Mothering Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
335 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
A friend just got a call from her doctor telling her that she can not BF'ed and do the lice treatments at the same time!! Please tell me there is something that can be done?!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,744 Posts
Most of the Lice in the US are resistant to such treatments as RID and Nix anyway. The only thing that has ever gotten rid of them in my family for any significant amount of time is a LOT of physically removing the nits with a fine-toothed comb and heavy oil treatments.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,219 Posts
The stuff they use for lice is really toxic. I have heard that you can treat lice "naturally" by applying lots of olive oil or mayonnaise to your hair, wrapping it tightly with saran wrap for a certain period of time and "suffocating" the lice. Also washing it in really hot water and using a "nit comb".<br><br>
I don't know the details -- this is all 2nd hand, but I would investigate more natural solutions.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,744 Posts
Any kind of vegetable oil will work, or even mineral oil, vaseline, or mayonaisse in a pinch. You have to completely saturate the hair until it is dripping and leave it on for quite awhile, at least overnight.<br><br>
Just because it's natural doesn't mean it isn't dangerous: oil is very slippery, so a child could fall and injure him/herself very easily. It is also flammable. Don't underestimate what a pain it is to remove the oil completely from hair, either.<br><br>
It's also important to physically remove the nits afterward. Plain, cheap conditioner can be used to make the comb go through the hair more easily. We had one variety of louse that could not be combed out and I had to literally pick them off each strand of my children's hair with my fingernails.<br><br>
Shaving the head doesn't work either, as I learned the hard way, since head lice actually live on the scalp.<br><br>
There are some good threads on getting rid of head lice in TAO that aren't too terribly old. It's definitely not worth traumatizing a baby with premature weaning just to be able to use products that don't even work, though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,905 Posts
I was pumping for my little ones in the NICU and had to do a treatment. NICU docs, and ped and pharmacist never said anything about it. I asked and double checked before doing it.<br><br>
If it helps at all I have since discovered that TTO mixed with conditioner and combed out with the special comb worked just as well.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,518 Posts
If you do decide to use the chemical treatments post the exact drug name and I can look it up in Dr Hale's book for you and post the lactation rating.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
532 Posts
Jill,<br>
Is this about our mutual friend?? I am shocked that she was told that she couldn't bf...sounds like if worst case senario she could "pump and dump" or maybe I am just nutty...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,646 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Wash with regular shampoo twice.<br>
Heat half a cup of olive oil to body temp<br>
Apply a heavy coating<br>
Cover with a plastic shower cap or grocery bag<br>
Wait an hour<br>
Shampoo out (will need 2-3 shampoos to come out)<br>
Towel dry<br>
Wrap head in a clean towel soaked in white vinegar (this will loosen the eggs and dead lice so you can get them out)<br>
Wrap a dry towel around the outside, for comfort sake, and marinate one hour to loosen<br>
Comb</td>
</tr></table></div>
These are the notes I took and e-mailed my parents when I was reading the book Organic Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,265 Posts
It didn't even occur to me to stop breastfeeding for lice treatments. Hell, I'm pretty sure I nursed my 3-year-old while she & I both had lice shampoo on our heads. Thus far, no deaths.<br><br>
That said, I agree the chemical stuff is next to useless. I've had good luck with Listerine (the alcohol in it dries them out)--just saturate the hair, put a shower cap on & leave it overnight. In truth, though, a PP is right to say that the very best thing is a nit comb. Note: you can get flea combs from the pet section that are the exact same thing, only cheaper. Brush your hair real good to get all the tangles out, then comb through it. I had to do this for my daughters every other day for about a week straight, but it worked.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top