Treating a Recurrence of Head Lice?

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

Well for starters everything she has touched, slept with, basically everything needs to be bagged up and sealed for at least 2 weeks. Clean all furniture also. Put plastic pillow covers on her bed, plus spray her bed and all furniture that cant be cleaned. And comb through her hair very carefully. I've also heard that washing your hair with lye soap strips everything clean but make sure you shampoo with regular shampoo several times after using lye soap.

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Use mayonnaise on her hair and cover it with a shower cap. It will kill the eggs and the live bugs. This will give you hundreds of articles. Good luck!

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You have to go through her hair strand by strand, and every one else's hair who has walked into your house, sat in your chair, slept in your bed. Take your bedding, pillows, furniture. They all have to be treated. Check with your vet concerning viability life status on your pet. Lice live off the the body and can live a long time, happy. What you can, put into a hot dryer for an hour of heat. What you can't seal up in bags away in the garage, etc. Don't forget the seats in the car can be contaminated as well.


All it takes is one lazy parent to have to redo what you have done. We had one in the neighborhood who we called public health over to teach. Do 'cootie checks' nightly until you have been free for several weeks.

Doing alternative shampooing, etc is not good for the child nor the hair. Had one friend who insisted dog flea shampoo was the deal. But never had anyone go through her own hair. The dog flea shampoo had a harmful allergic substance in.....said natural. Yeah, set of asthma attacks....base was a ragweed.

New products are on the market and safe. Ask your druggist, don't just shelf pick. Many sure you have a nit comb. They will show you how to use it.

DO NOT share hats, coats, combs, brushes, towels, pillows, etc.
I had daycare that brought it to the house. I would pull a nit and bug off, secure with tape and show the parent.


Nits look like a shiny glint of dust or dandruff. Butyou have to pull it from the hair as the louse 'glue' is strong. Good if you have medium length nails to glide down the hair.

My 4 year old granddaughter went to a birthday party, went home for an hour, came to my house. Took her hat off and I flew to her. In the part of her hair sat a louse. Just a fresh pick up. Taped the sucker with scotch tape so she could see it when she calmed down. Sat her down for an hour of hair checks. Used hair clips to carefully section off what I had done. Long hair, no less. That was the only thing we found, the louse. So it was just setting up business.
Called mom and at 11 pm she got in the car to drive 30 miles to the nearest Walmart open to get the stuff for herself.

We have always called it doing the cootie check. My kids knew what that meant. When the neighborhood became infested, and though my kids were clean, a friend came over, sat a stool in the driveway, inside a trash bag, and moms lined up for clean cuts on the boys. Then the friend disinfected her equipment at one time, and the parents did the treatment of their boys after the haircut. You could not go to a barber shop...can't you imagine those that have?


Good luck.

I keep a bottle of the stuff in the cupboard at all times.

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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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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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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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