therefore will not survive off of their human hosts more than 24 hours. As I said previously, nits off the head are doomed. So you don't need to go berserk cleaning the house like a frenzied molly maid. A thorough vacuuming of the entire house will do the trick. Check out http://headlice.org/
Hope that helps. (04/08/2006)
By Billie Jo
If you find your child/self infected, don't be afraid to tell people. It can/will happen to anyone from any walk of life! You must let others know/the people your child/you were in contact with so they can start checking! If you child says they have an itchy head and you don't see anything, don't assume it is dandruff, keep checking daily for 10 days, and if you see nothing go to a doctor, better to be safe than sorry! For the first 7-10 days they are invisible to see, it is when they become 7-10 days old that they start to become visible to the naked eye.
Above all else, if you get notices going home from your school. Check, check, check. Early detection is better and easier to manage.
First of all, the little critters are MORE attracted to a CLEAN head than a DIRTY one as it is easier for them to bite the scalp of a clean person, rather than THROUGH the dirt and oil of an unclean head.
If you follow the instructions of the treatment, and yes I DO have to say the ONLY WAY to EFFECTIVELY get RID of them is by USING the NIX or similar treatment.
Follow the instructions do the treatment, pick out anything moving, even if it takes you 5 hours do it, and do it thoroughly, while you are looking for any live buggers which are a lightish grey and 1-2 mm long, look for the nits. They are a very small oval shaped brown in colour egg. They are actually clear and you are seeing the insect through it. Thy will be found within 1/4 cm of the scalp and they are really tiny, like 1/2 the size of the head of a pin. They are well stuck to the hair shaft with a special cement the adult uses when laying the egg. They are very hard to remove so if you find something and it comes off easily, it is probably not a nit. Also look for white segments of the open egg sack. Once they HATCH, they turn white and almost look like dust or dandruff. They are also hard to remove because they are still cemented to the hair. The further they are away from the scalp the longer you have had them as the hair as grown with it.
Check extremely thoroughly daily for the first 3 days after treatment. If you find anything moving after day 2 you NEED to TREAT with SOME OTHER BRAND of head lice removal to kill the adults that didn't die from the first treatment.
If you don't have movement after the 3 days, continue checking daily for the remainder to day 7. That is when any nit eggs that have hatched during the course of the treatment you have missed will be able to be detected, and you have to pick them out. When they hatch they are microscopic but that is usually when you start to get an itchy head. If you have been really diligent and have gone through the hair with a fine tooth nit comb and also looked everything over and see nothing for the 7 days, you still NEED to do the SECOND PART OF THE TREATMENT and still check daily for the next 8 days. This is where INFESTATION REOCCURS because people don't see anything and think they are in the clear.
YOU MUST KEEP CHECKING for the full treatment OF 15 DAYS.
Once you have treated and there is nothing alive in the hair, you can go about you routine.
All blankets and beddings the infested person has come into contact with must be washed in hot water and dried on hot cycle for a minimum of 20 minutes. The HEAT will KILL anything.
If something can't be washed then it must be dry-cleaned or placed in a garbage well sealed for 10 days to kill anything and then it can be washed as normal.
Vacuum the bed of the infected person/s and around the house and anything they have been on.
If you are still reading this I hope I have helped with some concerns, I have just gone through this with my 7 year old daughter. She had 4 notices come home from school and I have checked each and every time this last week her head was itchy, I checked every day, and on Sat. we saw some live ones crawling around, we did the NIX treatment and changed all the sheets in our beds vacuumed top to bottom of all the beds and the sofas and kitchen chairs and the carpet.
We picked one area in the house for our "nit picking" and vacuum after each session. We have been lucky, the first treatment seems to be a good one and we found nothing moving on day 3. We are still checking and we are all clean. Everyone in the house must be checked until the end of the treatment on a daily basis.
Another classmate in my daughters class is not as lucky. They have 3 children, all of which are infected. The mom thought her daughter had dandruff and was treating for a week with head and shoulders so was pretty badly infested. They tried on treatment RC which did not kill everything in the first treatment and had to go do another one with the NIX in the 2 days after.
But in between that, she tried the home remedy route and went to the mayonnaise and the olive oil. They did not work for her even after she had them on for overnight.
In scientific studies the immersed lice in olive oil and removed them after one hour they survived, after 2 they were dead but that is sticking them right in the stuff. (04/03/2006)
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