to not want to jump through hoops to get this prescription.

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highho1 Fri 10-Jan-14 23:39:46

So dc have headlice. I have spent hours wetcombing dd in particular but still some remain.
So I had a doctors appointment this afternoon anyway so asked for some treatment. I have a prepayment certificate. Anyway given a prescription for a discontinued product. The same thing happened several years ago with last outbreak.Trotted back to doctors who told me to return for new prescription. When I got there I was told it wasn't ready and really I should wait 48 hours for queries. After a discussion I was given a new prescription which I was told would have to be collected tomorrow from chemists as quite late by than
Anyway new prescription is for half the size of the old one and in a size which doesn't appear to be available so I now anticipate having to go back to gp's on Monday.
Systen just seems so unfair. Some area can get headlice treatments free otc at pharmacies. Other have to get a prescription and some won't prescribe at all..
Aibu

Laurel1979 Fri 10-Jan-14 23:54:47

Why don't you just buy it from the chemist? Or if money is an issue, try wet combing instead. I am hardly ever asked to prescribe headlice treatment, as most parents round here but it for their kids when it's needed.

Laurel1979 Fri 10-Jan-14 23:56:10

Sorry I see you've tried wet combing...

Wearyworker Sat 11-Jan-14 01:24:14

Highho, try conditioner on their hair, wet comb it through, and always use conditioner as this is supposed to keep lice away, Good luck, I used to dread the kids coming home with them sad

SoonToBeSix Sat 11-Jan-14 01:30:18

Prescription medicine is crap . Use listerine mouthwash it has to be the gold bottle ( containing alcohol) soak the hair cover with a shower cap leave for two hours and wash out. My dc had headlice for weeks it was the only thing that worked.

CouthyMow Sat 11-Jan-14 01:44:59

Buy Hedrin once. It's expensive. It works by suffocating the little bastards. I have just had to spend the equivalent if a week's food money on it as DS2 brought them home. DD has long hair, requires twice the 'standard' amount. I have bloody waist length hair, require enough to treat a family of 4 with sensible length shorter hair. DS1 has thick, wavy hair, requires enough to treat 2 people. Then DS2 and DS3. So I have to buy enough to treat 10 just for the 5 of us. My PCT don't prescribe. It works though. Even if it did cost me over £60. I fucking hate headlice . First time in 3 years , thank fuck.

toobreathless Sat 11-Jan-14 01:49:00

Honestly GPs have enough to do without sorting head lice out. If everyone did the same they would be swamped.

Either buy it or just use conditioner & a nitty gritty comb.

sykadelic15 Sat 11-Jan-14 03:04:33

Apple cider vinegar is what my mum used to use on us kids. I've read a few sites that show it as a proven method.

Good luck!

ShowMeYourTARDIS Sat 11-Jan-14 04:17:33

Olive oil or conditioner. TWO treatments of the normal head lice treatment did nothing. We followed the directions exactly and it did crap. Little bastards were still crawling around after!

Did one treatment with cheap conditioner, left it in for a few hours, combed out the hair, and they were gone.

confuddledDOTcom Sat 11-Jan-14 04:31:30

Vinegar is good because it breaks the glue that holds the eggs. Any kind of oil wrapped in cling film left over night if possible will suffocate them. Nitty Gritty comb is amazing! (You can get that on prescription, might need to take the letter from the website in) NG also do treatment and repellent.

Lavendar, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Thyme, Lemon, Rosemary and some others are good aromatherapy oils. There's lots of different recipes out there, usually something like 50ml of oil with 5-10 drops of each aromatherapy oil. You can also get recipes for repellent.

Olive oil smoother over to the roots, and a shower cap as long as it can be left on (hours preferably) then comb through with a nit comb and a bowl of water to keep getting them off the comb. Repeat after a few days a couple more times.
Not sure I'd want to risk the harsh chemicals in the prescription stuff.

LucyLasticBand Sat 11-Jan-14 07:44:41

how aobut plaiting your dds hair to try and stop her catching it in the first place

LucyLasticBand Sat 11-Jan-14 07:45:30

otehr than that i think the wet combing regualrly is the only answer

BonaDea Sat 11-Jan-14 07:50:23

But back to your original question, yanbu.

I am frequently given the run around by my GP surgery. Although many of the doctors are good the actual system is awful and I truly believe they think no one has anything better to do than run around in and out of the surgery etc as you describe. It is so inefficient and presumably a waste of their time as well as mine!!

Good luck with the head lice.

Tableforfour Sat 11-Jan-14 07:54:37

This is why the NHS won't survive. It was never intended for this sort of thing and GPs don't have the time. Surely buying head lice treatment is the sort of thing that is part of the cost that you plan for when having kids.

Sirzy Sat 11-Jan-14 07:57:07

Go and buy some treatment yourself. It is no wonder GPs are so stretched

SillyTilly123 Sat 11-Jan-14 08:00:00

Does your chemist run a minor ailments scheme? Mine does and you can get headlice, threadworms and ringworm treatment for free. My local is a Rowlands but not sure if its nationwide. You just go in and ask, and if they do fill in a form and its given free (for under 16s but also if you are tax credit exempt) Good Luck.

Custardo Sat 11-Jan-14 08:02:46

does every bloody op have to be jumped on these days?

OP - until the NHS states that headlice can no longer be gotten on prescription, you have the right to get it on prescription

IMO if your doctors could get things right the first fucking time, THEY would have saved the nhs money

MissWimpyDimple Sat 11-Jan-14 08:03:16

Nitty gritty comb and lots of conditioner. I have a dd with thick long hair and when she gets them I comb her through daily for a week, then every few days and then down to once a week. It's hard work but it does the trick. Has to be the nitty gritty one though and have to keep on it.

Sorry but I agree about this being a waste of the GPs time and an abuse of the NHS. And I say this as a lone parent on a low income who doesn't pay for prescriptions!

SoonToBeSix Sat 11-Jan-14 08:07:02

No one pays for child prescriptions do being on a low income is irrelevant.
Really op just buy the listerine .

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 08:40:04

As I already had an appointment I would not have wasted gps time. Well not if They gave me correct prescription in 1st place.
No minor ailments scheme here.
Both me and dh have long term health conditions which require us to spend £££ on prepayments certificates.
So spending another £24 on headlice treatment on the day I spent £60 on 2 ppc is not feasible despite our reasonable family income.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 08:41:41

O and I also brought a nitty gritty comb as our gps won't prescribe them.
Spent over an hour wetcombing dds hair with it.

Laurel1979 Sat 11-Jan-14 08:47:57

It tends to be when people abuse the "one person per appointment" principle that mistakes happen though. Appointments are for 10 minutes, and unless there is an urgent issue, it's a total PITA when people start asking for extra scripts for family members etc. Buying headlice treatment is one of the responsibilities of being a parent, most parents do this already.

LucyLasticBand Sat 11-Jan-14 08:51:06

i am afraid that is necessary, the wet combing. even prescription ime - make it part of your routine.

ChoudeBruxelles Sat 11-Jan-14 08:51:21

Olive oil. Thorough cover the hair and leave it on for quite a while then comb through.

confuddledDOTcom Sat 11-Jan-14 08:53:33

high, let nitty gritty know that because they send free ones to gps.

Goldmandra Sat 11-Jan-14 09:03:19

Just keep thorough combing with conditioner. You have to do it anyway, even with the treatments in case there are any missed so forget the potions and comb the beggars out.

Section the hair carefully and comb right from root to tip really thoroughly. Pull out any eggs you see stuck to the shaft with your finger nails if the comb misses them.

Repeat every two to three days for at least a fortnight. If you do it properly you remove new hatchlings before they have chance to lay eggs and you break the cycle.

It takes time and patience but it's the only really reliable method. You only need one egg to hatch and stick around for a week to start a new infestation and no treatment can get rid of every egg. In fact most of them don't even kill every live louse.

If you put oil on hair, hedrin or olive oil, remove it by putting the shampoo on and rubbing it into the hair before introducing water. It works much better. Otherwise you spend hours trying to get the oil out if the hair is thick.

oadcb Sat 11-Jan-14 09:04:53

Even the nitty Gritty comb is available on prescription.

Some family budgets are so stretched they can't afford extras at time.

Better a parent asks for it on NHS then not treat.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sat 11-Jan-14 09:05:07

A combination of Hedrin or similar - NitRid is one I found, slightly cheaper (to dehydrate them I believe ?)
And olive oil with drops of lavender or something nice smelling (to drown/suffocate them) worked well with my DC
Then plenty of combing with a nit comb

I've heard the more traditional pesticide treatments are not such a good idea - nits can become immune to them/ a bit harsh to use for DC

Good luck to all. They can be defeated!

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 09:06:07

The prescription was prescribed for me. Not the child as she kindly passed a few onto me by bedsharing. (Before we found them)
System just seems so unfair.
Minor ailments scheme isn some areas yet we don't
Some long term illnesses give you free prescription s. Others don't
Some areas get generic drugs free. Others don't
Some people have to even buy ointments etc for eczema yet others are prescribed.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 09:07:42

Nitty gritty comb should be available on prescription but our gp refused to prescribe it when I asked after previous infeststion.

Applejuice70 Sat 11-Jan-14 09:07:45

Agree with Custardo.
Straighteners was the only thing that worked for us.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 09:10:02

Agree about time factor. 3 dc and trying to run a small business with very little childcare and a dh working long hours here.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 09:12:32

The eggs seem to be biggest problem. Maybe will have to try tweezers. Thank you.

6cats3gingerkittens Sat 11-Jan-14 09:18:43

Leave the poor woman alone. My doctor is a complete rude prat as well, couldn't diagnose a wooden leg even if dangled in front of him. And makes stupid errors. I cannot accept that the NHS is a sacred cow. Doctors and nurses are paid decent money. They play on the emotions of the public to sustain this false image of sainthood. Grrrrrr!

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sat 11-Jan-14 09:20:50

"The one person per appointment" concept isn't very family friendly though is it Laurel ?

And the "one health issue per appointment" isn't very holistic and may mean that something that's actually more important, or more on-going, or more mental health related, doesn't get mentioned when it really should be ?

Custardo Sat 11-Jan-14 09:23:53

change gp

just change gp now

it might be convenient to you but if your gp is an utter twat

move - why should they get the money it costs to see you if they are twats

change gp

wideon Sat 11-Jan-14 09:52:46

you should take your kids to a&e, they'll sort them out for you no bother

Laurel1979 Sat 11-Jan-14 09:57:46

Juggling - probably not, no but try seeing 3-4 people in a ten minute appointment, it doesn't work and is often the reason surgeries run so late.

Anyhow I hope you get it sorted out OP!

Sirzy Sat 11-Jan-14 10:01:09

Juggling if you want to be seen about more than one issue or for more than one person tell them when booking so they can ensure the appointment is long enough

HappyMummyOfOne Sat 11-Jan-14 10:01:57

I am always amazed at people who take up a doctors time to get a prescription for items that can be bought within minutes over the counter.

Our doctors has a sign up saying calpol and a list of other items can be bought from the pharmacy so prescriptions are not needed. Sounds sensibie, leaves appointments then for those who are ill enough to require a doctor rather than not wanting to part with a few pounds. No wonder waiting times can be horrendous at times.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sat 11-Jan-14 10:04:58

Have a sand egg timer on the desk Laurel ?

Say, right, 3 people, 3 mins each. Hear each problem, establish priorities, spend last minute writing a prescription for the problem that needs it.

Sorted ! grin

Seriously, GPs should be more upfront about the 10 mins available where needed, and everyone should be encouraged to be more efficient at getting to the point!

LucyLasticBand Sat 11-Jan-14 11:03:49

i would feel guilty asking for a prescription for calpol and a nitty gritty comb and i am poor as a church mouse.

LucyLasticBand Sat 11-Jan-14 11:04:49

i have had a prescription for the family for scabies but was upfront and simply asked the receptionist. and i must admit i did have to g through hoops. but it was necessary. whereas to me head lice can be got rid of by other means.

Laurel1979 Sat 11-Jan-14 11:09:32

Lol juggling!! Maybe you should come and work in our surgery..... We'd be very impressed with someone who could manage that, in a 2 hour surgery you could see 36 patients, instead of the usual 12-13 that we do! Although it might be a problem if you omit to examine the patients, give them time to get dressed/undressed, and write in their notes - which you forgot to factor in when working out your 3 patients per ten minute theory....

Anyway I'm bowing out now to bring DC to football, although with this weather I'd almost rather be indoors on Mumsnet. Good luck with getting the headlice treated OP!

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sat 11-Jan-14 11:11:34

Lucy - I don't think anyone need feel guilty for asking if something's available eg on prescription. The system should be robust enough to cope with that.

Either it is available to those who ask or it isn't ... calpol, nitty griitty comb, whatever. Both are important for a family's health and well-being.

NightFallsFast Sat 11-Jan-14 11:12:00

There aren't enough GPs to service the current population and the ones working are rushed off their feet and patient care is suffering because of it.

IMO the NHS shouldn't fund over the counter treatments like head lice treatments, worm treatments, paracetamol, otc laxatives and antihistamines etc unless it's for a long term condition.

If less of GPs' time was taken up with this then they'd have more time to give an excellent service to people who need their expertise.

As for saying 1 problem per patient isn't hollistic, and 1 person per appointment isn't family friendly - appointments are 10 minutes. If there is more to be dealt with than can be done in 10 minutes, the GP has the following options:
-deal with all the issues/people fully and run late, inconveniencing other patients
- rush through all the issues/people and possibly miss something important or make a mistake (like prescribing an out of production head lice medication)
- only deal with what can be dealt with in 10 minutes and ask you to book another appointment for the other things/people.

DoubleLifeIsALifeOfSorts Sat 11-Jan-14 11:13:44

applejuice you mentioned straighteners? How does that work?

WooWooOwl Sat 11-Jan-14 11:15:29

YANBU to think its unfair that you can't get free headlice treatment.

Pay for it like everyone else has to! A long term condition for you doesn't absolve you of the responsibility of having to pay for normal things that just about every parent has to pay for at some point throughout their children's lives.

No wonder our NHS is going down the toilet when they have to waste so much time and money on people that can't sort out basic things unrelated to healthcare themselves.

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sat 11-Jan-14 11:18:12

It's not unrelated to healthcare though Woo - it needs to be dealt with for everyone's well-being.

CuntyBunty Sat 11-Jan-14 11:23:38

I do hope you are joking wideon? A&E is for Accidents and Emergencies only, not headlice.

Really, don't take your children to A&E for headlice or any minor ailment whatsoever. Or you won't have an accessible A&E is future years. The NHS's teat will have been sucked dry by people who do things like that.

Applejuice70 Sat 11-Jan-14 11:30:17

Double life
GHD straighteners wiped it all out in one session.
Washed ,dried then part the hair into very small sections,and straighten.Take care to keep the straightened hair away from the hair that has not been straightened yet,i saw it on the bbc news about 18 months ago.

feathermucker Sat 11-Jan-14 11:30:57

Take them to a and e?! Are you actually serious? It is NOT a medical emergency!

Damned annoying maybe, but not a medical emergency in any way, shape or form!

It's annoying, it's frustrating etc, but I would no way wait until Monday. If you can't afford it, then try some of the other methods suggested, which are cheaper.

I really hope the a and e post is a joke!

JugglingBackwardsAndForwards Sat 11-Jan-14 11:35:53

I'd say that A&E post definitely wasn't serious feather
I hope not anyway!

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 11:42:52

My appointment was for a prescription review so asking for something available on prescription was not a crime. I was probably only in there for 5 minutes.
I didn't come in mob handed with all 3 dc.
Still received prescription and quite frankly I am not sure why I bothered with an additional trip to doctors and to chemist for 2 teeny tiny bottles. Not enough to treat 1 person effectively twice let alone 5.
Will still have to buy some more. So this free at point of delivery nhs will have costed us as a family £70 to £80 this week. Bad timing with both pre payments expiring at the same time and both needing to change meds.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 11:43:45

Along with wet combing which I do anyway

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 11:45:47

Although it could be worse . My cousin lives in Ireland. They are normal hard working people and have recently had to soend 1000 euro on cancer treatment.
Puts it into perspective.

catonlap Sat 11-Jan-14 12:33:21

Unfortunately recently discontinued products still show up on the drug formulary so until it gets updated GPs have no idea it is no longer available at the pharmacy. A pain for you but unless the GP goes round the local pharmacies looking through their shelves, can never be sure what is in stock. The original prescription might still have been available at some pharmacies if they had stock left on the shelf.

There are often manufacturing delays too which make certain products temporarily unavailable for the pharmacy to re-order stock. Again the GP doesn't usually know until they prescribe the item and the pharmacist feeds back that they can't supply. (occasionally there is a major delay and an email will be sent out to alert local GPs but they don't do this every time there is a short few days glitch).

In our area the pharmacies are usually quite good and phone through to surgery to say they can't supply xxxx so that an alternative option which is in stock can then be sent by fax direct to the pharmacy.

judgejudithjudy Sat 11-Jan-14 12:45:19

you seriously took your kids to the gp for headlice & upset you didnt get a comb on prescription?! (headbag) biscuit just buy it over the counter - no wonder the nhs is stretched to the limit with people like you ffs!

Judgejudithjudy, read the fucking thread smile

Goldmandra Sat 11-Jan-14 13:00:21

Will still have to buy some more.

Don't!

If you comb thoroughly with conditioner regularly enough you will clear them anyway. It's tedious, granted, but worth it to save that amount of money.

DD1 has long, ridiculously thick, curly hair and, because I slacked off with the checking, had lots of the little blighters at one point. It wasn't fun combing them out but we did it without any potions and it worked perfectly.

Honestly it is not worth spending that sort of money on something you don't need.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 13:01:56

If the idea of getting headlice treatment on the nhs is so abhorrent. Than why is the nitty gritty an approved appliance and the lotions5 approved too?

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 13:02:31

Well supposed to be approved. I had to buy mine.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 13:03:27

I agree wet combing gets the active ones. But it's the eggs that are a pain.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 13:04:37

The tning is though. I don't think it was recently discontinues as the same thing happened 2 years ago.

ouryve Sat 11-Jan-14 13:09:48

Custardo - not everyone has the option of being able to change GP. Ours, on average, aren't great (and there's one or two I refuse to visit, any more, even if it means waiting for an appointment) but we have no choice, at all, other than a walk in centre that it would take me 2 buses and cost a small fortune to get to.

Goldmandra Sat 11-Jan-14 13:12:35

I agree wet combing gets the active ones. But it's the eggs that are a pain.

As long as you get the new ones out within a week of hatching they can't lay eggs so you still clear the infestation. If you comb and condition thoroughly twice within that time you will get them. Yes it's a pain but it only takes time and the cost of a decent nit comb.

SoonToBeSix Sat 11-Jan-14 13:13:04

Highho I don't think yabu in asking for a prescription . But for the third time listerine really is the best thing for headlice and it's very cheap.

confuddledDOTcom Sat 11-Jan-14 13:53:52

Nitty Gritty will send combs for free to GPs so don't feel guilty about asking!

Vinegar will get rid of eggs. Comb it through like you do conditioner/ treatment.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 14:05:11

Lots of great tips. Thank you.

StripyPenguin Sat 11-Jan-14 14:16:45

We've wet combed every day for a week and have nearly got rid of them all, it's the best way. One of the DCs has a friend who has them a lot, it's a lone parent family and said LP has nobody to do her hair for her so I reckon they are constantly reinfecting each other. If I knew her better I'd offer to do it for her sad

TheRealAmandaClarke Sat 11-Jan-14 15:28:20

YANBU.

CouthyMow Sat 11-Jan-14 15:41:00

Me and all of my DC's have long term health conditions. I'm also on IS and technically get free scrips. Doesn't mean I would waste the GP' time getting a prescription for nit lotion, something you can pick up in most supermarkets off the shelf these days.

My PCT doesn't prescribe it anyway, it's on the blacklist now, along with DS1's excema cream, DS3's allergy-free food, my antihistamines, and my IBS medication.

My friend has to pay for her DD's test strips for blood sugars (she's diabetic).

Just accept it as part of having DC's, and keep the money to one side. I do, and I'm bloody brassic!

CouthyMow Sat 11-Jan-14 15:48:40

The only reason I'm paying is because you need to retreat a week after first treatment, wet combing in between, and I used my 'cupboard store' a week ago.

And then next week I will have to restock the medicine cupboard with a new lot.

It's not cheap. But it's no different to buying a bottle of Calpol or children's Nurofen OTC. Who would go to their GP for that?

Not that Calpol would be prescribed in our PCT...

DS3 is on a severely restricted diet, life threatening allergies to NINE different allergens. The ONLY food I get for him on prescription is his amino acid based milk replacement. I get his calcium tablets on prescription, his Jext pens (though having to swap to EpiPen Jr due to a supply issue through a manufacturing fault), and his daily antihistamine syrup. Everything else medicinal and special dietary food I have to pay for.

SomethingkindaOod Sat 11-Jan-14 17:08:20

My GP always asks if I need any infant paracetamol if I take one of the DC's to see him... (Just to put another slant on the Calpol thing)
OP YANBU, whatever the presumed rights and wrongs of getting treatment on the NHS it's your GP that's cocked up by prescribing a discontinued treatment and then not issuing a new px there and then. It was their mistake not yours and it should have been sorted.
I personally wouldn't bother with prescribed treatment having tried one (can't remember which, white bottle with green writing), that seemed to be less effective than wet combing on it's own, plus the fact that 2 of us have long hair so we would use bottles of the stuff!
I'm going to try Listerine next time smile

wombat31 Sat 11-Jan-14 17:15:48

straighteners....no lice can survive 200 degree heat! i am convinced that is why i never get them even though i work in a school where there is often an outbreak!

FanFuckingTastic Sat 11-Jan-14 17:19:52

One health issue per appointment would never ever work since I have several conditions which combine to make each other worse, we have to discuss all of the conditions to cover my general health, rather than focus on one thing.

As for the nits prescription, you shouldn't have a problem, you can even get the nitty gritty combs prescribed if you really can't afford to buy them, I've never had to jump through hoops, just be honest with the doctor about my position. I asked for a prescription of paracetamol and ibuprofen for my DS after an operation where he got sick and was ill for quite a long time, I was pretty skint managing the hospital travel and overnight with DS on top of usual expenses, and fortunately my GP understood and prescribed 2l of paracetamol and 1.5l of ibuprofen. It lasted him for quite a while... couple of years at least. He did have a further operation and several ear infections and burst eardrum and appointments for a hearing aid etc so it came in handy for the pain, poor boy.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 17:22:39

couthy I too agree that it is wrong that so many things are excluded. My mum, a diabetic oap, used to have to buy her own test strips yet could get paracetamol on prescription. They are only 16p per pack.
I would never ask for calpol. I buy cheaper own brand pain relief.
However it just seems wrong that in some areas you can rock up at the pharmacy and get all these treatments, calpol, headlice treatments etc on prescription. When others have to buy essential items.

highho1 Sat 11-Jan-14 17:24:27

Aso if you only mention 1 health issue per appointment something could be missed as an illness can manifest in different ways.

meddie Sat 11-Jan-14 17:44:53

I would be wary of putting neat listerine on a child. Its pure alcohol, would sting like hell on scratches and is also flammable.

SoonToBeSix Sat 11-Jan-14 23:16:10

Of course listerine is not pure alcohol it contains some alcohol. I have used it on my own dc and myself. I actually have psoriasis on my head and it was fine. It itches for a few minutes because the lice twitch loads then stops I would never advise someone to use a product on their dc I had not used on my own. Headlice made by families life a misery nothing worked except listerine.

SoonToBeSix Sat 11-Jan-14 23:18:10

Yes meddle it may well be flammable however I imagine the op's dc are not going to have a sneaky cigarette whilst being treated for headlice!

moominmarvellous Sat 11-Jan-14 23:43:45

I think it's unfair to say OP shouldn't ask for live treatment on prescription if it's available.

I was considering doing the same as we've been fighting an on and off battle with DD's headline since August and it's driving everyone crazy! I was thinking something on prescription might do the trick.

However, fingers crossed, Nitty gritty comb and conditioner, followed by two hours of white vinegar under a shower cap seems to have done the trick. Still combing at bath-time a week on, still coming up clear. The vinegar cost me less than 50p for a big bottle - wish I'd done it sooner!

StripyPenguin Sun 12-Jan-14 07:35:36

wombat some of the little buggers do seem to survive straighteners sad We've wet combed and straightened for a week now and I still find the odd one or two on DD sad
Off to buy white vinegar and listerine I suppose.

Goldmandra Sun 12-Jan-14 08:59:28

We've wet combed and straightened for a week now and I still find the odd one or two on DD sad

Just keep going. As long as you're being thorough you will catch the newly hatched lice before they become mature enough to lay and eventually there will be none left.

Straighteners will kill anything that's far enough down the hair shaft but newly laid eggs are right at the very bottom and it's hard to get that close to the scalp without burning it.

OddBoots Sun 12-Jan-14 09:11:18

It seems very short sighted not to prescribe the nitty gritty comb given that it can be used on multiple occasions.

Goldmandra Sun 12-Jan-14 10:56:45

It seems very short sighted not to prescribe the nitty gritty comb given that it can be used on multiple occasions.

...and of course that using it once a week enables you to prevent the large infestations.

highho1 Sun 12-Jan-14 12:06:45

Especially as the comb costs £10 and one lot of lotion is more than that.

confuddledDOTcom Sun 12-Jan-14 19:21:41

I recommend people make up their own preventer spray when they've got their kids clear. It's mostly water and conditioner, which you spray on each morning, plus some essential oils. Some of the oils mask the human smell and some are poison to them.

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