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if DS # 1 gets it? There is an outbreak in his Kindergarten class. We use tea tree shampoo already. Is this enough to repel the little buggers? UGGHHH. I am scratching my head as I type this.
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I don't know about repelling them (TTO would spring to mind, though) but for killing, the best way, imho, is to smother the lice. Use a thick, oily substance - mayonnaise, olive oil, vegetable oil, something like that - at bedtime, and cover tightly w/ plastic wrap. This usually works like a charm. It washes out relatively well with dishwashing soap in the morning. Usually you have to repeat it in a week, to catch any nits. A fine-toothed combing the next morning is also a good thing.

Then of course be sure to launder everything (bedding, etc.) on hot, get new hairbrushes (or wash & boil them), run non-washables (stuffed animals) through a hot dryer or bag them in sealed trash bags for a week or two.

Good luck. I hope your DS avoids the lice!

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Neem oil is also very good at killing and preventing lice.

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peppermint oil?!

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Thanks mamas. I will continue the tea tree wash and hope he doesn't get it. I went to Whole Foods last night and there is a myriad of organic sprays and washes each with a slightly different mix of herbs available. Tea tree oil is a natural repellant along with a few other herbs. Since I already have the tea tree oil wash, I'll just keep using that.
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peppermint oil?!
I don't know if it repels lice but he'll smell good!
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Neem oil is also very good at killing and preventing lice.
Thanks. I have never heard of neem oil....off to research....
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Make sure you don't wash the hair too often. A clean scalp is something lice love-they can hold on better. Olive oil is very effective and very natural. It suffocated them quickly.
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If you put a little, like 3 drops of tee-tree oil in your shampoo, shake it up well, the lice dont like the smell or something, annd they should stay away, try it.........

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We used tea tree shampoo too but also made a spray of about 10 drops of tea tree oil per cup of water and that's what I use to wet down dd's hair before school. So far no lice and there was an outbreak at her school earlier this year.

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Lice is making the rounds right now near me. Ds has started scratching and I really hope he doesn't have them! He won't sit still and let me look...argh! I'm going to be cutting his hair short (sorry pup pup). Then, I'll do a mayo, olive oil and tea tree treatment once a week for a while. I usually only leave it in for 2 hours.
Never had to do ds's hair (just my own when I worked with children). This should be quite interesting.
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If you turn the water a little hotter than usual that is supposed to get them, too. They perish in extra warm/hot water - I've been told.
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I don't know about repelling them (TTO would spring to mind, though) but for killing, the best way, imho, is to smother the lice. Use a thick, oily substance - mayonnaise, olive oil, vegetable oil, something like that - at bedtime, and cover tightly w/ plastic wrap.
How do you secure this for sleeping? I can't picture how to do this.
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I'm in Irving (suburb of Dallas) and I think my 10 month old has it too!!

And since we spotted it in his hair, MY scalp has started itching!!! Is it all in my mind?? We all share a bed so it's likely I caught the buggers too but I dread the thought of oiling up my long locks and combing through! ugh! on baby it will be much easier!!

p.s. search the word "lice" on the mothering site and read a delightful article "Confessions of a Nitpicker- A mother learns to love - well, okay, accept - her Children's Lice" by Christine Schoefer
It also ends with suggestions

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