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Nits !! aarrgh, where are they from ??

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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
Discovered nits in 10yr old daughters hair AND then mine ! yuuuk ! done all the necessary treatments, ie treated whole family ( even hubby whos pratically bald !) anyway problem is determining the source? as i have a 10 and 6 year old in school. but i also work in a school (different one ) so its bit difficult to determine where theyve come from, and what measures to take next ! its just a pain and expensive thing to do ! Any advice appreciated, cheers
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
shave your heads
#2
School. Undoubtedly. My eldest has just started nursery, and we get a note at least once a week (to all the parents) asking them to check for and treat any nits, as they spread like wildfire through classes. It only takes one parent to either ignore the note, or just miss one nit, for the whole class to be swamped again. For info, the best way I've found (and by far the cheapest) is to invest in a nit comb, metal ones are best, and when the infected sprogling is in the bath, wash then smother their hair in conditioner. I mean SMOTHER. Leave it on for as long as they will sit there. Play/distract them until you can't bear it any more. Then comb it all out. Comb, comb, comb and comb again. You'll just about suffocate all of them, then removing them with the comb. It's always worked for me, and the chemcial stuff doesn't work all the time, as they tend to get immune to it. Just be glad you're not the negligent paretn ignoring the notes, but always tell your kids teacher if you've got them, so they can advise everyone else, eventually the cycle will stop. Probably not until they leave school though! If the kid understands (and doesn't want to sit in the bath anymore) just encourage them to keep their heads away from other people's heads!
1 Like #3
i dont use treatments just comb with nit comb daily removing all nits and eggs for about 3 weeks - then keep all long hair tied back whilst at school to minimise return
1 Like #4
One day a mammy nit and a daddy nit fell in love...
#5
i dont know if asda still sells it but they used to do a spray bottle with teatree and something else in it,i used it all the time and it stopped my daughter getting nits,when she was about 5 she poured the bottle down the toilet and before i could get to asda and get another her and my head were both crawling
#6
Forget chemicals as said above you need to get into a regular routine of checking through the families hair and combing with a good head lice comb. We also used conditioner to help. If you have an infestation then you need to do it once a day for about a week. Then you need to do it once every two days for another week or so. Once you have got rid to the eye you need to keep checking every couple of days by pulling back the hair in the places they like to feed and lay their eggs. behind the ears and down by the back of the head near the neck I found were favourite. It is going to be worse with this hot weather and only really goes away as they get older and keep a better distance with other children.

From my own experience in London schools don't tend to send out alerts anymore as it was found to give parents a false sense of security as by the time they are reported to the school they are probably everywhere already. They advise regular checking by parents for prevention now.

If you want a deterrent there are many natural remedies using lavender and tea tree oil etc that discourage the lice from staying in the head.
#7
Invest in a 'Nitty Gritty' Comb it is seriously the best thing to use, I totally sympathise with you x
#8
EVERY bathtime use the nitcomb...all of you-buy cheap conditioner-asdas smartprice or similar and use a lot like penny saver says...it works better than nit lotions which stink too. You have to break the cycle. My kids have given them to me in the past but i could feel even one so had the comb straight out and they didnt get hold..but if the kids do everytime too they will never get hold honestly. Mine suffered for years before i learnt this. Teatree i am unsure if it made a difference but a spray before school cant hurt..
1 Like #9
being a big dino i suffer from tortoise's try bloody coming them out
#10
Following on from all of the good advice above. We too use the "nitty gritty" comb but mix tee tree oil with the cheap conditioner and use every couple of days for 3 weeks. This did the trick for our 3 but keep checking every couple of weeks just in case.
#11
Thanks guys for all your advice so far, :) ive already done as most of you have suggested ( apart from yours wikedeen , but that may be next , lol ) ive got combs, even an electronic one that as you put through the hair you can hear the 'little suckers' getting zapped, lol,
My main concern is ,this is so time consuming AND uncomfortable for the kids is how to stop it ? as its hard to narrow down the source as my kids are in a Primary school of @ 400 kids and i work in an infant school of @180 kids so its gonna be hard to determine the source, so a cure and then prevention for the future is what we need, thank goodness they break up soon , oh and if all else fails ill go with the ' shaving our heads option ' lol, itching like mad now at the thought even though theyve gone ( i hope !!!)
#12
sorry wickedteen noticed i spelt your name wrong but wouldnt let me edit !!! damn hukd !
banned#13
if there hair is combed day and night with a fine tooth comb then you dont need to both with anything else
#14
shopstilldrops
sorry wickedteen noticed i spelt your name wrong but wouldnt let me edit !!! damn hukd !


I have noticed if you leave the thread then return it let's you edit.
#15
sassie
if there hair is combed day and night with a fine tooth comb then you dont need to both with anything else

I know what your saying Sassie but my daughter has really thick and really long hair and its just so time consuming and just want rid and no more , lol
and wish other parents would follow suit as i think thats the problem , we treat ours , expense and /or time consuming for them to go back into school yo be infected again grr so annoying ,
banned#16
shopstilldrops
sassie
if there hair is combed day and night with a fine tooth comb then you dont need to both with anything else


I know what your saying Sassie but my daughter has really thick and really long hair and its just so time consuming and just want rid and no ore , lol
and wish other parents would follow suit as i think thats the problem , we treat ours , expense and /or time consuming for them to go back into school yo be infected again grr so annoying ,


the only way to stop your child having an infestation is to stop the bliters laying, it doesnt have to be a nit comb, any mens comb will do the job, by treating your children wtih chemicals you only add to the problem as the bliters become immune to the lotions in time
#17
Carley
shopstilldrops
sorry wickedteen noticed i spelt your name wrong but wouldnt let me edit !!! damn hukd !
I have noticed if you leave the thread then return it let's you edit.

Cheers carley will try that next time x
#18
after treating hair i used to put a few drop of teatree oil in the shampoo bottle and used it as normal it seemed to stop them getting any more dont no if this works i was just lucky
#19
ttwcd
after treating hair i used to put a few drop of teatree oil in the shampoo bottle and used it as normal it seemed to stop them getting any more dont no if this works i was just lucky

I went and bought some shampoo/conditioner today that contains tea tree oil and specifies 'prevention of head lice' got a leave in spray thing too , but gotta say they smell rank !!!! kids not happy ( especially 10yr old daughter ! who covers herself in all sorts of smellies and then has to wash her hair in this !!!!) lol , see how we go though !

Thanks everyone x
1 Like #20
Also remember that the nitty gritty comb is free to under 16s on the NHS - click here:

http://www.nittygritty.co.uk/site/howtogetaprescription.asp
banned#21
there is no preventative for head lice, no matter what anyone says, tea tree oil helps elminate them it does not prevent them, greasy hair is harder for the live nits to grip on to to lay, so any oil in it will help prevent them
#22
I agree with everything said above about lotions, they are also insecticides and can cause nerve damage to scalps if used a lot. They only kill the nits, the eggs still have to be combed out off hair so you're just as well applying conditioner to hair then comb with nitcomb. I work with kids and use tea tree shampoo which i get from a herbalist. Haven't had any nits since i started using it. I have really long thick hair but with right amount off conditioner you shouldn't have a problem. Smells nicer too.
#23
I used morrisons own brand tea tree oil conditioner mixed with something else, (I cant remember) and combed out with nit comb twice a day and continued to use conditioner as a deterrant.
My daughter also had long thick hair. I used a hair straightener on her too, sectioned the hair and started from root to tip. Pay particular attention to about 15cm from the root downwards,and around the ears, suffice to say, it cooked the beggars. Treat EVERYONE, even the bald one, and when you stop seeing them, WASH EVERYTHING, beddings, towels,coats, cushions, EVERYTHING the head has contact with.
Last of all, tell the children, no joining head with other kids, no sharing hats or caps, make sure your daughters hair is always tied up, plait them. Thats everything, I think.
It doesnt matter who the source was, you've just got to get rid.
GOOD LUCK!!!
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#24
sassie
there is no preventative for head lice, no matter what anyone says, tea tree oil helps elminate them it does not prevent them, greasy hair is harder for the live nits to grip on to to lay, so any oil in it will help prevent them

cheers sassie , gonna smother the kids heads(an mine) in babyoil on monday morning! ! so the litle suckers got nothing to grip hold of !!
#25
Are you sure you wanna use baby oil? Might leave all your hair looking really greasy. And if you're gonna use tea tree oil you may have to dilute it with something first. I know there's a lot of oils that you can't have direct contact with skin.
#26
michala100
i dont use treatments just comb with nit comb daily removing all nits and eggs for about 3 weeks - then keep all long hair tied back whilst at school to minimise return
+1:)
#27
Teqnophile
I used morrisons own brand tea tree oil conditioner mixed with something else, (I cant remember) and combed out with nit comb twice a day and continued to use conditioner as a deterrant. My daughter also had long thick hair. I used a hair straightener on her too, sectioned the hair and started from root to tip. Pay particular attention to about 15cm from the root downwards,and around the ears, suffice to say, it cooked the beggars. Treat EVERYONE, even the bald one, and when you stop seeing them, WASH EVERYTHING, beddings, towels,coats, cushions, EVERYTHING the head has contact with.Last of all, tell the children, no joining head with other kids, no sharing hats or caps, make sure your daughters hair is always tied up, plait them. Thats everything, I think. It doesnt matter who the source was, you've just got to get rid.GOOD LUCK!!!.


Thankyou for your good advice ! looks like im gonna be busy then ,lol, as i go off to strip all beds , wash all towels in bathroom PHEW !! oh and get baldy to treat his hair ( all two of them , hehe, again ) cheers x
banned#28
i use lavender oil in the rinse on my sons hair, only wash his hair on a friday night and comb it morning and night and touch wood he hasnt had them since i been doing it like this, but as they get older they dont have alot of head contact so so they dont tend to get them, honestly only way to stop them is by combing twice a day


and also you will need to keep checking them now, at least every other day, you may have got all the live nits but the eggs are harder to rid of, the best comb is the bitty gritty
#29
intergeri
Are you sure you wanna use baby oil? Might leave all your hair looking really greasy. And if you're gonna use tea tree oil you may have to dilute it with something first. I know there's a lot of oils that you can't have direct contact with skin.

No, not really gonna use baby oil, lol it was just the greasiest/oliest think i could think of at the time , will try some of suggestions though x
#30
My son has had gel in his hair since he was 18 months old and had never had nits. A few months back I was working and my husband had to take the kids to school, he never gelled my boys hair - by the end of the week he had nits! I know u can't really gel a girls hair but just wanted to share that.
#31
hannah19790
My son has had gel in his hair since he was 18 months old and had never had nits. A few months back I was working and my husband had to take the kids to school, he never gelled my boys hair - by the end of the week he had nits! I know u can't really gel a girls hair but just wanted to share that.


Stay in conditioner might work for girls?
#32
cheers guys for all your advice, what about me though!! ive got hair extensions so cant put one of those nitty combs through !!
just wondering if having a word with kids school and also school i work in might help ? as still dont kn ow of source !! but suppose unless all parents treat it , its a no win situation !
1 Like #33
nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure
#34
melmorc
Also remember that the nitty gritty comb is free to under 16s on the NHS - click here:

http://www.nittygritty.co.uk/site/howtogetaprescription.asp



Thanks for this, I had no idea, and have been using the cheaper combs that bend after a while. Was at the GP yesterday, and mentioned this, she gave me a prescription for one there and then. Seems not a lot of people know, as the school has been advising us to buy the same comb for £9.99!
#35
melmorc - Jul 10, 2010 18:19Also remember that the nitty gritty comb is free to under 16s on the NHS - click here:

http://www.nittygritty.co.uk/site/howtogetaprescription.asp

Please Please Please don't have an appointment with your GP just to get this comb!! The cost of a Dr's appointment and the prescription is much higher than the cost of the actual comb to the NHS! If you are doing this you are taking an appointment off someone else that really needs to see a Dr! ONLY ask your gp to do a prescription for this IF you are already seeing him for something else!
#36
I didn't have an appointment just for the comb. I mentioned it while I was there, and came away with my son's usual prescription, and the comb one too!!!!!
#37
Penny Saver - Jul 14, 2010 10:59I didn't have an appointment just for the comb. I mentioned it while I was there, and came away with my son's usual prescription, and the comb one too!!!!!

Oh I know I can tell that by your post but some people would see melmorcs post and go and have a appt with GP just to get it!
#38
I use Teatree shampoo, conditioner and oil on my kids hair, that keeps the horrible things away.

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