i second that you shouldn't use the treatment unbless you see lice. Just check both dcs very carefully, we had them a few weeks ago and I treated me and dd with hedrin but very important to comb them with the nit comb every couple of days to check, this weeds out newly hatched lice before they are big enough to lay more eggs.
But just cos there is a lice outbreak at your school doesn't mean your dd has actually got them. We have had maybe a dozen letters since ds started school but only had nits once.
You can skip the treatment lotions completely if you want.
How I lice-hunt is: Wash hair well. Apply some conditioner. Comb thru with a fine nit comb (any brand will do the job ime). Hold the comb up to the light and look for tiny brown specs. If they are headlice, they will wiggle (you can see the legs wiggling), you may have to separate the brown spec from the comb and look at it on your finger tip to be sure. Until you have find one, you won't understand what they looks like.
If you find any, then hunt for more until you're fed up. Put found ones on tissue or rinse off in the sink. Repeat this procedure for 3 nights in a row, then repeat every other 2-3 nights for at least 2 weeks, to catch all the little nightmares.
thanks everyone.....cause its the first time i've come across the situation i didn't know what to do
when i said treat i ment with the tea tree repellent shampoo i have. i ve given them a good scrubbing and put some leave in tea tree spary in the older ones hair.
i don't have the major heebies about them and know they've got to get the buggers at some point but this close to christmas and going to various people over christmas i don't thi nk i can face it........and i'm always the bad one who has to administer things to the kids.
I do what peanutbutterkid does, and it really works, even better than chemicals. You get used to nits over time - last Xmas one of the kids got a microscope and we put a couple of nits under there, and watched them squirm to death on the glass slide (haha! revenge!!) Revolting but strangely fascinating.
Short hair for boys and tied back hair for girls is very helpful in minimising the nit events in the household, as is doing a routine nit combing session every Sunday evening at bathtime (they take 10 days to really get established).
PS I never ever travel without a nit comb. The ones you buy abroad are crap and sometimes even black, which means you can't see whether there are any there! Also it is very hard asking for nit combs in Turkish or whatever. I also travel with threadworm tablets for that reason.