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There are 46 comments on the NBC 11 San Francisco Bay Area story from Sep 10, 2008, titled 'Super Lice' Leave Parents Scratching Their Heads - More From M.... In it, NBC 11 San Francisco Bay Area reports that:

Three weeks into Maddie Ratcliff's first year of school, the South Carolina kindergartner is already the subject of an unwelcome science experiment: What's the best way to get rid of head lice? It's a question ...

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#1 Sep 10, 2008
I'm not sure why Ratcliff could not bring herself to smother her daughter's hair in mayonnaise, but was happy to put poisonous insecticides in it.

BTW, mayonnaise and a fine toothed comb works better than any insecticide, but the pharmacists can't charge a premium for mayonnaise.

Saluda, VA

#2 Sep 10, 2008
Well, if they're THAT hard to get rid of, why don't you just shave your child's head or cut her hair super short? That'll make it 10 times easier to get all of the lice out.
Doug from the creek

Goose Creek, SC

#3 Sep 11, 2008
They were talking about Mayonaise and I think some type of oil to smother out lise.

But they also said there is no scientific evidence any of these really work

Glencoe, IL

#4 Sep 11, 2008
I think that any parent will try anything to help their child. I was wondering what it was like 100 years ago. Its hard to imagine that time compared to now with the bug.
connie mack

Pleasant Valley, NY

#5 Sep 11, 2008
the article didn't say that there is no scienific evidence that home remedies don't work, they said that the scientific community had "debunked" them. what that really means is that because it is a home remedy, doctors will "poo poo" it out of hand. there is probably no scientific study of home remedies because there is no money to be made off of doing so.

ps, the oil doesn't "smother" them. it makes it harder for the insects to "hold on" to the hairs. that's why you have to use a comb with it. same way it works with chewing gum.


#6 Sep 11, 2008
This article is full of information but no answers. The fact that schools don't ban the child from attending until the lice problem is cleared, in my opinion, is the reason for the spread and increase. Also, to deny that cleanliness or the lack of it is not a factor - is rediculous. Afluent area schools could indeed be at risk since afuence doesn't guarantee cleanliness! And even an afluent school hires help that may not be afluent or clean and could be the reason for the infestations.....

Flagstaff, AZ

#7 Sep 11, 2008
How about some gasoline and a match?

Danbury, CT

#8 Sep 11, 2008
A friend of mine traveled to the Philipines where you pay a peso to a women with a monkey. After paying, you lean forward and the monkey eats all the lice off your head and leaves you alone once there is nothing left to eat.

Auburn, AL

#9 Sep 11, 2008
My daughter had lice this summer and reacted badly to the OTC shampoos, it made her break out in a rash. After a month of battling, what seemed to work was a combination of Listerine, flat ironing, and constant combing with the special nit combs for several hours a day for about 3 days. Lice are tough to get rid of.

Danbury, CT

#10 Sep 11, 2008
A friend of mine traveled to the Philipines where you pay a peso to a women with a monkey . After paying, you lean forward and the monkey eats all the lice off your head and leaves you alone once there is nothing left to eat.

Danbury, CT

#11 Sep 11, 2008
A friend of mine traveled to the Philipines where you pay a peso to a women with a m-o-n-k-e-y. After paying, you lean forward and the m-o-n-k-e-y eats all the lice off your head and leaves you alone once there is nothing left to eat.
Lisa Hayes

Laval, Canada

#12 Sep 11, 2008
Melaleuca products kill and repel lice without pesticides or harmful products to humans. The insects naturally don't like the smell of tea tree oil. They have shampoos and cleaners that repel the lice and the non-toxic to humans or the environment blend of their products simply dissolves all organic materials under the bug shell when applied directly.

I actually was able to keep roaches out of my apt with these products while our whole building was infested for many years.

Want more info. email me at [email protected]
A Pye

Ryderwood, WA

#13 Sep 11, 2008
When my neighborhood's children began the headlice wars a couple years ago had 2 options. Either $50 an oz for shampoo or pay $5 for a jar of mayo and a bottle of tea tree oil. The mayoheads won the battle without being poisoned. Have not heard of any of the kids having lice since then. The school claims it is so common that they will not notify parents and is a year round condition for them.

Lawrence, KS

#14 Sep 11, 2008
Mayonnaise is really effective. Get the head thickly coated, take a plastic back and tie it around the head to prevent mayo leakage, leave it overnight, shower. I've never seen it fail. The one draw back is that the lice seem to know they are going to die, so for a little while after putting it on you feel them going crazy for a last meal.

Columbia, SC

#15 Sep 11, 2008
Ground NEEM leaves.

Laurel, MD

#16 Sep 11, 2008
just shave the head bald and any body hair and that should do the trick. no need to for medication

Pensacola, FL

#17 Sep 11, 2008
The Florida schools do not let a student return to school until the school nurse has inspected the student for elimination of the problem. Most people agree that is fair to all concerned as too many "parents" today fail to take care of their children and react negatively when rules are applied to them for lack of parental care. The child is not to blame but the so-called adult or parent. The world has changed. Mrs. Cleaver is not at home anymore.
Doug from the creek

Goose Creek, SC

#18 Sep 11, 2008
I did not see an article on where there was no scientific proof that these home remedies for head lice work.

It was on a news network. maybe it was taken from the article.

I am not saying what was said Connie is wrong. I have no idea. My daughters had it and the shampoo or I believe RID worked. But my wife and daughters were constantly checking. Probably caught them before they ever got to bad.

I guess worst case scenario is spread the mayo throughout. IF it don't work try something else. If it does mission accomplished.

Portland, OR

#19 Sep 11, 2008
I have really long hair, but I managed to get "rid" of mine with home remedies. I took olive oil and essential oils (cedar, citronella, and neem) and saturated my head every other night for a week. I then put a shower cap on and slept like that. In the morning I combed my hair out with a nit comb and shampooed.

United States

#20 Sep 11, 2008
About 10 years ago I fought lice in my family (including me!) It took 4 months to finally get rid of it. After trying the over the counter shampoos, olive oils and other similar ideas, in desperation I finally read the labels on some flea and tick shampoos for dogs. I found one that didn't say I had to use rubber gloves when using it on my dog. After one week of shampooing every other day, the lice was finally gone.

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