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Natural treatment for possibility of lice?<br><br>
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So today my ds, first grade, comes home with a big red handout in his bag that says lice has been found in his class. So I ask him if he knows who has lice, turns out to be his best friend. So I am pretty much expecting him to have it too. I haven't been able to stop squeaming since he got home, but He doesn't have any symptoms yet, so I am wondering if there is anything natural I can do to help prevent any nits from hatching, if there are any, and what I can do if he does end up with lice. I want to try something more natural if possible. Any ideas.<br>
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look for scratching around the ears and neck. I was able to rid dd of them by using lice combs and 2 soakings with cooking oil (possible olive) and some tea tree oil. The oil thing was a pain and I'm not sure how much it helped. I would comb as many times a day as I could and as she would let me. Like 4-8 times a day for the first 3 days and then 2-3x for the next 2 weeks, though after a couple of days they were all gone. Luckily dd had very fine short hair at the time so it wasn't that hard. I also washed the pillowcases daily. (we co-sleep) so I did everyone's.<br>
Hope you don't have them!
 

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Olive oil is the only thing you need. I'd put it on his head right away and leave it on with a shower cap overnight. Keep checking him several times a day for nits. I found cutting each individual strand that had a nit to be more effective than combing because my dd has very long hair.<br>
The most important thing is to not panic! Oh and don't use toxic chemicals that don't work anyway. Good luck!
 

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ACK!!!!<br><br>
I would try to put a jar of mayo on his head,cover it with a bandana, and spray hairspray around the edges. Do this over the weekend, and leave a lot of hairspray on him for the next few weeks.<br><br>
California Baby has a body/shampoo called "Tea Tree & Lavender" it is supposed to combat lice. (It's also good for excema!)<br><br>
UGHG! Good Luck!!!!!!<br><br>
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This is a good one...there is nothing quite like lice to freek you out...I remember having them as a kid and my mum going beserk cleaning the whole house...washing all the blankets and pillows...even the sofa!<br><br>
The oil thing is good...if you don't want to use oil because of the greese factor, you can use conditioner...there are several that have tea tree oil in and they are very effective, you can leave the conditioner in and then comb through with the nit comb...makes it easier to get the tiny comb through...the tea tree oil makes the little pesties run for their lives...the leap off the head ot first opportunity!!!<br><br>
Good Luck<br><br><br>
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I just love this web site. I love how not one person suggested RID or what ever over the counter sh## people use to get rid of them.<br><br>
It's a good time to be a mother.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Thank you all so much! So far, so good!
 

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IME, oil and mayo and the like doesn't work. Those little boogers can hold their breath or somethng. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
The only thing that worked when my older two had them was to comb, comb, comb. I'd leave conditioner in their hair and then comb away with a small toothed metal comb (sold by the lice "poisons", much sturdier than the plastic ones) and comb away each night.<br><br>
We still comb about once a week or so, just to be sure.<br><br>
For prevention, TTO in your shampoo...they hate the smell!
 

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I like the TTO idea for prevention. DS is in pre-school and I'm paranoid about lice. We also co-sleep, and with my 5 month old as well. I would lose it if the baby got lice.
 

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We recently had lice at our house- it was an all out infestation before we realized that we had it. Rather than using the folk remedies for getting rid of them, I followed the advice I found on almost every medically-oriented website I found... which was... (no, not pesticides) manual removal with lice combs. You can find the combs in the store right next to the lice shampoos. IME, the plastic combs are worthless. I really liked the metal combs made by Ridd.<br><br>
We were able to get rid of the lice by combing at least once a day, washing bedding daily, vacuuming the furniture, etc. It wasn't a fast process, but it worked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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We had lice too and I regret to say that because I was ignorant and I got bad advice from the school and from the doctor we did buy and use all those toxic shampoo and sprays and I feel horrible every time I think about it.<br>
Since then I found this very informative website<br><a href="http://www.blogexplosion.com/show_page.php?SiteID=14232" target="_blank">http://www.blogexplosion.com/show_page.php?SiteID=14232</a><br>
which really explains the most important thing about lice and the advice boils down to the same thing pp said: comb comb comb. I do not think honestly that you need the electric comb, although I have it and it is practical.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We recently had lice at our house- it was an all out infestation before we realized that we had it. Rather than using the folk remedies for getting rid of them, I followed the advice I found on almost every medically-oriented website I found... which was... (no, not pesticides) manual removal with lice combs. You can find the combs in the store right next to the lice shampoos. IME, the plastic combs are worthless. I really liked the metal combs made by Ridd.<br><br>
We were able to get rid of the lice by combing at least once a day, washing bedding daily, vacuuming the furniture, etc. It wasn't a fast process, but it worked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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I got lice when i was preggers with dd. I smothered my head in mayo, combed it religiously, and did a vinegar rinse (staight apple cider vinegar) to release the nits. I got rid of them in 2 days and I had a BAD infestation. I also blowed dry my hair for the next 2 weeks just in case. They cannot survive the heat.
 

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Thank you so much! So far, so good. Though everytime I read this thread, I start to itch! I've been putting TTO in his hair before school to help prevent any infestations everyday too. I guess it has become an epidemic at school. I thought of telling the nurse about TTO for prevention, but decided that they already think I'm weird enough. When ds has an ear infection he comes in smelling like garlic and mulein oil, now TTO!
 
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