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    Default Head lice

    Firstly apologies to those who are scratching their heads thinking about this.

    DD has been complaining of an itchy head for the past couple of days. I checked her hair this morning but being that I've not had any experience with this before I have no idea what I should be looking for. I found maybe 5 little lumps in her hair that I guess could be eggs or it could just be dead skin or hair roots. I would have thought that after a couple of days it would be obvious if she had lice?

    So, what should I be looking for and is there something I can buy to treat her hair with just in case she does have it?

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    I look for white eggs attached to the hair shaft. They are quite small - like a pin head - unlike dandruff they are stuck to the hair shaft so are hard to remove.

    You may also see lice - they are light brown/grey from memory and move around.

    Luckily we've not had an outbreak lately but now my head is suddenly itchy :-)

    Fingers crossed it's not nits!

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    If you aren't sure what to look for you should get a nit comb from the chemist and comb through.

    You can use regular cheap conditioner, leave it in for a couple of minutes and comb through with the nit comb. Wipe the comb on a tissue and have a look what is there. You will soon see.

    Every time there is an outbreak in class I do this. Sometimes I have not seen any when looking, but when combing through there have been a couple. If there are head lice there then I treat accordingly.

    I wouldn't just leave it as if she does have head lice in that time they could infect other children.

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    I was the same as you not long ago. One day I was checking dd1 hair for nits and I came across this disgusting looking bug crawling around. It was bigger than I thought it would be. Similar looking to a tick and similar size to a small ant.

    Someone once said to me "when you see one you will know" and they were right. As for the eggs they are a silvery grey white colour that sticks really tight to the hair shaft often pulling the hair out if using a really really fine tooth nit comb. At least the one I use anyway.

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    Thanks everyone. I checked again after her shower and live bugs. EEWW! I have treated her hair and combed out all the dead ones. I can still see silvery grey eggs in there though. Does this mean I didn't do it properly and should do it again now? The lady at the chemist said I would have to do it again in 7 days.

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    The conditioner won't kill the eggs and they are virtually impossible to totally comb out.

    I'd get chemicals and bomb them. You'll have to do it again in 7 days as well, but it is more effective than anything 'natural'.

    A lot of times people will say the nits are resistant to the chemicals, but my experience has been it's not that they are resistant, it's that other parents aren't vigilant with their kids hair and so they just keep getting spread around.

    We were in a doom cycle for a while. DD would go to school in the morning with completely lice and egg free hair and come home with big, live lice crawling through it. The chemicals had done their job, but someone 'shared' their lice.

    Rinse and repeat.

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    out of curiosity NancyBlankett - what chemicals do u recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    The conditioner won't kill the eggs and they are virtually impossible to totally comb out.

    I'd get chemicals and bomb them. You'll have to do it again in 7 days as well, but it is more effective than anything 'natural'.

    A lot of times people will say the nits are resistant to the chemicals, but my experience has been it's not that they are resistant, it's that other parents aren't vigilant with their kids hair and so they just keep getting spread around.

    We were in a doom cycle for a while. DD would go to school in the morning with completely lice and egg free hair and come home with big, live lice crawling through it. The chemicals had done their job, but someone 'shared' their lice.

    Rinse and repeat.
    I only use conditioner to find the lice. If they are there I then treat with lice treatment. Of course conditioner doesn't kill the lice, but it makes it easier to actually see the lice (and get the comb through), rather than just looking. If there are eggs there I can see them easier in the conditioner as well. Once I know there are lice there I treat, and then comb through every second day and treat 7 and 14 days after initial treatment.

    I then put a spray a solution of water with a small amount of tea tree and eucalyptus in their hair each day before school, then plaster with hair spray to prevent any more infections. Seems to work.

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    The only thing that works in my kids hair is ban lice mouse. Then i comb with conditioner. I now keep 1/4 of the shampoo bottle topped up with apple cider vinegar and hair spray the kids hair daily before school. NITS ARE YUCK

    Also my kids know that cuddling is banned as is sharing hats, scarves and jumpers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerilee View Post
    I only use conditioner to find the lice. If they are there I then treat with lice treatment. Of course conditioner doesn't kill the lice, but it makes it easier to actually see the lice (and get the comb through), rather than just looking. If there are eggs there I can see them easier in the conditioner as well. Once I know there are lice there I treat, and then comb through every second day and treat 7 and 14 days after initial treatment.

    I then put a spray a solution of water with a small amount of tea tree and eucalyptus in their hair each day before school, then plaster with hair spray to prevent any more infections. Seems to work.
    You'd think it would go without saying that the conditioner won't kill them ... But experience has taught me people thinks that's all they have to do.


 

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