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Nits - what is the first sign?

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NigellaTufnel Fri 03-Jun-11 17:46:17

Hello Just spotted some tiny white circles in DS's hair, and have combed them all (hopefully) out with nit comb.
Is this the first sign of head lice? I thought we would see the lice first.

AlmightyCitrus Fri 03-Jun-11 18:00:55

Depends on all sorts! What colour is DS's hair? If it's brown then you might find the lice a bit difficult to spot, but see the cream/white eggs first. If (like my dc's) he's blonde you usually spot a moving louse first, or tiny little black baby ones clinging to a hair shaft. Sometimes you just happen to find one.

Keep combing, keep checking..and do yourself while you're at it!

Horrible things. Eurgh.

NigellaTufnel Fri 03-Jun-11 18:06:25

He is bright ginger! the white things were tiny though. How big are they?

AlmightyCitrus Fri 03-Jun-11 18:12:52

Teeny tiny! Like grains of sand. The lice will probably blend in nicely with ginger hair!
If you've not got one, get one of the nitty gritty combs from boots. They're about £10 but, sad to say you'll probably get your use out of it.

<starts scratching>

NigellaTufnel Fri 03-Jun-11 18:25:59

Inot looking forward to the next couple of days. Should I expect more tomorrow?

Beamur Fri 03-Jun-11 18:30:46

You often know your kids have nits when they start scratching. Behind the ears is a favourite spot.
If you have an infestation, it will take a few weeks work to get rid of it.
You can get various stuff to put on the hair but the least nasty way of getting rid of them is to wet comb the hair with conditioner on. I've never used Hedrin but apparently its good.
Tea tree is supposed to help deter them too, use shampoo/conditioner or add a couple of drops of the oil to rinse water.
One colleague kept nits at bay in his son by routinely combing his hair with a nit comb once a week, got rid of any stray bugs before they got chance to breed.
Makes me itch just thinking about it. My DSC's got nits a lot.

AlmightyCitrus Fri 03-Jun-11 18:34:07

If you're going for the combing method, then every 3 days (I think) is sufficient. Load of conditioner, comb and rinse. Although, after 8 years of nits, I'm more inclined to reach straight for the hedrin!

letsgetloud Sat 04-Jun-11 14:16:41

Same here, 8 years of nits. They are like part of the family now.

If all kids have them (I have four kids) then I will use hedrin on all of them myself included and nit comb. After that nit comb with nitty gritty comb.

The only time I kept them at bay for any lenght of time was when I nitty gritted all their hairs once or twice a week for a good few months. Once i got lax my younger kids would get them again.

I have three girls and one boy. So, nitty gritty combing that amount of long hair and my own constantly is extremely time consuming.

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