Argh.... These horrible little critters are doing my head in.... Literally! Dd is 2yo and has picked them up and decided to share with her 9 mth old sister and I I have done 2 chemical treatments 7 days apart and have been trying as best I can to comb their hair with conditioner and nit combs, cleaned everything and put in a hot dryer, but still they persist, it doesn't help that trying to get the girls to sit still to go through their hair is near on impossible. Has anyone got any suggestions on anything that will help obliterate these little monsters.... And if possible keep them away until at least primary school if not forever???
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27-05-2014 18:23 #1Senior Member
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Nits/ head lice..... Help me please
27-05-2014 18:29 #2Senior Member
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I haven't yet had to deal with headlice but its something I'm paranoid about so I use quit nits head lice defence spray in dds hair every morning before daycare. I got it from the chemist. So far we haven't had any lice.. Sorry no advice on getting rid of them but this might help prevent getting them again. It smells nice and is a detangler too.
27-05-2014 18:30 #3
Spraying hair spray in your hair is meant to act as a deterrent. Might be worth a try?
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27-05-2014 18:32 #4
Heat kills them. Hair straightener, as close to the scalp as possible, or a good hot hair dryer. In conjunction with pyre all or whatever type you use and combing. I hate them! Don't listen to anyone who tells you to use frontline or other flea products- they are NOT safe for humans!
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27-05-2014 18:42 #5Member
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I went through this last year with my two year old. It seemed like every Wednesday for a month I noticed the nits in her hair! I was tempted to start calling it Nitday, not Wednesday. I finally won by using Hedrin 15 (supposed to work in 15 minutes) and left it in the hair all day. It obliterated the nits, no dead ones left clinging to the hair even.
27-05-2014 18:45 #6Senior Member
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There's a great product called NYDA that works wonders. Unlike most of the other treatments you leave it on for an hour rather than just ten minutes.
Combing is a pain but I found it handy for constant checking while there was an outbreak at school.
And i douse DDs hair in hairspray for school and make sure it is always up.
You don't really need to wash bedding as unlike fleas they don't survive off the head for any length of time.
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27-05-2014 18:49 #7
This is my pattern with DD has got them. I don't use the bought nit stuff, I find they are immune to it.
Get a spray bottle and pour in a decent amount of tea tree oil say 1/8 full, then top up with warm water. Spray the whole head until it is wet. Wrap in cling wrap or a shower cap for an hour and leave it.
Wash out and use your nit comb. You'll find you get plenty of dead or half dead lice. And buy a decent nit comb that is metal they last longer and do a better job.
Then coat the hair with cheap conditioner. Comb out again with the comb. This will get the eggs. Repeat every 2 days until you can't find anymore eggs.
Doing it once a week isn't enough bc if you haven't got them all in the first treatment they have laid again and the cycle has continued. It drives you mental, but if you follow that and be religious in the first week, you'll get them all.
Once you have them gone, use the spray bottle with tea tree, but dilute it more and spray on the hair before CC/school every day.
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27-05-2014 19:52 #10
I used the conditioner treatment in the link below when DD picked them up at daycare and again when she got them at school.
The link also has a diagram of the life cycle which explains why the timing of repeat treatments is so important.
Unfortunately some hair just seems to be more attractive to the little critters though and there's no rhyme or reason to why (eg. straight, curly etc).
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