Regarding Head lice! PLEASE ADVISE ME!

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Registered: 06-19-2003
Regarding Head lice! PLEASE ADVISE ME!
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Wed, 10-26-2005 - 1:32pm
I have been battling head lice on my 5 year old since she started school a couple weeks ago! I tried the generic form of Rid/Nix 3 times, and done the name brand Nix 1x now. I have vacuumed to the point of my vacuum complaining, changed sheets at least every other day (my washer and dryer are whining too about all the extra work! But that is partly because I am also trying to get rid of pull-ups at night for my 4 and 5 year olds) and done everything I can think of. Right now my daughters are upstairs in the playroom smelling like vinegar b/c I just saturated their heads in it. Supposedly it makes the eggs slide out easier. I am about to go steam clean their mattresses and floor. I put away in a plastic bag all hard dolls with hair, every stuffed animal has been washed in hot and dried. What else can I do? Will saturating their heads in baby oil help (I was thinking it might suffocate these dumb critters, the bugs and eggs, not the kids!) ANY advice? PLEASE??
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Registered: 06-11-2003
Wed, 10-26-2005 - 2:28pm
OMG!!! I went through the same exact thing last year with my two girls who were in Kindergarten and First grade. It was enough to drive anyone insane!! It was a nightmare. I did everything you've done, over and over and over and over again. I tried mayonaise and vinegar and even prescribed shampoo from their doctors. My girls got the lice a month after school started and we weren't completely rid of it until school ended!! And they had ALOT of hair, which I had to cut off more than once! Now their in private school and seem not to have that problem. If your not getting rid of the lice, I'd contact the school and have them do a head check. Make sure your daughter is not putting ANYTHING on her head that doesn't belong to her, ie hats, barretts, headbands. And I would get rid of any hair accessories she has now. Also, if you haven't already done it, make sure you wash any jackets or coats she's used. We bought some bed spray specifically for treating lice. Other than that, I'm not sure what more you can do. I'd check her hair EVERYDAY, no matter how tedious. Good luck.
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Wed, 10-26-2005 - 3:48pm

Talk to the teachers... make sure that all dress-up clothes, hats, costumes are cleaned regularly.

try tea tree oil.. its supposed to work too..
good luck

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Registered: 06-11-2003
Wed, 10-26-2005 - 6:15pm
One more important thing I forgot to mention, but it probably goes without saying: Make sure you treat everyone's head in the household and make sure you do them all at the same time. I made the mistake of doing one kids' head one day and the other one the next and it pretty much defeated the purpose.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 11-16-2005 - 4:22pm
You can throw things int he dryer to kill them with high heat, too. Keep your wits about you because that will get you through. HUGS! I hope it ends soon!

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Registered: 03-10-2005
Wed, 11-16-2005 - 11:38pm
my dd just went on a play date at a schoolmates home. The mom brought my dd home early b/c she saw louse in her daughters head. We are african american so I am not too worried bc although I know we can get lice, the common lice in north america arent able to hold on to our curly hair shaft, and don't like the hair products we use. So the incidence of us getting it is like one half of 1%. That being said, when I was doing a little research on line, I ran into a bulletin board about it where several posters swore by denorex shampoo. You have to use the medicated kind though. It contains coal tar and I guess thats what works. I bought some and shampooed her hair followed up with tee tree oil (Which I use on her hair normally anyway). I have been checking her head daily and so far no lice. They say with the shampoo you will see the lice falling out into the water as you rinse the hair. Good luck.