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#1 of 12 Old 01-08-2005, 11:55 PM - Thread Starter
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Somehow my entire family has gotten head lice. I first noticed it when my daughter had been complaining of her head itching for several days. After checking her head daily, I realized it she had lice. I figured I have it too as my head has been itchy as well (no one will check my hair for me...). Just today I found lice on my 14 month old as well. I treated my DD hair and my own 2 days ago...I've been washing EVERYTHING daily. I am still picking bugs out of my DD's hair too.

What can I do to get us lice free? I read vaseline in the hair, I also read some EO's can get rid of them. (Before I knew this was lice, I put TTO on DD's hair one night after a bath. She said she quit itching, but the next day was itching again) Does anyone have first hand experience?

Help me please!
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Okay, I do not have first hand experience, however, I have read and have heard from others who have experienced this that mayonaisse (sp?) put into the hair and left on overnight with saran wrap overtop will smother the lice. Also, I think I remember reading that eucalyptis (sp?) oil in the laundry supposedly helps. After you get it cleared up, if you put 10-15 drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo bottle the lice supposedly do not like it. I have done this for a long time and when my kids had to be in daycare for a short time, head lice broke out and they did not get it. Let me know if this helps!

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I have one word for you: Denorex. Yep, the dandruff shampoo. My DD got a bad case a couple of years ago and DH searched the web and kept coming up with amazing Denorex success stories. So we tried it, it really worked in one shampooing BUT you must make sure you comb out all the eggs. We washed DD's hair once a day for a week to be sure, combed it out throughly every time.

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I found a website full of ideas that are natural...www.homemakingcottage.com/health/lice.html
Hope this helps!

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I saw mention of using Suave Shampoo and/or conditioner. supposedly something in the coconut and vanilla versions they dont like. I can say it apparently worked for me. both mine had bad cases. I only did my standard cleaning of the house, washed the sheets and pillows (the matresses have zippered plastic covers on them) and "nitpicked" for a couple of days and thats all. Despite the severe cases both the kids had and my continuouse close contact with the little one I didnt get it. I happen to use Suave Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. Now I buy it for my kids to use as well. Havent had a problem since and its been almost a year.
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Rinse the hair with vinager and do not rinse the vinager out. The smell goes away over night and the lice do not like it, so they will avoid that head of hair.

This is after you have one kid clear, to avoid reinfecting.

Also you need a small toothed comb like you get for baby's cradle cap. You need to scrap the eggs off the hair roots and dispose of them (flushed in bleach water??).

About 6 yrs ago, I was at the laundry mat and this woman comes in with oodles of stuff exclaiming how she had lice all over her house and had to wash everything. She had comforters, curtains, stuffed chairs and animals -- everything material. She washed everything in hot water with bleach -- fading her dd favorite stuffed animals! I was freaking out b/c she was using the laundry mat bathroom sink to wash her hair with lice shampoo and the lice were crawling in the sink!!! I was either pregnant or had my nb w/ me and I wanted to leave there soooo badly but couldn't leave my wash.

Point, things your family roll on, sleep on etc need to have the lice eggs removed and the lice killed. I have heard that you can put non-washables in a garbage bag entill they die. I would wash everything I could in hottest water (turn your therm up on the water heater) and use bleach when you can. If I couldn't use bleach on an item I think I might try TTO or Eucaliptus or vinager for more than one wash and then place the item in a garbage bag until I could be sure the lice were dead.

Don't use community coat racks (schools, churches etc). Don't share hats, hair accessories, combs, brushes even among family members, especially if one family member attends school.

My mil used mayo on her children, it worked then. She is also the one who told me about the vinager.
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Olive oil! It worked just as good for me as the vasoline but rinsed out of dd's hair much easier.The both do the same thing...suffocate the little bugs. It tookalmost 2 weeks to get all the vasoline out of her hair...poor kid had the greasiest hair! Here is what we did:

Get all the nits out with a nit comb.
Saturate the hair with olive oil.
Cover hair with plastic shower cap for 8 hours.
Rinse out with a small amount of dishwashing soap.

It worked great for us! Oh and lots of vaccuuming & doing laundry (hot wash & dry). Good luck!
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I posted this a long time ago, but here it is again. Good luck!

I saved this for a rainy day...and good thing I have, it's vanished from the web. You do realise that Nix and other treatments are toxic to your kids as well as the lice? Just be aware of that if you decide to use it.



My Gift to Mums and Dads everywhere.

The day my two girls came home from school with notes about head lice, I
was mortified to find that they were in fact, infested, along with many
of their friends and schoolmates. Then followed eight or nine weeks with
many hair treatments and expensive pharmacy medications, much changing
and washing of bedding and various house cleanings said to prevent
reinfestation. With no clear improvement after all this work, it was
obvious we had insecticide resistant lice. My nerves and my precarious
family budget had taken a beating and I was as mad as hell.

If you are as angry and frustrated as I was at the hours and money
ineffectually squandered on lice control, read on. This is how I beat
resistant head lice in my childrens long thick hair, without using
dangerous pesticides, without using smelly chemicals, without washing
bedding several times a week, without endless hours of nit picking, and
without straining the meagre family budget.

After a lot of experimentation I had found that a very strong salt solution
killed active lice.(See note 1 below) My budget could still manage
salt, so I then tried various salted g
oo mixes on my head until I found
one that stayed in place and was simple to remove. Words cannot express
the tremendous satisfaction of combing only dead lice out of the childrens
hair after having used my cheap, easily made mixture. An additional
bonus was that the whole procedure was acceptable to the kids. It seems
unlikely that my idea is totally original. Anything so effective must surely
surface somewhere.

Take one regular bottle of bath or shower gel (See note 2 below) and add
one sixth of its volume of ordinary dry table salt (See note 3 below).
Mixing gently will produce a thickish gritty liquid . Allow to stand 30
mins, stir gently and then transfer to a ketchup type squeeze bottle
with a nozzle for application. This is by far the easiest method of
application. Some undissolved salt is normal. Ignore.

Provide a face towel to keep the mix out of eyes. Do not apply unless
you are sure that you have sufficient water to rinse the mixture off.
Apply the mixture to a dry head so that the hair is coated from root to tip
leaving no dry areas as hiding places for lice. Be generous in the
application. A full head of hair may take 6 ounces/180 ml. or more. Tie
the hair into a scarf and set the kids to watch TV or other quiet activity.
Leave the salt/gel on the head 30 to 60 mins then shower off or rinse
with plenty of water. The use of a good lice comb (See note 4 below)
should show dead lice. Then you know that you are well on the road
to success.

Continued Treatment:
Repeat the mixture application every 4 days for 5 treatments. This
ensures that you are well in front of the normal breed/hatch life cycle
of head lice. (See note 5 below). If any lice escaped the first
treatment, if any hatched in the meantime, or if any chanced to find
their way back to the head from bedding or soft toys, they are going to
be killed in the next treatment before they have had a chance to lay
eggs(nits). I no longer worry about nits, or try to pick them out. As long
as no new eggs are laid the old egg cases(nits) will eventually be removed
through normal hair care. If one of your children has head lice, there is a
strong possibility that some or all of the others are also infested. Much
work can often be saved by treating all alike. Maybe parents too!

Be Watchful.
With the treatment finished and all heads clear of lice, be alert to the
possibility of re-infestation from other children. Regular inspection is
essential. Here's how. Damp the hair and apply conditioner. Comb
through with a good lice comb carefully checking for lice. Do this
perhaps every 7 to 10 days and immediately restart the treatment if
you see lice. Do not wait for the kids to complain of an itchy head.
You should seriously consider treating the whole family likewise, as
a precaution. If nothing else, it stops adults from itching when thinking
of head lice!!!

Feel good.
I feel I have regained control of my life after using this method of
lice control. For two girls with long hair this regime only adds about
20 mins a week to their normal hygiene routines. This method has
saved me much time and money and taken all of the frustration out
of lice control. Best of all, I know I shall be in control if re-infestation
ever occurs.

Publish, and be thanked!
I am posting this in the sincere hope that YOU will help me to give this
treatment method the widest possible distribution. There must be a huge
number of people at their wits end dealing with this all too common
problem. Help them to help themselves by printing and sharing this
Email to friends and relatives. Your PTA and youth organisations would
also help to spread the word far and wide. Your help in this is eagerly
sought and will most certainly be appreciated. Please make every effort
to send this message in it's entirety so that the recipients can also
pass it on complete. If you are able to translate this into other
languages and distribute, please feel free to do so. It may not be
possible to rid the world of head lice, but we can go a long way towards
reducing the nuisance value of these pests and to remove much of the
social stigma attached to them.

If you email questions that I am capable of answering, I will post a
follow up with the collected answers. I am not an expert, just a mother.
I am sorry, but I lack the time to enter into individual correspondence.

We would be thrilled to receive short notes by regular mail telling how the
treatment went. The girls are keen on postage stamps and this would
also provide a welcome source of new stamps. Small donations towards
the girls education would be welcome, but do not feel obliged in any way.
We always scrape by somehow. Our thoughts and our thanks are with

Mae Loat
PO Box 402
Box Hill Victoria
Australia 3128


Note 1.
Death by salt probably occurs by loss of body fluids through
soft membranes and body openings. This is just my theory.

Note 2.
Shower/bath gels are not created equal. If the product you try collapses
to a thin liquid once the salt is added, try another brand. Here in
Australia I used "Dencorub" mineral bath gel. Before trying this on my girls
I used the treatment on myself. After a 2 hour test the goo rinsed out of my
hair easily, and apart from a little skin dryness had no other effects. If
you or your children have sensitive skin, prudence would suggest a small
test of the solution.

Note 3
The salt gel is composed of: Six parts of shower or bath gel, gently
mixed with One part of granulated table salt. Example 1: 20 ounce bottle
of bath/shower gel ( 20 divided by 6 ) equals 3.3 ounces of dry
granulated table salt to be added. Example 2: 375ml bottle of bath/shower
gel (375 divided by 6) equals 62.5 ml of dry granulated table salt to be
Please note that the dry volume of granulated table salt is near equal
to its weight. So that 3.3 ounces of table salt by dry volume measure
would in fact weigh near enough to 3.3 ounces for our purpose. Equally,
62.5 ml dry volume measure table salt weighs close to 62.5 grams. If you
have sensitive scales you can measure by weight if you prefer. Minor
variations of gel to salt ratio appear to be of no real significance.

Note 4.
Get an efficient lice comb. The ones with short tines are useless and rip
the hair. Kids hate them because they hurt. I now use a lice comb with
long round metal tines that slips through wet hair and is really
effective on lice, dead or alive. The one I use is called a
"LiceMeister" but there are others on the market. Any good pharmacy will
order items not currently stocked. If you do nothing else, you must do
this. If you have ordered a comb, you may wish to start the treatment
and then check the results later when the comb arrives. Not ideal, but
much better than doing nothing.

Note 5.
If one application is skipped for any reason, make every effort to apply
the treatment on the following day, and every 4 days after that until
completed. Skipping applications completely may lead to hardy head lice
being able to lay eggs and start the cycle all over again. Avoid this if
at all possible.
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You know when things happen to your family and you think, man I know right where to look to see what I posted and the other great post...
Well, here I am after midnight b/c my MIL told me to take a close look at my 3 yr old's head b/c he was scratching a lot. Man his head was red and when I started looking I saw scabs, then the black little things and I was like freaking out.
I got him away from my 15 mo old, tomorrow AM vinegar is going in her hair.
I couldn't think straight, but I grabbed the mayo from the frig and the vinegar from under the sink. I mixed the 2 together, warmed it up a bit and rubbed it in his hair -- the vinegar burned his little bites, I felt so bad.
I don't have a nit comb, but I used our baby comb. I found 5 biggums -- I'm itchy all over just at the thought. I saw white eggs and the black 'eggs' and a few little lice. Fortunately the biggums were dead from the mayo and vinegar mixture.
I sprayed vinegar/water w/ EO (which I use for all kinds of things) all over our couch hoping that it will deter any lice from camping out there. I have my ds2 sheets and a few clothing items to wash before I hit the hay.
I'm putting new sheets on our bed and vinegar in my hair as well. So much for church tomorrow...
Anyway, I'm so glad I can go on-line search this thread and gleen off of it not only what I myself had posted, but also the other great post I remembered reading. Thanks...
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My mw uses and recomends tea tree oil. She add some to the shampoo and washes I cant remember if its every day or what. Just remember it tea tree oil and that its worked for everybody she has suggested it to.
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When I was a little kid we put mayo in my hair NEVER again! It didnt wash out. For my dry hair we used oilve oil which didnt make the horible mess mayo did
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