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Nits - what is the nuclear option?

(12 Posts)
lalalonglegs Mon 19-Sep-11 19:59:00

I have had months of fannying about with nitty gritty combs and tea-tree oil. What shampoo will blast the bastards (and their eggs) off the face of the earth angry?

Thinking11 Mon 19-Sep-11 20:06:45

How olds the child? Im a teacher of Reception children and used to get nits all the time. Since I have been straightening my hair everyday I have been nit free (around 4 years). I alko know a retired Nursery teacher who used an old gas hot brush and never got nits.

My advice would be to use straighteners to get rid of what they have now (fry the little blighters) then use tea tree shampoo, tight bobbles and hair spray to stop them getting them again.

Im not advising to straighten their hair everyday!

lalalonglegs Mon 19-Sep-11 20:13:03

They're 7, 5, and 3. The three year old is particularly infested and combing her hair is a twice-daily battle. I'm not sure using hair straighteners would be any easier to be honest sad but interesting theory. I am soooooo fed up of dealing with the buggers (nits, not children).

PonceyMcPonce Mon 19-Sep-11 20:24:26

I think Derbac M, followed by a second treatment 7 days later is as tough as it gets.


Bane of my life.

Elibean Mon 19-Sep-11 22:11:49

Hedrin Once (used twice - once a week later) works very well for my two. Its quick, apart from the four shampoos you need to get the stuff out again, and effective. And supposedly kills eggs.

workshy Mon 19-Sep-11 22:47:11

I use the straightners! -they are much more willing to have it done as they are playing princesses lol

comb out then nuke -works a treat

pourmeanotherglass Mon 19-Sep-11 22:59:45

we use the 'full marks' stuff in the pink bottle. you put it on dry hair, leave it on for 10 mins, then you can start combing them out in front of the telly.

You need to repeat after 7 days and again after 14 days.

It clearly works - I'm combing out dead nits rather than moving ones.

The conditioner / tea tree thing never worked for us - if their hair is really thick, its hard to be absolutely sure you've got them all. If you use chemicals, then if you miss the odd one, it was probably dead anyway, so won't go on to lay eggs.

My girls catch nits regularly (a couple of times a year since pre-school, and they are now years 3 and 4) and this method has always worked for us, and we have got rid of them completely within 3 weeks.

good luck

LineRunner Mon 19-Sep-11 23:43:38

At that age I'm afraid I just ended up conditioner/combing every sodding day.

They are nit free in secondary school, though.

JugglingNStruggling Sat 24-Sep-11 22:50:39

a bit of a typo there, good job it wasn't a rude one

I was going to say "you don't realise how lucky you are if yours only catch it a couple of times a year, mine caught them them day 3 of coming back to school this term!
I do the conditioner and nitty-gritty 3 or 4 nights and that usually gets rid of them all if I catch them early enough
I think kids should be sent home if they have them, that would soon get rid of the problem, why should we have to comb the hair for an hour a day 3 or 4 evenings a week for 6 years (if you just count primary school)
PS haven't had any nits for a week & a half!

saffycat Sat 24-Sep-11 22:55:40

Have been struggling with nitty children for the last three weeks. I think we have finally cracked it using a boots electrical nit comb daily that zaps nits as you comb. The children prefer it to using the chemical stuff. Have previously used full marks - which I did find effective at dealing with the nits, but children hated it.

HoHoLaughingMonster Sat 24-Sep-11 22:57:38

I second hedrin.

Combing through my 3 yo's infected mop nearly drove me (and her) to insansity last year. DD is scarred for life (mentally not physically) and still talks about it now. She still gets twitchy and upset when I start to check her hair.

Hedrin worked a treat.

It's not cheap, but if you have a care in the chemist scheme where you live you can join and get it for free from the chemist (they only allowed 2 bottles per child a year though).

InstructionsToTheDouble Sat 24-Sep-11 22:57:56

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