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Took dds to hairdressers today ..

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Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 17:52:51

.. and they both came out with what looked like dandruff. As they hadn't let me brush their hair for two days, I thought it was an accumulation of dried skin. However, my sister took one look at them and said 'get them to a chemist for a second opinion'. Well, I took them to two, both of which said yes, it's head lice. So, my question to all you wise MNers, is how can you have white things but absolutely no moving things? TIAXX Carla

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 18:40:08


Yorkiegirl Thu 30-Dec-04 18:42:46

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Potty1 Thu 30-Dec-04 18:53:19

Carla - they must have had a fully grown one which has laid and then moved on or been combed/brushed out.

Blossomhill Thu 30-Dec-04 18:54:01

I always thought the eggs were like a browny colour.

Potty1 Thu 30-Dec-04 18:55:06

I think thats after they've hatched Blossom.........or is it before?

Blossomhill Thu 30-Dec-04 18:57:44

I am really itching now. Poor dd has had them loads because there was an epidemic at one stage. There was 1 girl in her class running alive and the mum wasn't treating them. The insane thing is that the teacher is not allowed to mention it to the parent or can the school suggest a child gets treated or stays off until they are clear.

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 18:57:47

Thanks for the info. What's the lifecycle of these things? School finished on 17th which is presumably where they got infected.

WigWamBam Thu 30-Dec-04 19:02:35

Some info on life-cycle and so on here , Carla. Have you combed/treated their heads yet?

Potty1 Thu 30-Dec-04 19:03:22

7-10 days from laying to hatching Carla, although I think Blossom is right and white eggs are hatched eggs.

Blossomhill Thu 30-Dec-04 19:03:37

I have always combed for 14 days as that is the life cycle.

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:36:41

Aaaaaaagh .... any clues as to bedlinen and hairbrushes? PLEASE????

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:37:48

Potty, if white eggs are hatched, surely we's see something moving (she says hopefully)???

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:40:19

Poor little things are being treated with Lyclear as we speak (wouldn't let me do it). Would you treat yourselves as well? DD1 sleeps with dh, dd2 with me, but I'm not itchy at all and dh has hardly enough hair to call it such???

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:42:56

God, Blossom, that is insane. We always have huge government health warnings in our school when someone has them. And I'll certainly tell their teachers - only fair, I think

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:43:50

Yes, it has just dawned on me I'm having a conversation with myself

Potty1 Thu 30-Dec-04 19:50:23

I'm the only Potty1 around here .

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:51:00

PLEASE could someone tell me about hairbrushes and bedlinen? Should I boil them??? desperate CarlaXX

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 19:53:43


Potty1 Thu 30-Dec-04 19:56:03

I think they only live for a short while once they aren't on a head Carla.

It says here that you don't need to.

Blossomhill Thu 30-Dec-04 19:56:12

Carlas - they are so, so hard to spot.
If possible avoid using chemicals as in my experience they do not work. The little bu**ers are becoming resistant to them. Combing with a nit comb and cheap conditioners is the only method I have found that really works. You have to keep up the combing for at least 7-10 days. I always do it for 14 days though to make sure.

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 20:00:00

So for 2 dds with the thickest of hair and greatest resiliance to any form of brushing .. I've just got to dig my heels in? What fun we're about to have

Carla Thu 30-Dec-04 20:15:18

I'm really sorry to overdo this, but has anyone else had a child with long, thick hair, and been able to oust nits? Should I have it just cut short?

Blossomhill Thu 30-Dec-04 20:18:21

I know carla it's a nightmare. The amount of times I put dd infront of Monsters Inc (it's her fav.)

gothicmama Thu 30-Dec-04 20:22:24

carla hats and hair brushes in poly bag adn into freezer for a day. Change bed linen, wash as normal. FOr long hair tie up securely for school and comb through with conditioner and nit comb at least twice a week.

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