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Bloody head lice

(17 Posts)
BadElsa Thu 12-Oct-17 21:38:49

Seriously are we just going to have this forever. Been two weeks of treatments and the little buggers keep reappearing. Feel like crying/ banging head against brick wall

Honkyzeke Thu 12-Oct-17 21:52:47

Had this at the beginning of the year with my DD had months of trying every shampoo and lotion you can buy, spent an absolute fortune and just as I thought I’d got rid of them there they were again!! In the end I spent about a month every night sitting down with a lot of conditioner in DDs hair and had a good hour of systematically combing through her hair(very long hair!) and cleaning the comb after every stroke until eventually it got to the point(weeks later!) that I had combed every one out but even then i still kept going for a little while after just to be sure! It was a nightmare! Comb and conditioner and little patience is the way to go in my experience! Good luck!

Wolfiefan Thu 12-Oct-17 21:55:30

What treatment?

dementedpixie Thu 12-Oct-17 21:58:26

They have a 3 week life cycle so 2 weeks is not enough time to get rid of them. What treatments do you use and are you combing in between too?

NoMoreRoomOnTheBroom Fri 13-Oct-17 14:08:45

Ex hairdresser here. Lice can live off the human head for 3 days. Wash towels as often as you can at a high temperature and also pillow cases etc. And imho, the best way of getting rid of head lice and nits is a good old fashioned nit comb and conditioner. The nit comb breaks the legs of the Lice so they are unable to move and mate and feed off the scalp of the host. I also recommend whenever you wash your hair, always use a nit comb and conditioner, even if you haven't got them. Prevention is better than cure.

dementedpixie Fri 13-Oct-17 14:10:14

Nhs says no need for hot washing of everything. I would clean out hair brushes and not share them

dementedpixie Fri 13-Oct-17 14:11:08

Have never heard the breaking legs story tbh. Is it not to remove then rather than break their legs?

cupofchai Fri 13-Oct-17 14:13:53

What worked for us was Hedrin (once) then combining with nitty gritty and conditioner.

Then the stubborn egg removal kit from Hedrin. Then literally husband with torch and me checking every freaking strand of hair every day.

Then we did Hedrin once again a week later and the stubborn egg removal kit. Combed again. Checked again. That really did work.

dementedpixie Fri 13-Oct-17 14:14:31

www.chc.org/homedir/mistakenadvice.cfm

RatherBeRiding Fri 13-Oct-17 14:16:38

Conditioner and nit comb every 2 or 3 days until clear. Then check once a week.

It's endless in primary school. You think you've finally got rid on them.....then they're back.

Finally saw the last of head lice in the early years of secondary school.

Bloody nightmare.

HateHomework Fri 13-Oct-17 14:17:22

What worked for us was coconut oil with tea tree oil for two hours and lots of combing x

Honkyzeke Fri 13-Oct-17 20:32:55

Have never heard the breaking legs story tbh. Is it not to remove then rather than break their legs?

I was thinking that and I now vaguely remember a rhyme from my primary school days in the late 80s, “break their legs and they won’t lay eggs”!
Obviously rubbish as any lice I’ve ever combed out are always very wriggly & active.

BethAds Mon 23-Oct-17 19:52:15

I know it sounds bizarre that people offer this service, but all of mine (and me) had suffered with head lice and I was totally fed up with dealing with them - then found out that in the US there's a service that sorts it out for you! Lo and behold, looked it up here and I've even got a local clinic NitNot.com that does it. Went for it, paid my money (cheaper than the others I saw) and it was amazing! Took a little while in the clinic (luckily very discreet), but they use something that 'hoovers' the hair, then special comb (even more special than the Nitty Gritty which we were using), free follow up appt and we are all clear! If you're n Hertfordshire try Nitnot.com, but there might be others further afield.

heretohelpGB Tue 24-Oct-17 23:25:27

Can I ask a stupid question please? When you say conditioner and nit comb what do you mean exactly? As in do you wash their hair every day then condition it and then use comb and then wash out conditioner?

I am being driven demented by headlice and want to use half term to dedicate to getting rid of these darned things!

Thank you!

Reading with interest! Third lot of love since going back to school I’m sick to death of them. I’m struggling with the eggs in the very fine hair so I’ll have a look for that egg removal kit.

LivvyA Mon 30-Oct-17 12:53:47

I totally agree with the other poster, Nitnot.com saved me from insanity! I was going round and round in circles trying to find a solution! (No pun intended!) I went to the Hemel branch, thought I might have to disguise myself going in LOL but it was actually quite discreet! smile
Honestly if you are hit with lice in your home, don't bother with anything else. Let me save you the trouble!! Just go to Nitnot.com!

stshapbl Wed 01-Nov-17 19:33:30

Another advocate of conditioner. I used to use essential oils and leave overnight and rinse with vinegar but conditioner mist effective. Wash hair with normal shampoo and then apply conditioner. Whilst conditioner is on comb thoroughly with fine toothed comb for at least ten to twenty minutes! Repeat twice more, three days apart as this doesn't kill eggs.

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