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Head lice...... your opinion please

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A friend of mines daughter has always got head lice, even in the school holidays, she mainly lives with her dad and step mum, but see's her mum regually. Her mum is pulling her hair out, because eve… Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
A friend of mines daughter has always got head lice, even in the school holidays, she mainly lives with her dad and step mum, but see's her mum regually.
Her mum is pulling her hair out, because every time she see's her daughter, she has nits, after doing her hair last saturday, she combed out almost 100, and when she done it again on thursday she combed out the same amount again, when speaking to the step mum, she said, she should try asking the daughter why it wasnt treated, and that she knew she had them, on confrontation with the daughter, she said, the lotion really stings her head, (as she has scratch marks on her head from the itching ) i can see why she wouldnt want that.
What would you do about this situation?
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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[mod]#1
Blame the step mum.
#2
go to the docs with her make sure she's not allergic to any of the ingrediants in the lotion, he may be able to reccomend and alternative.

how many peoples head itched after reading this?
#3
Add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to her regular shampoo/conditioner once they are clear, always works for us our kids have not had nits since! They are the only ones who have not had nits in the last 2 years, theres something in Tea tree that repels them!
#4
Her mum is pulling her hair out


Thats an extreme form of prevention . . . .
#5
Has she tried http://www.headlice.co.uk/ (Full Marks)?

BTW, just reading about this is making my head itch!!!!
#6
tea tree oil is the best
#7
Tea tree does nothing for her, her mum puts it on all the time, but she just keeps getting them, i feel so sorry for the girl, this has been on going for years, her mum tries to stop it, and when she sees her agin, there back
#8
nikkib123
I am itching - ewwwwwwww!


Me too. Your best bet is to speak to a pharmacist they will tell you what would be best to use.
#9
A hundred is a really bad infestation. It musta been left for a while to get that bad. When my kids had them I found the best thing was to cover the hair in conditioner after a bath and comb through with a fine toothed nit comb. I would find maybe 5 or 6 adults at worst with maybe 50 eggs at least. I'd comb it through twice a day taking maybe an hour at a time, removing and killing any nits or live adults I could find. Took about a week to get rid of them that way, but no harmful chemicals.

Also it's usually easier to get little girls hair bobbed or cut just off shoulder length, long hair is so hard to keep spotlessly clean. They got far fewer of them once I had their hair cut short. Unfortunately theres always *someone* in class whose Mum isn't taking proper care of this so you just have to stay on top of it and keep cleaning.
#10
octobergirl
tea tree oil is the best


tree tea oil helps to keep them gone once you get rid of them but it wont kill live nits or lice.

Also, I always used to change bedding daily if they had headlice and wash at 60 degrees.
#11
BlondeBella
Me too. Your best bet is to speak to a pharmacist they will tell you what would be best to use.


She has already gone down that route, she has tried everything on the market, but when its done one end and not the other, its back to squre one again.
#12
Don't even bother using any chemicals on her hair, they don't work. Go to the doctors and ask for a nitty gritty head lice comb, they are free on prescription. Run conditioner through her hair, then comb the hair in sections with the nitty gritty. Once clear, that step needs repeating every 5 days BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY until everyone is clear.

Once clear, like others have said, a few drops of tea tree oil will help keep the lice away, they don't like the smell.

Hope this helps

Edit: as Clarity of Mind has said, make sure to wash bedding too, also wash any fabric hair bobbles.
#13
angel eyes
She has already gone down that route, she has tried everything on the market, but when its done one end and not the other, its back to squre one again.


Aww that doesn't sound good. Looks like they are going to have to go to the doctors and see what they say then, don't think there is anything else part from the extreme of shaving the hair off and thats not really an option it would be ok if she was a he
#14
If the step mum isnt on top of this she isnt meeting the needs of the child. Health and hygeine and the child will suffer for it, at school also ( bullies love this kind of thing ). Is the Mum in the position to have her child live with her? Unless she has no "residence" rights, I would be pressing for this, especially if she shares responsibility for the child with her ex partner.
#15
ChipSticks
Don't even bother using any chemicals on her hair, they don't work. Go to the doctors and ask for a nitty gritty head lice comb, they are free on prescription. Run conditioner through her hair, then comb the hair in sections with the nitty gritty. Once clear, that step needs repeating every 5 days BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY until everyone is clear.

Once clear, like others have said, a few drops of tea tree oil will help keep the lice away, they don't like the smell.

Hope this helps


Totally agree :thumbsup:
#16
i have heard all this she has tried before it is complete rubbish my 2 stepdaughters were scawling with them years ago and same thing would happen every weekend we had them this went on for 2 years and when we took there mother to court to basically take them off her (not just coz of headlice but also other serious stuff.) and we won the case. i can honestly tell you i had them clear in a week and they have only had headlice since then once in 7 years so i dont buy the i have tried someone just cannot be bothered sorting her out.
#17
after her mam combs them out etc tell her to put neat tee tree oil round her hair line every day and night.....once they are out....the tee tree oil should stop them comming back really....she should wash her hair every night and comb out all of them.....sounds extreme but even try hair dye? i couldnt imagine anything could survive hair dye...just a natural colour......and then use the tee tree oil every day....behind the ears and round the hair line...

my sister used to have it constant for 2 year.....part of it is it keeps going round the school, part of it is neglect from parents (not combing every day) and part, the nits just get used to the treatments.....

maybe cut her hair shorter.....a bob maybe.....easier to comb and not as painfull for the girl...

poor thing...
#18
Also if the daughter is old enough, when she is in the bath, get her into the habit of running the nitty gritty through her hair to check herself.

Can't recomend this comb enough, the teeth have spirals along them so they grab the eggs out as well as the lice.
#19
ChipSticks
Don't even bother using any chemicals on her hair, they don't work. Go to the doctors and ask for a nitty gritty head lice comb, they are free on prescription. Run conditioner through her hair, then comb the hair in sections with the nitty gritty. Once clear, that step needs repeating every 5 days BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY until everyone is clear.

Once clear, like others have said, a few drops of tea tree oil will help keep the lice away, they don't like the smell.

Hope this helps

Edit: as Clarity of Mind has said, make sure to wash bedding too, also wash any fabric hair bobbles.


aye bedding, pillow cases from sofas etc, hair bobbles, brushes.....etc.....
#20
tazandsaz
after her mam combs them out etc tell her to put neat tee tree oil round her hair line every day and night.....once they are out....the tee tree oil should stop them comming back really....she should wash her hair every night and comb out all of them.....sounds extreme but even try hair dye? i couldnt imagine anything could survive hair dye...just a natural colour......and then use the tee tree oil every day....behind the ears and round the hair line...

my sister used to have it constant for 2 year.....part of it is it keeps going round the school, part of it is neglect from parents (not combing every day) and part, the nits just get used to the treatments.....

maybe cut her hair shorter.....a bob maybe.....easier to comb and not as painfull for the girl...

poor thing...



You don't need to comb everyday if it's cleared properly the first time, just follow up every 5 days to make sure you catch any eggs you missed that have then hatched.

Also, a bob may seem like a good idea, but having the hair tied back and plaited if possible will be better in the long run.
#21
:w00t:Nits:w00t: If they do swimming at school once theyve been in the pool their hair isn't protcted anymore by the lotion:w00t: Horrible Nits
#22
my sister is a nurse and said one of her colleges caught them from her niece, she said that using hair straighteners was the best way to kill them if you don't want to use chemicals??
#23
angelwithdirtyw
my sister is a nurse and said one of her colleges caught them from her niece, she said that using hair straighteners was the best way to kill them if you don't want to use chemicals??


Fried lice?

there's a joke there somewhere.... lol


It's true though.. and someone said about hair dye, that works, but if it's a younger child those 2 might be frowned upon... lol
#24
my kids have sensitive skin so we bought a electronic nit comb http://www.amazon.co.uk/ARR-Health-Robi-Comb-Electronic/dp/B000JLHSI2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=drugstore&qid=1235400732&sr=8-1 (my kids loved to hear nits being electrocuted) then we added tea tree oil to shampoos this worked for us
#25
no chemicals needed, lots of conditioner and plenty of patience works for us, so no intolerance built up or nasty reactions etc, unfortunately there will always be parents who dont bother so regular and thorough checks are important. Keeping long hair tied up will help. Agree bout the nitty gritty comb, guarrunteed for life or 10 years? i believe to so i didnt even mind paying £10 for it lol.
#26
she already has the nitty gritty comb, and the electric comb, the daughters hair has been cut into a bob, so she can still wear it up for school, but the step mum lets her wear it down !! the step mums daughter also has them, and she also allows her to wear her hair down for school !!
#27
angel eyes
she already has the nitty gritty comb, and the electric comb, the daughters hair has been cut into a bob, so she can still wear it up for school, but the step mum lets her wear it down !! the step mums daughter also has them, and she also allows her to wear her hair down for school !!


maybe they are not treating the whole family so even if the girls mum does her, returning hime means re - infestation.
#28
angel eyes
she already has the nitty gritty comb, and the electric comb, the daughters hair has been cut into a bob, so she can still wear it up for school, but the step mum lets her wear it down !! the step mums daughter also has them, and she also allows her to wear her hair down for school !!


Well unless they are both treated properly they will have this problem for a long time. They both need there hair up and combed regulary or it won't go away.
#29
sorry but just sounds to me that the step mum couldnt give a damn.
#30
cant the mum get intouch with the school and maybe have a word because in my local school if they see a child keep itching their head they will send them home plus a letter will go home to every parent to warn them that nits are back and ask parents to check the childs hair
#31
greyparrot
sorry but just sounds to me that the step mum couldnt give a damn.


+1
#32
Are we talking 'White Trash'? :whistling:
#33
It's women like this step mum that really pee me off.
My daughters used to come home from school with head lice and I used to go and pay for expensive treatment and clear it all up only to get it happen again a few weeks later 'cos one or two of the parents in the school didn't treat their child.
It was so unfair.
I was also worried about using chemicals on their hair and then found something called "Lice Attack" which was chemical free I think.
I have used this and is very good but you do have to keep combing to get the lice and eggs out.
I personally think it was a backward step when they did away with the "Nit Nurse" in schools.
It seems that whole classes can suffer just 'cos of one or two selfish families. And it ain't cheap buying these remedies.
Anyway, rant over. It does seem to get better the older they are.
My eldest is now 12 and hasn't had any for about 3 or 4 years now.
My youngest is eight and has been clear for just over a year I think.
#34
without reading the whole thread, check who she spends most time with, are they also treating their heads?? like de-fleaing a dog before putting it back in a cage full of flea ridden dogs. obviously gonna catch them again!!
if one of ours gets them, EVERYONE gets treated lol. cept me.....i got a shaved head :p
#35
Tell the step mum to get off her lazy backside and look after her kids... how hard is it to buy a nit comb!!
It prob interferes with the bingo or some TV programme...

Should phone the school and get them evolved... might embarrass her to do something.
Get the social involved... or keep the kid with her..

Sticky situation hope it all works out soon!
#36
Trickyjabs
Are we talking 'White Trash'? :whistling:


sorry?
#37
What about the girls dad - does he have anything to say about this. Does he care at all that his daughter is riddled with nits?
#38
bluedave
What about the girls dad - does he have anything to say about this. Does he care at all that his daughter is riddled with nits?


+1
#39
bluedave
What about the girls dad - does he have anything to say about this. Does he care at all that his daughter is riddled with nits?


he answer was...they get them all the time , then he said, night night, and walked away, on second confronting in the evinging, he said, she has 3 kids to look after and its hard work !! my friend is gutted cause she feels she could do a much better job of looking after the kids herself.

The daughter is 10, and has suffered with this, without a break for years. its devistating the mum, as its out of her control, she only see's her daughter a couple of days a week,
#40
angel eyes
he answer was...they get them all the time , then he said, night night, and walked away, on second confronting in the evinging, he said, she has 3 kids to look after and its hard work !! my friend is gutted cause she feels she could do a much better job of looking after the kids herself.

The daughter is 10, and has suffered with this, without a break for years. its devistating the mum, as its out of her control, she only see's her daughter a couple of days a week,


Seems that your friend needs to see if she can get full custody of the kid as it looks like thats the best way to make sure she is getting proper care.

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