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Lice - I've seen the ads

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serialreturner · 04/10/2020 11:04

We're on 4th/5th (who can remember?) go of trying to get rid of these...

Hedrin, Full Marks, something else, wet combing with conditioner...

Still here! Anyone have any bullet proof tips?

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dementedpixie · 04/10/2020 11:56

Comb every few days for 3 weeks or do treatment every 7 days for 3 weeks - or do a mix. Life cycle is 3 weeks so only treating twice is not enough

WINDOLENE · 04/10/2020 15:22

Use conditioner every wash to. Its just being thorough. Nasty little critters

RainbowRaine · 04/10/2020 15:49

This stuff, have only found it for sale on Amazon.

Lice - I've seen the ads
serialreturner · 04/10/2020 21:17

Thanks all. Will let you know how we get on.

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CamillasHardHat · 04/10/2020 22:38

They covered lice on radio 4 woman's hour on 24th August, you can still listen to it as a podcast, it's 22 minutes in.

They still recommend using conditioner. Lice move incredibly fast but when wet they stay still. So conditioner is good as it keeps them wet and when combing it loosens the grip of the lice. They have claws designed to grip human hair.

Apparently some children don't react to the bites so don't scratch and head lice end up being passed around a classroom. They like any hair, clean or dirty.

It was the one time my Mum regretted not allowing me to cut my waist length hair was when I got nits and she had to comb conditioner through my hair.

serialreturner · 05/10/2020 09:14

See it's weird - I never had them as a child, ever - for whatever reason - so when DD was scratching at first I didn't know what I was looking for.

I did actually pull one louse out of her hair thinking it was a bit of grass (rolling about in the garden all day) not envy Envy

We're all treated and conditioner will be deployed tomorrow and Friday I think.

The Woman's Hour episode was great - must listen again.

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paranoiamumma · 05/10/2020 09:25

I use luckiest shampoo , usually every 5 days for 3 weeks I comb the hair with a nitty gritty , my daughter has waist length hair it works. I then spray her hair with hairspray in the mean time .

happy97 · 05/10/2020 09:31

Tea tree oil! I bought shampoo and conditioner with it in and bought the oil from Boots and added more. That combined with regular combing finally got rid of them.

MrsMigginsMate · 05/10/2020 09:35


This stuff, have only found it for sale on Amazon.

I second this. It actually kills the eggs and the instructions say there's no need for combing. In my experience combing always leaves one or two behind and the whole cycle can start again, this really does work.

My sister swears by 3 applications of lyclear every 7 days, based on the life cycle of the nit being 10 days. That way she doesn't have to comb as she hates doing it. That seems to work for her too.
tywysoges · 05/10/2020 09:46

Hedrin once + nitty gritty are my weapons of choice. On the 3rd day after the hedrin treatment, I normally do a conditioner combing, and then just the nitty gritty after a normal wash, but mostly as prevention - my reasoning being DD probably got it from friends (no siblings), if they are not treated she will just keep getting them.

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