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Anyone who has successfully got rid of nits - how dd you do it?

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MrsPotato Wed 02-Jan-13 19:46:30

I am desperate for any advice and tips. Dd is in Y1 and has had nits since September. She has severe asthma so products aren't an option. I use conditioner and the Nitty Gritty comb.

I'm obviously not doing it right because they keep coming back! I comb for about 45 mins and then again when her hair is still wet and she is out of the bath. I also do dd2 at the same time (not at school or nursery) and myself. I do this at least twice a week and always find loads on dd1's hair, a few in dd2's and none in mine.

I was so looking forward to the Xmas holidays as a chance to get rid of them as I thought I was clearing them and then she was getting them from school again. But I found another one today!

What am I doing wrong?

mumteacher Thu 03-Jan-13 23:37:40

My sister used them and says the nits have not returned.

FiftyShadesofTurkeyGravy Thu 03-Jan-13 23:45:01

(Marking place, as I'm sure I'll be needing these helpful tips some day soon! Thanks...)

MrsPotato Mon 28-Jan-13 13:22:28

Just wanted to update and say thank you! I followed lots of the advice on here and got rid of them completely.. Found eggs 2 days later but got rid with daily wet and dry combing, wiping the comb after each stroke.

I remembered this thread when I was combing through last night and found none - nit free for 3 weeks! Thanks again.

PastSellByDate Tue 29-Jan-13 13:37:49

Hi Mrs Potato

I know this sounds overkill - but try changing sheets & pyjamas as well.

If toys are taken to bed - consider whether these could be a hiding place - if washable throw them in for good measure too.

we had a really bad infestation and no amount of cheap conditioner & nit comb from boots (which normally does the job) would win. We kept having one or two crop up. Changed sheets & pyjams. Did a quick vac down sides of bed and mattress. And hey presto - problem solved.

One thing we have found is that they are getting more and more resistant to shampoos - so investing in a good nit comb and cheap conditioner has been more effective for us.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Tue 29-Jan-13 13:52:22

I take the annoying as hell finger nail approach. Dd has alot of long fine hair, so the combs don't do anything, it takes 4 hours to completely do her. Strand by blinking strand. (After coating her in anti-nit product).

spanky2 Tue 29-Jan-13 13:56:47

Obsessive combing with the nit comb. I used full marks too. Poor you.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Tue 29-Jan-13 13:59:20

I use whatever product my local chemist isnt selling alot of. I dont trust the little bleeders not to be plotting against me resilient to the popular one.

anklebitersmum Tue 29-Jan-13 15:06:13

If you're having an ongoing issue approach your doctor or ask the local pharmacist as regards options for your DD.

Personally I've always sworn by Full marks solution-goes on dry hair easily and murders them works a treat. I repeat a week later regardless and follow through with tea tree oil (ebay is cheapest but Boots sell it and if you're in with the pharmacist anyway..).

Vosene do a specific spray for prevention if you're not tea tree confident too grin

Should probably say only had 2 instances to date here but I'm on immediate notice to move the minute that letter comes home as the very thought of the little critters makes me crawl.

bexa Tue 29-Jan-13 17:38:02

nitty gritty comb is the only way!

Oblomov Tue 29-Jan-13 17:54:40

I used Hedrin Treat and go mouse. And a nit comb.
I used the mouse once and combed with the nit comb twice. They were gone.
But I used the Hedrin mouse for a second time, just to make sure.
I guess, I was one of the very very lucky ones. To be fair though, my 2 boys have quite short hair so combing was really really easy.
Unlike my friend whose 2 girls have waist lost hair. NIGHTMARE.

lalalonglegs Tue 29-Jan-13 18:18:21

I comb my three children's hair every single day without fail. Very occasionally, I find a single louse in the youngest's hair which must have arrived that day but we haven't had any outbreaks since September when I started this (very unpopular) drill.

lalalonglegs Tue 29-Jan-13 18:19:24

I use Nitty Gritty comb too - they are brilliant.

pointythings Tue 29-Jan-13 18:46:43

I wet comb thoroughly once a week and treat as soon as I find something. Fortunately DD2 is very, very allergic to them and will start scratching as soon as one sets foot on her - and if she scratches, it's wet combing time.

There was a monster outbreak over Christmas, DD2 had them and I went to get more Hedrin, only to find the shelves virtually bare!

omletta Tue 29-Jan-13 18:59:51

It's massively important to check everyone's hair weekly, using conditioner and a nit comb (nitty gritty is the best). If everyone did this there wouldn't be a problem with them.
Lavender water (few drops of oild in water) sprayed on daily seems to work well as a repellent.

alanyoung Tue 29-Jan-13 19:18:12

We could eradicate nits forever if everyone shaved their heads just once. We could have television programmes in which leading figures such as the Queen and her cronies shaved theirs and pop stars and film stars and television presenters did the same. If we all did it on the same day the head lice would have nowhere to go and we could burn the lot.

We could make it fun by having games such as 'Guess the Celebrity'

On second thoughts, perhaps it's not such a good idea as my wife has two barbers shops and we would have no customers for several weeks following the event.

pointythings Tue 29-Jan-13 19:26:29

grin at alanyoung.

But there is no excise for not checking and not treating. Let's face it, when there's an outbreak, everyone knows who the source is, and more often than not, nothing is done about it.

sumrandomgirl Tue 29-Jan-13 19:45:11

Get a Nitty gritty comb, its expensive but worth it...clear most ov the eggs as well, so less hatch next time.

lalalonglegs Tue 29-Jan-13 20:27:13

Can I add that not only do I comb each child every day with a Nitty Gritty (flicking the prongs of the comb after each stroke to get rid of anything that might have been caught in them), I also freeze the combs and any other hair-related items each night to kill any eggs that might be festering there <<obsessive nit martyr>>.

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