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Kaza40s Sun 17-Jan-21 20:18:33

Ok i know not nicest of chats but struggling to get rid of the wee buggers on my DD head. 3rd time now in the space of a couple of weeks. Tried 2 times with Boots own brand which comes with white plastic comb & got loads of them but after a few days still scratching again. Tried again today with Lyclear brand and metal comb but doubt i got them all. Just seen her scratching on the way past 🤦‍♀️! Shes got long, dark, thick hair so finding it an impossible task. Don't want to destroy her hair with these bloody combs neither as her hair breaks easily. Any suggestions?

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dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-21 20:23:04

The life cycle lasts up to 3 weeks so you should comb through every few days for 3 weeks or if using treatments you should repeat them weekly for 3 weeks. The treatments aren't good at killing the eggs so you will get hatchlings to deal with too and that's why you need to keep going until you catch them all

Kaza40s Sun 17-Jan-21 20:23:10

Ps I've been changing towels & bedlinen regularly & make sure I change pillowcase after treatment. Also been washing hats etc as I know they can spead like this too. Its very frustrating & time time consuming to boot!

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edwinbear Sun 17-Jan-21 20:24:43

Struggling with this too. I’d hoped social distancing would see the damn things become extinct, but no such luck, I’ve done DD 3 times in as many weeks now. I don’t know the answer, but I’m wondering if I run my hair straighteners over her hair if that might fry the buggers.

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-21 20:24:46

You dont need to do all the washing btw

Yamaya Sun 17-Jan-21 20:26:36

Sorry but I think the best way is to wash with conditioner and then while wet comb through strand by strand.

This one is good.
www.boots.com/nitty-gritty-nitfree-comb-10061485

Then repeat every day for a week sad

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-21 20:29:30

A week is not enough to catch the hatchlings. Every few days for 3 weeks would be more effective

AnnaSW1 Sun 17-Jan-21 20:31:41

You need a nitty gritty comb, not the one you get with the lotion. They are really good at clearing the head.

twobrews Sun 17-Jan-21 20:32:45

Hedrin then alternating wet combing with nitty gritty and dry combing with a plastic come every day for three weeks.

twobrews Sun 17-Jan-21 20:33:14

Comb not come!

Kaza40s Sun 17-Jan-21 20:33:27

Ha let me know how you go with the hair straighteners! Will try anything at this point 🤣

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Yamaya Sun 17-Jan-21 20:33:30

Yeah, you're right. It's been a year since my DD had them but I couldn't believe how difficult it was. Tried all different shampoos and rinses and the combing was the only thing that worked. I knew I was doing it every day for ages, couldn't remember how long for. Was actually probably about 2 /3 until I got them all.

davekim Sun 17-Jan-21 20:36:34

Yamaya

Sorry but I think the best way is to wash with conditioner and then while wet comb through strand by strand.

This one is good.
https://www.boots.com/nitty-gritty-nitfree-comb-10061485

Then repeat every day for a week sad


This!!!

Make sure you take away cuddly toys and rotate pillows.

And comb, comb, comb...

LaTomatina Sun 17-Jan-21 20:39:42

Very thorough wet combing with normal shampoo or conditioner every 3 days for 3 weeks with nitty gritty comb. Sat in front of cartoons. Kinder egg bribery.

CeeceeBloomingdale Sun 17-Jan-21 20:39:48

We had a nightmare getting mid of nits last year, my daughter has thick waist length hair. I don't rate the nitty gritty comb, we did better with a cheap plastic one. Potionwise I highly recommend Nitwits available on Amazon. It tackles the lice and the eggs and the bottle goes much further than the other brands do as it's a spray.

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-21 20:40:14

www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

Nhs says comb on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 and then check on day 17

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-21 20:41:21

And says no need to wash everything. That's more for worms than lice

Sickoffamilydrama Sun 17-Jan-21 20:41:25

Lot of long and bitter experience with this you need a silicone based lotion, it suffocates the little buggers unlike some that are chemical so they can adapt no one can adapt from.not being able to breathe! Try this www.superdrug.com/Medicated-Head-Lice-Treatment/Full-Marks-Head-Lice-Solution-200ml-Nit-Comb/p/158194

Then comb every three days but every day if you have a patience and I now retreat on the 5/7th day as even with regular combing one will alway find a hiding place. In fact sometimes I've done a third treatment as well as got so many on the 2nd one.

I did a post about this a while ago as after the first lockdown DD caught them literally the first time we went and saw someone 🤦‍♀️

CeeceeBloomingdale Sun 17-Jan-21 20:41:25

I did run straighteners through a few times too but you can't get into the roots fully so it's only useful in conjunction with combing

Chocomel Sun 17-Jan-21 20:42:12

edwinbear

Struggling with this too. I’d hoped social distancing would see the damn things become extinct, but no such luck, I’ve done DD 3 times in as many weeks now. I don’t know the answer, but I’m wondering if I run my hair straighteners over her hair if that might fry the buggers.


I'm afraid it won't help. I once had the genius idea of shaving DS's hair super short. But his hair was still crawling. They stay SO close to the scalp that you won't get them with irons.

mindutopia Sun 17-Jan-21 20:42:52

Normal conditioner and a lice comb. Comb through every 2 days or so for the next 2 weeks.

AldiAisleofCrap Sun 17-Jan-21 20:43:26

@Kaza40s get some gold listerine the one with alcohol soak the hair cover with a shower cap and leave for 90 mins and wash out. Repeat in7 days. You can come dead lice out but you don’t need to . It doesn’t kill the eggs but they will be killed in 7 days as nymph life that are too immature to lay eggs. It definitely works I had tried everything before I used listerine.

AldiAisleofCrap Sun 17-Jan-21 20:43:49

@Kaza40s *can comb

AldiAisleofCrap Sun 17-Jan-21 20:44:17

@Kaza40s ahh as nymph lice.

MsJaneAusten Sun 17-Jan-21 20:46:16

Like PP said, conditioner and nitty gritty.

I sit (long haired) DSes on the floor watching a film, then sit behind them with a bottle of conditioner and go through it layer by layer. Time consuming but necessary.

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