Help with Head Lice
we've never had these in my house but a good friend has, and after doing a
lot of searching she finally came up with something she say's works
beautifully, she saturates the hair with baby oil, then wipes off the excess
and puts on a shower cap and leaves it on over night, the following morning
she shampoo's to remove the oils, then she soaks her hair with a mixture of
one part cider vinegar, four parts water and allows that to remain on her
hair for like 20 to 30 minutes and rinses her hair clean. She says by doing
this she removes all traces of any critters or eggs that may be attached to
the hair, and her hair is silky soft and has a really nice shine and most of
all critter free.
She's a day care worker for disadvantaged kids and she come in contact with
them all the time, so she says she does this like once a month if she needs
to or not, I guess it's sorta like those saturday bath's.
Just wanted to make sure you proceed with caution with the shampoos
that are designed to kill head lice. I've heard that they can cause
neurological problems (brain/nerve problems), especially when used
excessively. My girls both play softball and we had many
infestations when they were younger (now both 12, no, not twins!).
It was only after I dowsed those little lice with products like RID
that I heard of the potential dangers of damage to brain cells.
Please, please, please, proceed with caution. Spend the time to
"nitpick." I found the special comb pulled their hair something
awful and was very painful, found using the fingernails and squeezing
them down the shaft until the egg was between the fingers was the
most gentle way to go. We put in a movie to help get our girls to
sit long enough so we could get the job done. It can take hours, and
do it every day until you don't find anymore eggs. I've also heard
that blow drying wet or damp hair can help keep from getting
reinfestations - don't know how true this is, something about the
heat, I guess.
The most embarrassing thing about lice is that
it is really
I think you'd be surprised at the number of
Be sure to check your head and your husband's, too!
Good luck, sleep well, and remember, it happens
to the best
you have to pick off each and every nit. Use a nit comb and section
the hair off in tiny sections, you have to do it by hand...no medicine or
eo, etc will do that part.......that is the hardest part. do it daily until
they are completely gone.......I did it in 2-3 hour stretches.......
Please don't keep using the chemicals on her :o) They are so
My Daughter was a teacher in a Daycare
& came home with
them (only time I've
I found a recipe for an herbal lice treatment posted by Ela Heyn in a
Hair Care Recipes site. it calls for 2 oz of olive oil, 20 drops of tea
tree oil, 10 drops each rosemary, lavender, lemon, essential oils.
it says to combine, apply to dry hair and cover with a plastic shower cap or
small trash bags with paper clip. wrap head in a towel and leave on for two
hours. Then work shampoo into dry hair to cut oil, rinse and shampoo until
all residue is gone. Our school nurse also suggests to soak the hair
in olive oil, wrap with plastic bag for an hour or so, then wash out. It
seems that the oil smothers the little buggers.
Good Luck... We had our problem with scabies.... We FINALLY got rid of
those little bugger, now every time I see a little rash I start to panic.
Neem oil's also an excellent insect repellent, as well as it's other
properties. One site also says it's insecticidal. I'm not sure of that,
but it sure helps to keep those stupid 'no seeums' at bay.
(see above)That is great
strips the oils out of the hair and truly
No need to be
embarrassed. It can happen to
anyone. I caught them on a
Don't feel bad. I've just
been through that
with my daughter. At least
I'm sure you will get tons
of great info on
this subject from other 'nuts,
I happened to have a fluorescent (sp?) light
that I used
when picking the
Far Far from embarrassing!!! I am one who is sooo picky on how things look
and how clean things are etc..... and have fought and fought with lice!!
(knock on wood none this year!!!) it is a lot more then just the hair the
car, the beds, carpets, pillows, stuffed animals and other such things. They
can carry them too -- my daughter was the only one who couldn't get rid of
them. When I started treating the truck and car, her school locker etc...
then they finally were disappearing!! I also have started to use tea tree
and lavender oils in my shampoo -- can't say this is what has kept them at
bay but as I said -- so far none this year :)
Don't be embarrassed, head lice are more common than you might think. I
can't recommend a homemade remedy although you might check out some of the
essential oil sites for something you could add to a light oil and comb
through. What I can tell you is that your doctor can probably prescribe
something that will be more effective than RID. Like you say, it's fine
for killing the live ones but it doesn't get the eggs. You should also
call your daughter's school and talk to the nurse. Your daughter could be
getting reinfested by another student and it is the nurse's responsibility
to see that anyone infested is treated so that can't continue to happen.
One small step you can take to prevent reinfestation is to braid your
daughter's hair as tight as she can tolerate it. French braids are
attractive and fashionable and it will keep her hair away from other
students hair and clothes. Good luck!
This is a terrible problem in most school districts,an we have discussed this
alot on the list. An acquaintance of mine,shampoos/bathes her grandchildren
with 15 drops +/- of tea tree oil daily.They haven't had a infestation in 3
years, in a school district that is really loaded with the lice. She says
that it works because the lice haven't become insensitive to the t-tree yet.
May or may not work as a control/deterent after you have gotten going with
the other controls. Would a shorter hair length make it easier to get the
combout done. Short haircuts are very in style right now.
Thirteen is such a self conscious age,I hope that this will help.
I hope that this will help some of you, please research all ideas before trying them out especially on young children. I think the most important advice or thought is that you must not feel this is any fault of yours as a mother/father/grandmother/grandfather, you get the picture. Many people seem to think that this is a 'dirty' subject that needs to be hidden, you would be surprised at the number of cases each year, this is not a question of your competence as a parent, but an outbreak that should be treated like any other childhood illness such as the flu, chicken pox, etc.
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