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LuckyAmy1986 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:02:09

This is my first experience with them (apart from me having them when I was little) DD has them, discovered them today. I have a nitty gritty comb. I put loads of conditioner on and combed through. If I do this every night for a week or so, is that enough or do I need to buy a treatment from the shop?

I have checked my hair and can't see anything but my god it is so bloody itchy! Hoping it's just in my head.

Any other tips would be welcome. I am going to change her pillowcase once a day.

sparklepops123 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:04:50

No but a treatment think full marks is one I’ve used and they do a repellent spray you can spray on her hair before school etc

TabbyMumz Wed 10-Jan-18 20:14:53

Buy a treatment from the shop. Its the only thing that worked for my child. Then get some tea tree spray and spray it in every morning.

sparklepops123 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:15:15

Yes that would be buy a treatment 🤪

be47 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:18:23

I had head lice 7 times - including once at 22 from the kids I child-minded over the summer. Treatments did nothing but make my scale flake off in huge chunks, I'd recommend sticking to conditioner and only going down the chemical route if that isn't working.

raspberryrippleicecream Wed 10-Jan-18 20:22:00

No don't buy a treatment. Comb and conditioner is much better, but I'm afraid you will need to do it for longer than a week

SWBCRTMWSC Wed 10-Jan-18 20:24:14

And then once a week to catch it early next time as there is always one child in the class who doesn’t get treated.

Phillipa12 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:29:39

3 weeks of combing and then i would just make nit combing part of the hair wash routine from now on, saves the hassle of starting from scratch with the blighters!

dementedpixie Wed 10-Jan-18 20:32:22

Comb with conditioner every few days for 3 weeks to break the life cycle. You don't need to wash the pillowcase every day

mummmy2017 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:33:23

If you use the comb morning and night, it will get them all out, we used to do this even when the kids were clear, so we never had it bad, just the big bugs who like to swap heads.

shushpenfold Wed 10-Jan-18 20:34:30

Comb and condition...forget the chemicals as they just don’t work.

LuckyAmy1986 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:39:51

Great thanks. Is once a day enough? Only because I won’t have time in the morning really other than weekends. And I am definitely going to do it as a preventative measure once they have cleared up! Do I really not need to wash pillowcase? My head is driving me mad but I cannot see anything aaarrrggghhh! Is this psychological?!

LuckyAmy1986 Wed 10-Jan-18 20:40:08

Have no chemicals been proven to work?

dementedpixie Wed 10-Jan-18 21:00:28

Products like hedrin suffocate them so they can't be resistant to them. Once a day isn't necessary, every 2-3 days would suffice. No you don't need to wash pillowcases every day either

dementedpixie Wed 10-Jan-18 21:03:01

LuckyAmy1986 Wed 10-Jan-18 21:09:00

Thank you!

Sunnyjac Wed 10-Jan-18 22:28:55

Comb and conditioner until you see no more eggs. Treatments very quickly become ineffective. Then just comb once a week

mamato3lads Wed 10-Jan-18 22:32:05

Get the nitty gritty comb , it's brilliant, no need for lotions and potions , just the comb. Works better than anything out there

ghostyslovesheets Wed 10-Jan-18 22:33:05

Hedrin and a Nitty Gritty

LouiseCM Wed 10-Jan-18 22:37:40

Also, boil wash her bedding and towels.

dementedpixie Wed 10-Jan-18 22:39:21

You do not need to boil wash towels and bedding

wiltingfast Wed 10-Jan-18 22:45:41

For gods sake buy a bloody treatment. And Do It Twice. At least. Please.

While you're farting about with conditioner, your child is running around infecting all and bloody sundry. For WEEKS. Ffs


LyraPotter Wed 10-Jan-18 22:51:04

Growing up my mum worked in an incredibly rough primary school and she was forever getting head licd from the kids and then passing them on to us. Having had them about 20 times I can safely say that a full treatment and then incredible patience with a comb is the only thing that works.

If she's brought them home from school try sending her in in plaits for a few days, as it helps stop them getting in in the first place.

Delatron Wed 10-Jan-18 22:54:31

They don't become resistant to treatments like hedrin. I don't know why people won't use it! It gets rids of the eggs too. I combed through for a few days after but nits, eggs all gone. Otherwise you will have to comb fastidiously for weeks. If you miss one egg/nit it will be an ongoing problem and your child will be infecting others.

clippedcasuals Wed 10-Jan-18 22:59:12

No need for treatment. Just condition and get out with tooth comb. If it's a bad infestation I tend to do everyday for a few days until clear and then every time hair is washed just run through hair and add it into hair washing routine.

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