Veteran School Parents...

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Veteran School Parents...
Tue, 09-16-2003 - 11:00am
We are in our third week of school here.

Already the notices of headlice have come home. I've been changing bedsheets like mad, vaccuuming every day, and inspecting our heads nonstop. I about flipped when I watched my dd try on another girl's backpack at the bus stop. I also can't stop itching my own head, psychological I'm sure. (Every evening I insist on dh going through my hair, feeling like the apes on the nature shows.)

I called the health department and asked about this. The health advisor scared the bejesus outta me by telling me that they have new research that shows none of the products out there are killing nits anymore, not the sprays, nor the shampoos, apparently, they are now immune. She went on to tell me that some families who get headlice end up with it for a long amount of time because they rely on these products and they are not cutting it.

So of course I am feeling rather paranoid. One mom told me her family rinses weekly with vinegar - another said Suave hairspray will fend them off - another said leave-in conditioner, and yet another said do hot oil treatments. Anyone have any experience with any of this? Is getting headlice just inevitable? The cynical part of me says that there is no preventing it, but the paranoid part of me was thinking I should be washing my children's hair with miracle whip just to be safe, rather than sorry. Any advice out there?


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 09-16-2003 - 11:06am
This is going to sound odd but you might want to ask the teachers. I have several friends that are school teachers and they have to deal with this all the time. One was a kindergarten teacher and her first year of teaching she caught head lice and got it everywhere. Ick! They may have some really good hints...

I got a letter yesterday that our school district has two cases of bacterial mengitsis. Thank goodness they were not at our elementary school but I am still scared. DH has had chemical mengitsis three times now and he is immune supressed. We can not possibly expose him to bacterial mengitisis and I don't want my kids exposed. I was thinking about home schooling this morning and isolating ourselves totally until I realized I would have a total breakdown being around my family 24-7 :)


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Tue, 09-16-2003 - 12:52pm
You know what? I would relax. Teach your kids not to share hats, caps, combs, or brushes, and relax. My kids have been in school seven years (older one) and three years (younger one) and not a year has gone by when we didn't get the message two or three times and we've not had any headlice yet.
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Registered: 11-20-2001
Tue, 09-16-2003 - 1:29pm
I'm going to call my mother ... she has a remedy they used when she was growing up that worked well. For some reason I think it was kerosene, but for pete's sake I don't think I'd go that far, lol. BUT if you're that paranoid ...

I'll get back to you tonight. Try to remain calm.



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Tue, 09-16-2003 - 1:53pm
I've heard having them sleep with vasoline all over their head and then covered in a plastic shower cap works. Apparently it suffocates the little buggars. Try to relax though, my sister and I only got it once in 13 years of school--and THAT was from a slumber party.


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Tue, 09-16-2003 - 5:04pm
A teacher friend of mine told me on the first day of kinder, to stop washing dd's hair every day and to use mouse AND hairspray during the week. Lice do not like dirty hair because they can't move easily in it.

Besides the usual do not share anything from the shoulders up with your friends (since backpacks rest on shoulders, they are not a sharing item)...I would relax. If your kids do happen to get it, take regular mayonaise...put in on the kids and leave it on them overnight with a shower-cap. I think TM told me about this on another board, it suffocates the little darlings and makes it easier to get out the nits.

I'm gonna go scratch my head now cause you are making me ITCH!

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Tue, 09-16-2003 - 9:10pm
<<<>>> well shes a big help!!! so now you're scared and know as much as you did before you called her.

sorry, i had to get that out.

my dd came home with it about three times in forth grade, and the nix shampoo and comb did it, each time. you will know if she has them, as they are extremely itchy and annoying. the lice hold on to clean hair shaft, so thats why its easy to get, provided one has clean hair!! LOL. the hot oils, conditioners and other remedys all sound very logical to me, as lice cannot latch onto the hair strands if they are not "squeeky clean", for lack of another term. i would think the conditioners would be a really good remedy, or at least hold them off.

now, my dd was in fourth grade about eleven years ago, so the lice might be bionic by now, i dont know...LOL. i know, this is serious.

what about a prescription from your doctor? i dont know if this is even an option out there, but i would think there has to be something that would kill them.

i know how you feel though. it is a way yucky feeling, and we fumigated the house practically when dd had them, each time. we turned the house upside down cleaning and spraying, but they can be rid of, and its really not a reflection on you. i hope you do know that too.

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Tue, 09-16-2003 - 10:01pm
Oh, no no no. I wouldn't do this, unless you're desperate. When I was in 7th grade, I dressed up like a punk rocker for Halloween. We didn't have hair gel (I was nowhere near cool enough for hair gel), so I used Vaseline. I could not get it out of my hair. I washed my hair about 10 times that night, but it didn't make a dent. My parents let me skip school the next day because my hair was still so greasy. I must have washed it 50 times. I put everything I could think of on it: tomato juice, orange juice, regular soap, dishwashing liquid. After about 3 days, it was finally clean.

So I don't recommend it.

Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear it. I just heard the good news and popped back over, just in case you were still checking in.
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Registered: 03-23-2003
Wed, 09-17-2003 - 7:10am
Milk of Magnesia for vaseline... works like a charm. n/t

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Wed, 09-17-2003 - 9:12am
Thanks to all the suggestions/advice, etc.

I truly appreciate it!

It's hard not to feel icky about things like headlice. I don't remember having it as a kid - but I sure remember how the kids teased the ones who got sent home from school on headcheck day!

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Wed, 09-17-2003 - 9:28am
Been there and done that. God bless you it is just so frustrating. Here's a little trick I learned after I got head lice from my students. I used three rounds of the nit remover. I have super thick hair. I colored my hair and that stuff stripped all the nits off. I colored DD's hair and it killed all her nits as well.

The first time my children got head lice, I freaked out!!!! I got a call to come get my children from school. Liked to have died. I went to the nurses office, set down and cried. I was so embarrassed until everyone of my friend's said that their children had lice at one time or another. No one ever said anything about it. If my children could get lice anyone can. Shampooing doesn't help.

After I got rid of them in my own hair. I sprayed OFF in my hair. I will get some funky disease from that down the road. So far at our new school, no lice. Keeping my fingers crossed.