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Kenton, OH

#1 Dec 18, 2012
This year in my house there has been a battle between the parents and the head lice. It seems like every time I turn around my kids (3 of them) are being sent home over it. It seems like I'm treating my kids for lice all of the time. My kids will be cleared by the school nurse and within a short period of time I get the call that once again my kids have head lice.

Before anyone says/thinks "well do their head". I have. I have done their heads (and my own when I do theirs), I comb it with the lice comb a couple times a week, we have bought everyone in the house new pillows, bedding, hats, coats, combs, and brushes. We have ditched all the stuffed animals. We have sprayed beds, vacuumed beds, cleaned the beds with a carpet cleaner. We have treated our furniture, curtains, etc, etc, etc. What we have done to try and prevent head lice has gotten pretty crazy, but it seems like nothing we're doing at home is helping.

Part of the problem I believe is the times my kids have been sent home, only one grade in the school has been checked for lice. My kids also ride the bus, which means they have also came in contact with kids from other schools. Those schools I know also check only one grade at a time for head lice. Also one of the times I was called to pick up one of my children, my child was still around other schoolmates, yet those schoolmates weren't checked.

Why am I here on topix? Because I'm at my wits end of how to get this under control. How do I get it under control if other children aren't being checked? I'm hoping that maybe by coming here maybe someone can give me an idea of what I can do, and possibly get others to check their child(ren) for lice and post it here. You don't have to give a name or a school. Just tell, so we parents can work together instead of against each other.
well

Kenton, OH

#2 Dec 18, 2012
just curious, what school do you go to? I've heard Espy is notorious for head lice
Always

Minster, OH

#3 Dec 18, 2012
someone once told me to use shauve coconut shampoo ad cond,,i hav used it since no head lice..try that
Been There

Johnstown, OH

#4 Dec 18, 2012
Okay first do not go with the school nurses word. My daughter once had lice which I found at home and notified the school. Ater keeping her home and treating her I took her to get checked by the nurse so she could be cleared to return to school. The nurse checked her head under that magnified light and said she found nothing, however, as we we getting back in the vehicle my daughter starts telling me her head is itching again so I look and sure enough there were still some eggs in her hair. I suggest taking your child to he docor or Health Department to ensure it is completely gone. Also I'm not sure what comb you use but the plastic ones that come with the treatment are worthless, you can get a much better one on Amazon, I strongly suggest the Terminator Comb. Try soaking your childs head in oil, I prefer olive oil and placing a shower cap over it, leave it in for about 2 hours then rinse it out, next get sme vinegar and soak the head in vinegar and comb through with the comb. The oil will suffocate the lice and the vinegar will loosen up the glue that holds the nits to the hair shaft. Also repeat this again in 7 days and again in anoter 7 days. Hope this helps!
The Real Burchiel

Astoria, NY

#6 Dec 18, 2012
Best not giv me head lice. Make my skin crall jus think bout it. Get beat
Mom of alot

United States

#7 Dec 18, 2012
Tea tree oil is the best thing I've used better than lice shampoo and its safe and you can use it as often as you want ...plus works to prevent it if you use it as a spray ....google tea tree oil for lice its the best thing I've used and I've tried everything....
yup

Kenton, OH

#8 Dec 18, 2012
Suave coconut shampoo seems to work well, as does tea tree oil (but pew whee, it smells soooo bad), but there is this stuff at walmart called lice repel (it's kind of expensive, but you get what you pay for) and they have a spray and a shampoo. The spray, you just use like a detangler every day, and it works. Good luck, I have lots of kids, and got sick of dealing with it. Also, vacuum all beds and furniture weekly, to keep it from reinfesting.
Ridgemont

Delaware, OH

#9 Dec 18, 2012
Please Help wrote:
This year in my house there has been a battle between the parents and the head lice. It seems like every time I turn around my kids (3 of them) are being sent home over it. It seems like I'm treating my kids for lice all of the time. My kids will be cleared by the school nurse and within a short period of time I get the call that once again my kids have head lice.
Before anyone says/thinks "well do their head". I have. I have done their heads (and my own when I do theirs), I comb it with the lice comb a couple times a week, we have bought everyone in the house new pillows, bedding, hats, coats, combs, and brushes. We have ditched all the stuffed animals. We have sprayed beds, vacuumed beds, cleaned the beds with a carpet cleaner. We have treated our furniture, curtains, etc, etc, etc. What we have done to try and prevent head lice has gotten pretty crazy, but it seems like nothing we're doing at home is helping.
Part of the problem I believe is the times my kids have been sent home, only one grade in the school has been checked for lice. My kids also ride the bus, which means they have also came in contact with kids from other schools. Those schools I know also check only one grade at a time for head lice. Also one of the times I was called to pick up one of my children, my child was still around other schoolmates, yet those schoolmates weren't checked.
Why am I here on topix? Because I'm at my wits end of how to get this under control. How do I get it under control if other children aren't being checked? I'm hoping that maybe by coming here maybe someone can give me an idea of what I can do, and possibly get others to check their child(ren) for lice and post it here. You don't have to give a name or a school. Just tell, so we parents can work together instead of against each other.
Ridgemont is like that. I don't know what school you talking about. The sectary at the elm school will send the kids home when the nurse isn't even there.!!!
unknown

Columbus, OH

#10 Dec 18, 2012
I tried everything nothing worked until I used listerine and vinegar.Cover their head w listerine for 30 under a shower cap.Rinse it out the cover their head w vinegar the same way.I even had prescriptions that didnt work.Good luck....
hardin

United States

#11 Dec 18, 2012
I myself have never had it I did however catch it on my child friends and I used regular vegetable oil .why ...well because with the oil they can't move section the hair piece by piece with my finger pulled out all I could see then I washed hair rinsed out an section it off on low used a blow dryer to dry the hair and I used a straightner on it why because what I didn't get the heat burns the egg 400degree strntr. And again I piece by piece it takes forever good luck.....oil doesn't have no chemical to burn the skin nor do you have the nasty smell and it is cheaper. I got the idea from health dept web site and it did work very time consumming
save

United States

#12 Dec 18, 2012
just use mayonnaise,a walmart bag over the hair for a hour wash it out and your done
Please Help

Kenton, OH

#13 Dec 18, 2012
I have done the mayo thing, a few times because I was getting tired of putting those chemicals so frequently on my young children (and myself). I'll do it again though if needed.

Tea tree oil? Never heard of that one. Where do I get it? I haven't tried the coconut shampoo either, so that will def be added to our arsenal of things lol.

My children don't attend Espy, but they do ride the bus, so they could come in contact with children from Espy or other schools.

Like I said in the beginning I think part of the problem is the schools not checking everyone in the school at one time to get all of the children with lice/nits out of the school. It's hard to keep it under control if say my child is at school with lice, yours is home being treated, yet comes back to my untreated child. They will continue to just pass it back and forth.

I'm not blaming the school or the school nurse. I'm kind of hoping by starting this thread, that maybe we parents could work together to get this under control. It does not good for me to treat my child and my house, if the others aren't being checked/treated. With this thread we parents could come and say "my child was sent home today due to head lice, please be on the look out and check/treat your children". I don't want blame, I don't want shame, I just want it gone for not only my child but other children who are having to deal with it also.
Please Help

Kenton, OH

#14 Dec 18, 2012
The Real Burchiel wrote:
Best not giv me head lice. Make my skin crall jus think bout it. Get beat
The only way to know, is to have your head checked, and have your child's head checked. I know every time my child is sent home I have my own head done no matter if I have it or not.
jen

Marysville, OH

#15 Dec 18, 2012
My head is itching just reading this thread!! Please Help can you say whether you have gotten rid of it for longer than a few weeks or has it just kept reoccuring? Could you please say what school this is at? Nobody will know who you are by just giving the school name. My child knock on wood has never had lice and I can only imagine what you are going through with this. I would suggest and I know it seems harsh but no pillows until everyone in the house is lice free, wash the bedding everyday and keeping your children's hair cut short. Watch for it with any of their friend's and don't let anyone stay the night until it is completely gone for at least a month. It could be getting passed back and forth that way.
seriously

Johnstown, OH

#16 Dec 19, 2012
The stupid remedies don't work. The problem isn't that you aren't doing the right things the problem is its the same 2 or 3 kids getting everyone else infested. NOT THE KIDS FAULT. Some parents are to stupid our lazy to do the things you've done. Here are some hints. Don't worry about washing washing doesn't help. However all bed cloths should be ran through the drier for at least 2 full cycles. You will dehydrate and cook the lice, then about 5 years ago I purchased an electronic lice comb which can be used multiple times daily with no ill side effects. I still use the rid chemical treatment (the generic stuff will not kill lice, it only stuns them temporally to make it easier to comb them out. I know this for a fact I have seen one of the "dead" bugs come back to life. Just keep being diligent. If it persists have your kids transferred to a different school. I had to do that a couple years back. My little girl had lice 3 times in the first 9 weeks and all the school said was we know it's the same couple kids but we can't do anything about it. BULLSHIT send the Fucking health department and children services to these people's houses. Quit making the kids feel bad let's start beating the parents up over it
who

United States

#17 Dec 19, 2012
seriously wrote:
The stupid remedies don't work. The problem isn't that you aren't doing the right things the problem is its the same 2 or 3 kids getting everyone else infested. NOT THE KIDS FAULT. Some parents are to stupid our lazy to do the things you've done. Here are some hints. Don't worry about washing washing doesn't help. However all bed cloths should be ran through the drier for at least 2 full cycles. You will dehydrate and cook the lice, then about 5 years ago I purchased an electronic lice comb which can be used multiple times daily with no ill side effects. I still use the rid chemical treatment (the generic stuff will not kill lice, it only stuns them temporally to make it easier to comb them out. I know this for a fact I have seen one of the "dead" bugs come back to life. Just keep being diligent. If it persists have your kids transferred to a different school. I had to do that a couple years back. My little girl had lice 3 times in the first 9 weeks and all the school said was we know it's the same couple kids but we can't do anything about it. BULLSHIT send the Fucking health department and children services to these people's houses. Quit making the kids feel bad let's start beating the parents up over it
shut up you old hag nobody cares what U say it must be bad to have head bugs so bad U had to buy a electric comb - YA THATS WHAT WE ALL THOUGHT HAHAHAHAHAH U say this home remedies dont work I say PROVE IT we say they do in Ur face bug lady-
Please Help

Kenton, OH

#18 Dec 19, 2012
My children go to Hardin Central, but they ride the bus so they do come in contact with kids from the other schools as well.

It just keeps coming back. Since they found the lice on my children at the beginning of the school year my kids are randomly checked.

My children haven't had anyone over for a while now. Not because of the head lice, but because things in our home have been kind of crazy lately lol.

Personally I don't believe it's only a few kids with the issue. I think it's a big issue that is being addressed in small sections. How does it help anyone to check only ONE grade in the school? How many kids are left in Espy and Hardin Central when they check only one grade? If my kids from one grade are being sent home (my other children were checked because the one child had it), but other with lice are not, it doesn't help me or my kids at all (or other parents who are possibly battling this as well).

Lastly, I will not make my kids go without a pillow for bed. I have a dryer and have put their old and new pillows (old pillows are now gone) in the dryer to help kill any possible lice/nits. My children shouldn't have to be uncomfortable at bedtime, simply because we as parents cannot come together to do what's needed for all of the kids.
yup

Kenton, OH

#19 Dec 20, 2012
i agree..try that spray at walmart...it worked for us....my son used to go to hardin central, and he got it, and this was the only thing that worked to keep him from getting it again and again.......its called lice repel and it comes in a greenish yellow bottle.
jen

Marysville, OH

#20 Dec 20, 2012
Maybe try calling all the schools and telling them the problem and ask them to have all grades checked. If they won't do it I would call the health department and see what they can have done. My daughter goes to Northwood and I've never had a problem with it but she doesn't ride the bus. The pillow thing I was suggesting because if you wash it everyday they will be ruined in no time. When I had head lice as a child my parents had me use a throw folded up so it was easier to wash and dry. I can only imagine how frustrated you must be and hope you find a remedy that works. Best of luck!
smh

Marysville, OH

#21 Dec 21, 2012
I know you said you've treated them but I wasn't sure if you retreated them in 7 days. It's important even if you can't see any because there could still be new ones that didn't get killed off the first time. The 7 days is the right time in the life cycle to treat any missed bugs or eggs. Good luck sounds like you've been having a rough time.

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