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    Default Nits - what to do?

    The first of my WWYD venting/frustrations of life as a solo mama of two and uni student.

    Nits. My dd is at school so she's always got them. I've got them. Even the poor baby had them at one point! Here is my dilemma:

    Everyone talks about COMBING THE NITS OUT being the only real solution. Unfortunately nobody ever talks about how to do this with a highly demanding toddler and full on nighttime study schedule. Not for the time-poor but I bit the bullet and got the most expensive comb I could find. But wtf, am I the only person who can't use one of these things? They rip out your hair and no amount of wiping will get the little eggs out from between the skinny prongs. I am trying to use it on my own hair too. Both dd and I have pretty "easy" hair to comb. But still, I'm sure the eggs are not coming out. Plus, by the time the rambunctious tot is asleep at night we are both so damn tired and can barely stand up!

    How do I manage this problem? Tbh I'm actually in awe that with all the inventions that have taken place up until today nobody has thought to invent a hair product that actually KILLS THE NITS. I'd seriously rather use a product on my hair every week until I break the cycle than spend minutes or possibly hours of my oh-so-precious time to comb through hair, only to end up missing most of the eggs anyway 😞

    So please help me, other time-poor single mamas dealing with nits with babies on your hip - HOW HOW HOW do you do it?!?!

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    I feel your pain.

    Not sure what comb you have but I find the Licebreaker metal comb the best.

    I run the comb through a strand of hair and then dip it in a jug of hot water and shake it around a bit to get as many nits out as possible then wipe on a towel / piece of kitchen roll then repeat until I've gone through their hair.

    Everyone says to just use conditioner, but I've used it before and still had live lice running around. I prefer to use Moov the first time, then BanLice mousse a week later with the conditioner in between plus a third treatment a week later if needed.

    There is a new product available at chemists that is supposed to kill the nits as well as the lice. The name escapes me at the moment but if you go to your local chemist they should have it.

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    Yeah they are such a pain in the butt!!! I've not found a product to kill the nits yet, used both banlice mousse and Moov which kill the live lice well but not the bloody eggs! And it's so hard to comb them all out. Very time consuming. I just have to do the second treatment 7 days later to kill the babies that have hatched but are not yet laying. However my friend just bought an electric comb which fries the eggs and lice apparently!!

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    Comb, conditioner and a hair straightener (the heat pops and kills and remaining eggs) if you can get bub to sit still - otherwise could be a bit dangerous (and can damage hair...)

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    There's a product called 'Nyda' and it's amazing. It's more of an oil type thing that you leave in for an hour then comb out. It comes with a little applicator comb and a bit comb. I was able to do this with a needy 1 yr old when hubby was away and it was really quick and easy. It seems that they get stuck to the oily substance and are easier to comb out. My 5 year old had her first dose of nits a few months ago and this was a life saver.
    A few hairdressers I know have recommended this product aswell because it doesn't dry you hair out either.

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    Forgot to say it claims to 'kill head lice and eggs in one treatment' and I can honestly say it did. I did two treatments in 4 days and the second one came up with nothing. Happy nit combing

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    Try Nit Wits it's the only product I have found that has worked . My daughter has had nits 5 times this year I nearly went bonkers trying everything- until I tried Nit Wits it actually does kill the lice and the eggs. It's been a month and we haven't had any reocccurance- touch wood! Good luck!

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    Tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Kills them, keeps them away as they hate the smell and kills the eggs so they can be combed out. Once you have doused the hair with a tea tree oil mixed in water, sprayed on the hair, combed it through, leave it for as long as you can, rinse out. Keep a spray bottle with water and a few drops of tea tree in it, spray lightly over hair each morning.
    Dont forget to treat and wash pillow cases and bedding.

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    I always knew KP24 to work.

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    We used nyda a few weeks back but this weekend had to retreat, I think it was a new lot rather than it not working though. We ended up trying kp24 today and will need to retreat next weekend. Also got a different comb as I found a lot slipped through the one that came with the nyda pack. My daughter has really long hair and it was very easy to comb with nyda but terrible with the new one today. I ended up having to put conditioner in to make the comb get through.


 

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