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#1 of 5 Old 01-26-2007, 08:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay before I run out and get a chemical to put on dd are there any other methods? I heard olive oil but not sure where to go with that. Help!
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Olive oil or petroleum Jelly on the head all over.

let it set for about 12 hours and then wash it out.

Gosh we had a thread here. Let me look for it because I can't remember exactly how long to let it set in the hair.

But that works much better than any of the shampoos or whatever they have in the pharmacy.

I will call dd, she knows exactly. Be right back.
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ok, she said to first wash the hair with water as hot as you can stand it. Then blow dry the hair over the tub on the hottest setting.

Lice do not like heat and will jump off your head into the tub.

She said you can have a vacuum sweeper ready to get them out of the tub.

She will look up the time frame as to how long to leave the olive oil/petroleum jelly in the hair.
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You can try the nuvo method. http://nuvoforheadlice.com/ It uses Cetaphil cleanser. I did it with my kids and it worked. Be sure to do it three times (once a week). I also nit-picked every day for 2 weeks, then every other day for a week. Now I routinely check them once every week or two weeks. Except if a notice comes home from school about lice in the classroom, then I check them every day for a week then for sure once a week for a month.

For olive oil, you should do it 2 times a week for 3 weeks. Saturate the hair with oil, put on a shower cap and tie a bandana around the cap to keep oil from leaking out. Leave on overnight. The next morning, go through with a nit comb with the oil still in the hair. Then wash hair using a clarifying type shampoo (or some people suggest Dawn dish liquid), blow dry, and comb with nit comb again.

Definitely do the blow drying step. A scientist has invented a blow dryer thing that is supposed to kill lice so I think a regular blow dryer would help too. http://unews.utah.edu/p/?r=101906-9
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also make sure you've actually got nits.
we've got KP in the family my dd and I have it so far (keratosis pilaris)
anyways the plugs that form (ever see people with white bumps on their upper arms?) look like eggs except they wont' attach to a hair like an egg would...

my dd I treated her so many times for 'lice' as she had the what looked like white eggs I treated her mostly naturally finally with the last note from school dragged her into the gp (which my GP said I should have done the first time as you want to make sure especially if you are using the harsh chemicals that the child actually does have active infestation as I guess if its just one lonely nit and no mate or sometimes the eggs aren't viable....) she said many times treatment isn't necessary.

I find it interesting that most societies in which the women customarily had long hair 'oiled' their hair. Also braiding it helps I remember...

8 might be enough
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