August 10, 2011 5:05 am at 5:05 am #598537always runs with scissors fastParticipant
Does anyone have any advice or tips for de-licing girls hair?
My method is I dump cooking oil or conditioner on already wet hair in the bathroom. Then comb through and through with a NISKA stainless steel lice comb.
Then apply tea tree oil to annoy them. No really. They hate it.August 10, 2011 5:23 am at 5:23 am #796788HealthParticipant
Is there a problem with your method?August 10, 2011 5:40 am at 5:40 am #796789always runs with scissors fastParticipant
I am trying to gather other people’s input and methods until I see results with mine. It takes time. You have to be persistant with my method for quite a while.August 10, 2011 6:31 am at 6:31 am #796790August 10, 2011 7:12 am at 7:12 am #796791aries2756Participant
There are products over the counter on shelves in the drug store that are quite helpful. I believe when my kids were younger we also used a vinegar rinse. The best thing to do after you use the comb is to go through the entire head and clean them out. The comb doesn’t get them all out. You also have to strip the linen and immediately put it in a plastic bag tied tight for 24 hours then wash in the hottest water possible. You also have to spray the entire bed with anti-lice spray. That goes for the clothes she was wearing. Tie up her hair after cleaning and tie up other kids hair as well and don’t let anyone use the same comb or brush or even towel.August 10, 2011 8:44 am at 8:44 am #796792mom12Participant
always runs- thats exactly my method as well.
I also used dr fischer hygenic hair treatment.
i also combed out hair daily..now i comb when I remembr just in case..
and I didnt do the plastic bag thing..August 10, 2011 1:17 pm at 1:17 pm #796793inspiredteenMember
I think they have this stuff called RID that does exactly that – it gets rid of the lice and nits! When my family went threw it last time, it worked beautifully and the kids were back in school in less than 24 hours. I think we washed the linen and everything was back to normal. That chemical stuff – along with a comb – is great.August 10, 2011 2:16 pm at 2:16 pm #796794kylbdnrMember
Those special shampoos DO NOT help!
Use vaseline and cover it with a bag for overnight…it’s gross but it really helps! And the next day use dishwashing soap to take out the oilyness (I know that’s not a word…)August 10, 2011 3:01 pm at 3:01 pm #796795twistedParticipant
Saturate hair with arak, wrap in cellophane for 30 minutes, comb and wash. I have seen melted margarine (not too hot!) used w/o the plastic wrap. Oil of rosmary is excellent but expensive.August 10, 2011 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm #796796Raphael KaufmanMember
I read an interesting article recently explaining one reason why head lice are so much more common these days. The gist of the article was that the advent of warm and cold water detergents allowed washing clothes, sheets and pillow cases in cooler water. The writer noted that if one washes lousy garments and bed clothes in cool or warm water, all you end up with is very clean lice.August 10, 2011 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm #796797Be HappyParticipant
Use ordinary Shampoo but then lots of coditioner. The idea is that the hair is shiny/slippery so the lice are unable to latch on. Also important is to comb regularly, with a fine comb.August 10, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm #796798HealthParticipant
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Another is RobiComb! Here are some drugs from Emedicinehealth:
Self-Care at Home
* Head lice
* Search for head lice when hair is wet. Use a fine-toothed comb (or a louse comb), clear tape (to stick on hair to pick up nits), a magnifying glass, and a strong light. A comb used to remove fleas from dogs and cats works well to remove head lice.
* Wet combing should be done every two to three days over a two-week period, with small sections of hair, working out from the scalp. Some call this “bug busting,” and it can be very effective. The entire scalp should be inspected, not just the neck region.
* If lice are found, treat with an anti-lice agent and repeat in seven to 10 days to kill newly hatched nits.
*How to use anti-lice agents: Over-the-counter treatment is available and should be used first. If after two applications, lice are still present, then prescription anti-lice agents may be needed. Apply the anti-lice agent to dry hair for the time listed on the product (usually 10 minutes). Shampoo and rinse hair and comb as directed with a fine-toothed comb. Repeat anti-lice treatment in seven to 10 days to kill nits that may have hatched.
* Nonprescription anti-lice agents include Nix Lotion (permethrin 1%) and Rid, A200, and Pronto shampoos (pyrethrin products).
*Check all household members and treat only if lice or nits are seen. Pyrethrin kills only lice. It does not kill nits and thus requires retreatment seven to 10 days later to kill the newly matured lice. Permethrin kills both nits and newly hatched lice for several days after treatment. However, a repeated treatment is also recommended seven to 10 days later for optimum results. Current recommendations favor Permethrin over Pyrethrin as a first-line treatment.
*If a child is younger than 2 years of age, comb to remove lice and nits but do not use over-the-counter anti-lice agents. A prescription product is available from your doctor.
*Hair conditioners may coat or cover the lice, so they should not be used before applying anti-lice agents.
*Wash all bed linens and clothing that have been in contact with the infested person in the past two days. Use hot water and the hot cycle in the dryer.
*Some recommend that water be at least 140 F to effectively kill the lice and nits. Most hot-water heaters are set at 120 F for child safety. This lower temperature may be effective.
*All nonwashable items such as stuffed animals should be placed in plastic bags for two weeks then opened outdoors. Dry cleaning may be an alternative.
*Disinfect combs and brushes in hot water or rubbing alcohol. Soak for more than five minutes in very hot water (greater than 131 F or 55 C).
*Vacuum floors and furniture, especially couches and areas used by children. Throw away the vacuum bag immediately.
*Herbal therapy and oil treatments (for example, olive oil, butter, petroleum) have been used in an attempt to suffocate lice. A small study done in 2004 did not show any benefit of these measures.
*Do not use gasoline, kerosene, or oils. Burns have occurred. A comb using an electric current generated by a AA battery has been developed but any reported success is anecdotal and has not been scientifically proven.
*Do not shave the person’s head. This drastic measure is not necessary.
If lice are seen in a school-aged child, notify the school nurse or teacher in order to limit the spread.
* Treatment failures commonly reflect repeated exposure to those untreated and infected or lack of compliance with therapy. While resistance is growing to topical treatments, resistant infestation will often respond when an alternative product is used. It has been recommended that, should reinfestation occur within one month after successful treatment, an alternative topical insecticide should be used.
* Body lice
* Wash the body thoroughly.
* Wash and dry all bed linens and clothes in hot cycles. Destroy what you can because these nits can survive longer without human contact (up to 30 days).
* Anti-lice agents are usually not needed if clothing is thrown away and bed linens are thoroughly washed.
* Check all household members or close contacts. Treat them only if lice or nits are seen.
* Vacuum floors and furniture. Throw the vacuum bag away immediately.
* Chemical insecticide sprays in the home are not effective and not recommended.
* Use over-the-counter antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine, [Benadryl]) for itching.
* Check eyelashes and eyebrows. If lice or nits are seen, apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) twice daily for eight days.
Follow the doctor’s instructions for prescription anti-lice agents, if prescribed.
* Do not apply to eyes, face, or mucous membranes.
* Discuss treatment with the doctor if you are pregnant.
* Common prescription anti-lice agents
* Elimite cream (permethrin 5%) may be used in children over 2 months of age.
* Kwell shampoo or cream (lindane 1%) is generally considered at “last ditch” medication due to the possibility of neurotoxicity enhanced by absorption through open sores or excessive application. Guidelines recommend that patients weight at least 110 pounds to use this treatment.
* Ovide lotion (malathion 0.5%) may be used in children over 6 years of age. There are few side effects (stinging when open sores are exposed). It is an alcohol-based preparation and thus hair dryer and curling iron use should be avoided due to a potential flammable reaction.
* Ulesfia (benzyl alcohol 5%) is a new product useful for head lice only and may be employed for patients over 6 months of age. Since it does not kill the nits, a repeat application is necessary seven days after the initial treatment.
* If you have ragweed allergies, avoid permethrin (Elimite, Nix) and pyrethrin (Rid, A-200) products.
* Lindane is considered a second-line treatment if other medications fail or are not tolerated. It is not very safe in children and may cause neurotoxicity (dizziness, seizures).
* Studies in 2001 demonstrated that combination therapy using topical 1% permethrin (Nix) and the oral antibiotic trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra or Bactrim) was effective for head-lice infestations which were poorly responsive to traditional therapies.”August 10, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm #796799Sister BearMember
Crisco!!!!!!!! Buy a tub, put it all over the infected hair put plastic on top of that and a bathing cap on top of that for a few hours and then comb through…they’re all gone.
Note: you might need to do it a couple of times thoughAugust 11, 2011 3:35 am at 3:35 am #796800oomisParticipant
Rid is good, but you really have to dedicate yourself to CHECKING (ugh!) every day to get ALL the nits out> Repeat the shampoo ten days later, as there are eggs that may hatch then, and you will have to go through the process ALL over again.August 11, 2011 6:58 am at 6:58 am #796801Another nameParticipant
Is it just me or does reading this thread make you itchy?August 11, 2011 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #796802zen3344Participant
Honestly, find one of the Lice Ladies in the community. Used to be one on Ditmas around East 3rd or 4th, I think. They charge a fee, but will usually not charge for a follow up…and they get the nits and the bugs out with little worry.
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