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How do you avoid the dreaded head lice?

froggybabe777
posted 28-3-2012 @ 09:54 AM www
How do you avoid the dreaded head lice?

Hi all

The dreaded head lice is going through the kids school at the moment.

What do you do to help avoid your kids getting it?

I've heard of hair spraying your kids every day. The lice dont stick to hair spray as well apparently.

Anyone tried this or have any other suggestions I may try now and in the future to avoid the little blighters?

Thanks everyone.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 09:55 AM www


I have heard that washing there heads in Tea tree oil helps. Not sure if that is right or not.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:05 AM www


Ive washed my daughters hair with vinegar and this has removed them and worked better than any other chemical treatment before but it did make her hair dry and lighter, so since that Ive been spraying her hair with listerine diluted in a bottle of water and so far no head lice, i had this site bookmarked on my computer from last year as we were having so many problems with lice and although they say its the alcohol in listerine that kills the lice and keeps them away ive been using the new version alcohol free and think its the menthol that keeps them away, or it just might be shes older and no one in her class has head lice.

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2005/11/16/listerine-for-l/

I dont usually like recommending things a little off the wall as If you google listerine treatments theres lots of different views on it and differing instructions, and they recommend not using the coloured varietys as these can dye the hair, plus being careful not to use it on open wounds on the scalp but Im sure its worked for us so if anyone wants to try it just read about it first, so you can make up your own minds. Like anythings theres always the pro and the con arguments
Courts
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:18 AM www


These critters are the baine of my life and we are on our second bout for the first term! I treat every 3 days when they are present and preventatiove with the Moov spray - not that it is working.
Might give the listerine a go - we use it for spraying on the deck when we have a party and it decreases the numbers of mozzies.
froggybabe777
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:32 AM www


The last time my daughters had head lice I used:

The conditioner and comb technique.

You buy a cheap hair conditioner, smother the hair in conditioner, this stuns the little critters and them comb them out and wipe the conditioner on a tissue. I do the hair in sections starting at the bottom first and working my way upwards putting the hair to be done in a clip on top of the head. They say to do this routine every day for 5-7 days.

This was very tiring BUT I do admit the kids have not had head lice for 1 year.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:36 AM www


Once I got rid of the nits I used to mix a bit of teatree oil in a spray bottle of water and spray my kids hair before they went anywhere with other kids, worked well although they hated the smell.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:36 AM www


Tell them to keep their head away from other kids' heads! Tie their hair back.

What a pain it is for the poor kids when they get it too. :thumbdown:
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:38 AM www


You can buy the Moov Head Lice Defence Spray that's really good :)
Megan3
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:55 AM www


Boys I find hair gel helps.I have never used any chemicals just a nit comb and just regulary do that and u pick up any as they are caught
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:55 AM www


Lots of good suggestions here.

There was a study published a while ago that showed that using a hair dryer (i.e. heat) killed the nits. Don't know how effective it is but I use a dryer every day now.

I've heard that the hairspray approach works too as it coats the hair.

It's a big pain for the teachers too. I've caught lice (actually they caught me :o ) twice over many years.
Beginners*Luck
posted 28-3-2012 @ 11:39 AM www


Mix lavender oil, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil (about lid full of each) into small spray bottle filled with water...spray everyday onto hair and no nits:)
posted 28-3-2012 @ 11:57 AM www


hair spray every morning......
posted 28-3-2012 @ 12:11 PM www


I was reading the Take 5 magazine this week and they had an article on a natural head lice treatment.

Here is the website:

http://www.hitnitz46.com/
posted 28-3-2012 @ 12:20 PM www


My daughter would use a mix of tea tree oil & water in a spray bottle an spray it in her hair each morning. Works really well and its cheap & easy.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 12:42 PM www


When my girls started school my sister said always use hairspray or teatree oil, mixed with water. Works a treat.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 12:56 PM www


Quote:
Originally posted by froggybabe777
The last time my daughters had head lice I used:

The conditioner and comb technique.

You buy a cheap hair conditioner, smother the hair in conditioner, this stuns the little critters and them comb them out and wipe the conditioner on a tissue. I do the hair in sections starting at the bottom first and working my way upwards putting the hair to be done in a clip on top of the head. They say to do this routine every day for 5-7 days.

This was very tiring BUT I do admit the kids have not had head lice for 1 year.



I've done this too with the metal nit comb plonk them in front of tv and its easier to work on their hair lol...I have also put some tea tree oil in their conditioner spray and its helping a little.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 07:40 PM www


I have 3 girls all with long hair, I was buying nit defence from Hair Warehouse, but have now switched over to the nit defence spray I can purchase from Woolworths. Every morning before school, I plait their hair, then spray on the nit defence and then spray their hair with Lacquer Hair spray. (My friendly chemist lady advised me about the plaiting and Lacquer hair spray, she said try to keep the hair close to the head and stop fly aways). Apparently the lacquer hair spray makes it harder for the nits to stick to the hair. I also only let my girls wash their hair on Friday nights and weekends. By this time their hair has got a bit of a build up of product, so I sometimes put a leave-in moisturiser through their hair, but we have had great results at keeping nits away. The school they go to has awful nit problems and we used to spend so much money, time and tears trying to get rid of them. My girls now always have their hair plaited (much as they hate it) and sometimes twisted into a bun. I keep my sons hair short and spray his hair as well.
EntertheDragon
posted 28-3-2012 @ 09:39 PM www


My daughter has always got headlice because I treat her but other parents don't do their kids, so she goes to school and the big ones just climb right back on from other kids heads. Tea tree oil works up to a point because the lice become resistant to it after a while. I was spraying my daughter's hair every day with diluted solution and it made no difference. A hairdresser also told me about the hairspray.

I've got another suggestion though and I'm going to give it a try myself. One of the big problems is getting the nits out because they are stuck so hard on the hair. I'm going to buy a packet of mascara wands and try to comb the little sections of nits out with those. The headlice combs you currently get with the shampoos are too wide. Someone on here mentioned a while ago that they saw a headlice comb with bristles. Has anyone come across one of those please? Would love to get my hands on one.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:16 PM www


Touch wood, my children have never had head lice. They go to school with heaps of gel and hairspray in their hair (so it is a bit rock hard) but seems to have worked.
posted 28-3-2012 @ 10:20 PM www


Enterthedragon, http://www.nitfreecomb.com/ are the combs that work to remove eggs. They have little ridges on each metal strand on the comb that traps eggs. They are so good I've bought two of them. They are available from most chemists in Australia.

I'm a conditioner and combing person myself - hours and hours of combing - one particular awful infestation it was 7 hours of combing on my eldest.

My eldest girl (now 16, in grade 12) has got headlice more than any other child I'm sure. Even yesterday she asked me to check her hair, I was hoping I'd survive this year lice free, but every year she gets it atleast three times. My son (12) has only had it once, and her sister 14 only a few times. Not sure why the oldest one is so cursed, but it drives me crazy as she has really long hair.
EntertheDragon
posted 28-3-2012 @ 11:04 PM www


Thanks spongebob. I have never seen those combs before in the pharmacy and I always check out what they have. might have to ask the pharmacy to stock them.

I think there is definitely something to the hair product/blow drying thing though cause I wash and blowdry my hair every day and it's chock full of product and I've never caught headlice from my daughter. My head must be like Mount Everest to them with too many obstacles to get to the top
Dragonstorm
posted 28-3-2012 @ 11:23 PM www


I've had good results with an electric comb (I have a Robi comb Pro).
Quite simple to run through their hair after brushing at night. It not only detects any lice but kills them as well and no need for chemicals....just gotta watch out that you don't zap those delicate little ears.
posted 29-3-2012 @ 06:40 AM www


I use a water spray with tea tree oil, lavendar oil and some conditioner in it. We use it every morning before school and it helps making brushing easier too!

My two girls have long hair and very rarely wear it up cause they prefer it down. The school newsletter is always saying that head lice are around but we haven't seen any for years!!!

Before that my eldest seemed to get them constantly, I swear by the homemade spray but it seems it works for some and not others.
parker_street_mum
posted 29-3-2012 @ 07:52 AM www


Thank god I have boys!
posted 29-3-2012 @ 08:04 AM www


I work at a school but I think because I flat-iron my hair everyday I never get nits. When Miss 11 gets them I do the conditioner and nit comb method, when Master 10 gets them I shave his head! LOL
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