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Fed-up Parent

Canada

#1 Sep 17, 2006
For 2 years now, yes 2 years I have been battling head lice with my daughter. I have tried just about every shampoo, conditioner, home remedies etc. that you can think of. They will not go away.
Is there anything out there that may help.
I have killed a vaccum by constantly using it, washing everything, bagging things up, nothing works. They may disappear for a week and then sure enough they return. Yes I get rid of the nits or as far as I can see yet they return. Short of shaving her head, which you can't do to a 10 yr old girl and send her to school what can I do!
Roberta

East Stroudsburg, PA

#2 Sep 17, 2006
Where is the source...I have never had any experience with lice...sorry I can't help you but the only thing i can suggest is find the source
Goodluck
Lisa

Dubberly, LA

#3 Sep 24, 2006
Get a "Terminator"; find the source, such as your child's friend. Pull her hair back every day in a bun or braids if possible and call the Lice Squad in Barrie, Ontario. www.licesquad. Or call Lice Solutions Inc. www.licesolutions.org out of West Palm Beach Florida. You may think you're getting all of the nits, but you have have to take paper think layers of your child's hair and search for the nit and then remove; it is time consuming but effective. Definitely call the Lice Squad - They'll help. It may be expensive at first, but then you'll know how to deal with it.
Fed-up Parent wrote:
For 2 years now, yes 2 years I have been battling head lice with my daughter. I have tried just about every shampoo, conditioner, home remedies etc. that you can think of. They will not go away.
Is there anything out there that may help.
I have killed a vaccum by constantly using it, washing everything, bagging things up, nothing works. They may disappear for a week and then sure enough they return. Yes I get rid of the nits or as far as I can see yet they return. Short of shaving her head, which you can't do to a 10 yr old girl and send her to school what can I do!
Kittarex

Magnolia, TX

#4 Oct 30, 2006
I know what you are going through. Twice my daughter got lice. The over the counter treatments, shampoos and combs didnt even faze them. Even the prescription solutions did nothing.

Either of these methods should work. The first is a little extreme, and depends on the age of your child. Be sure and pick out the nits and lice first. First method is dye the hair. The color killed the infestation after months of frustration.

The second time my daughter got lice, I we did not want to dye her hair. So I tried something more natural. I got tea tree oil and mixed it with a heavy duty hair condition, for black hair. It needs to be very thick and stay in place. Coat the hair thoroughly and plaster it down. Leave no spot untouched. Have your daughter wear a disposable plastic shower cap all day. My daughter wore the cap for 6 hours. The suffocating mixture killed the infestation. It worked the first time for us.

Good luck.

SHARON

Ooltewah, TN

#5 Nov 2, 2006
I am an elementary school nurse. we hav such a problem with lice. I send sometimes as many as 10 kids home in a day with several not being able to return for several days.
The school is a low income based school. Many of the parents are unable to afford the medicated shampoo needed to kill the lice. Therefore, I am having repeat infestations from these families. I had samples of some products to kill lice but I am completely out. Does any one know a company that would send me free samples that I can give to these under privledged families? If so please contact me with the information. I am desperate.
You can contact me at sharonv777@netzero.nt.

THANKS!!!
Michael

Claflin, KS

#6 Dec 21, 2006
My daughter gets head lice every year around christmas time. I tried every thing on the market so I decided it is time to call a professional. I had The Lice Detection/Removal Team come into my home and so far it has been 2 months and she is head lice free. Before, it would take me a couple of months before I finally got rid of it. I recommend calling The Lice Detection/Removal Team.
Linda

Australia

#7 Jan 16, 2007
OK if you have had lice problems for 2 years your daughter is being reinfected constantly by someone. Or else you have not been thorough. Poisons do not work at all. The best thing to do is wash her hair, condition it and don't wash all the conditioner out. Take her outside in the sunshine and comb through with a nit comb. Keep washing out the comb in a bowl of water. You will see heaps of nits or newly hatched lice in the bowl. Any nit you see stuck to the hair shaft you MUST remove with your fingernail. This process will take you 1 - 2 hours. Then rinse her hair to get the rest of the conditioner out. Wash all combs, hair ties, towelles, sheets, change her clothes immediately... wash everything. Then while all your sheets are drying in the sunshine, vacume everything in your house, don't forget the backs of chairs! You must do this process every 3 days..... I know it's a lot of work but after 2 weeks you should have gotten rid of them. Remember this.. You only have to leave one nit in her hair and it will hatch. No poison kills them.
Jonathan Lourie

Hobart, Australia

#8 Jan 18, 2007
Hi Linda,

Have you checked out the lice king? www.theliceking.com I would be happy to chat to you any time and helping you. Call me on 03-85001188 or 1300-789-007
Linda wrote:
OK if you have had lice problems for 2 years your daughter is being reinfected constantly by someone. Or else you have not been thorough. Poisons do not work at all. The best thing to do is wash her hair, condition it and don't wash all the conditioner out. Take her outside in the sunshine and comb through with a nit comb. Keep washing out the comb in a bowl of water. You will see heaps of nits or newly hatched lice in the bowl. Any nit you see stuck to the hair shaft you MUST remove with your fingernail. This process will take you 1 - 2 hours. Then rinse her hair to get the rest of the conditioner out. Wash all combs, hair ties, towelles, sheets, change her clothes immediately... wash everything. Then while all your sheets are drying in the sunshine, vacume everything in your house, don't forget the backs of chairs! You must do this process every 3 days..... I know it's a lot of work but after 2 weeks you should have gotten rid of them. Remember this.. You only have to leave one nit in her hair and it will hatch. No poison kills them.
DadEo

Austin, TX

#9 Feb 9, 2007
I think anyone dealing with lice should see this:
http://www.dadlabs.com/health_and_safety/lice...
Suzanne

Elyria, OH

#10 Feb 12, 2007
I am just now battling this for the first time and i hate it! I have done alot of research in the past 3 days, it seems like most people say that the pesticides do not work so i didnt even waste my time with those. I got a product online that was recommended to me by someone that said it was the only thing that ended up working for them. Its called licekiller and its what the army uses. Its 100% safe and they are so confident in their product they offer a money back guarantee. All it is is a combination of different oils, it supposedly even kills the eggs. It also comes with a repellant that contains tea tree oil in it and supposedly this keeps you from getting reinfested. Like i said i just got it so i am not 100% sure yet. Other methods i have heard about that work also have something to do with oils or mayonnaise, it just seems like lubing up your hair is the way to go, after you lube it up you wrap it in saran wrap or a shower cap for an hour or more and i guess this does the trick. Every single person that has had lice that i have talked to says the same thing, the prescriptions and over the counter stuff does NOT work, the old fashioned home remedies do. But as always its best to still try and remove all the nits, i have been doing mine and my sons 2 times a day. We'll see i hope this does the trick because I cant handle much more of this.
Fed-up Parent wrote:
For 2 years now, yes 2 years I have been battling head lice with my daughter. I have tried just about every shampoo, conditioner, home remedies etc. that you can think of. They will not go away.
Is there anything out there that may help.
I have killed a vaccum by constantly using it, washing everything, bagging things up, nothing works. They may disappear for a week and then sure enough they return. Yes I get rid of the nits or as far as I can see yet they return. Short of shaving her head, which you can't do to a 10 yr old girl and send her to school what can I do!
Lee

Bedford, IN

#11 Feb 20, 2007
My daughter has had lice since Sept and we can't get rid of it. Over the counter shampoos haven't worked, she gets her hair colored and that didn't do it. I don't think she's being reinfected, we can just never get rid of every single nit. She has long thick hair, making it worse. It makes me sick to see the bites on the back of her neck and I've given up on changing sheets and washing combs every day. For some reason, the rest of us have stayed clear, but I'm about to give up!
Sara

Dayton, OH

#12 Jun 4, 2007
after spending alot of money on lice products. I tried plain Dawn dishsoap on my daughter's head while her hair was dry. Made her wait 15 minutes then had her wash it out. then put dollar store hair oil on her and combed out the dead lice. then i put a throw away plastic cap on her head. the whole treatment for her head cost me 3 dollars. after six months of her having lice off and on this worked. of course i did the usual cleaning of everything.
Jaime

Boston, MA

#13 Jun 19, 2007
Fed-up Parent wrote:
For 2 years now, yes 2 years I have been battling head lice with my daughter. I have tried just about every shampoo, conditioner, home remedies etc. that you can think of. They will not go away.
Is there anything out there that may help.
I have killed a vaccum by constantly using it, washing everything, bagging things up, nothing works. They may disappear for a week and then sure enough they return. Yes I get rid of the nits or as far as I can see yet they return. Short of shaving her head, which you can't do to a 10 yr old girl and send her to school what can I do!
A friend of mine tried this and it worked wonders mind you it is drastic but it worked. She came home put a lot of hair oil in the childs haid and then used a pressing comb you could use a flat iron however using a combs would make it easier to get to the very root. There are pressing combs that plug into a socket or there are the old fashioned one that that you just place on the stove top and heat. Good luck hopefully you don't need this info and the problem is over now. Also a lot of people are saying was the hair with denerex extra strength daily, also there has been a new study saying put Listerene in the hair and cover with a plastic cap for a while then take it off and comb though and was out.
Good luck!
endofmyrope

Fresno, CA

#14 Jun 19, 2007
I hope I will read that you have found a way to finally get rid of these things! I feel like we are not able to stand any more pesticide exposure. 4 out of 5 in our family have been battling lice for 1 year now. I have done very extensive research and seem to know far more than the doctors, yet nothing is working. We have tried every smothering agent several times over, many chemical cures available in the US and ones I've ordered from overseas, prescription and not, neurotic cleaning, hair bleaching, many natural remedies, extensive combing, listerine, rubbing alcohol, dandruff shampoo, antibiotics, oral ivermectin - you name it! Still no success. Our dermatologist told us that the only chance is that we all shave our heads, not so bad for 2 little boys, but my husband and I work and are not so big on the idea, mostly because we have a hard time believing even that will work at this point. We have tried to question everyone our kids play with to see if there is a source of reinfestation, but no luck yet. Obviously this is a bigger problem than most people realize, since I'm hearing on the internet that we are certainly not the only ones. Any other suggestions?
Fed-up Parent wrote:
For 2 years now, yes 2 years I have been battling head lice with my daughter. I have tried just about every shampoo, conditioner, home remedies etc. that you can think of. They will not go away.
Is there anything out there that may help.
I have killed a vaccum by constantly using it, washing everything, bagging things up, nothing works. They may disappear for a week and then sure enough they return. Yes I get rid of the nits or as far as I can see yet they return. Short of shaving her head, which you can't do to a 10 yr old girl and send her to school what can I do!
Kel

Grand Forks, ND

#15 Jul 16, 2007
I've been battling head lice on my 8 yr old daughter since we moved into our new home on June 3rd of this year, so it's been almost 2 mos now and I have used Rid, Nix, Licefree, Mayo, vinegar oil, cut her hair, everything short of shaving her head! And the problem is, I have not found a LIVE one on her for almost 3 weeks! I just keep finding eggs! But I'll go about 4-6 days without finding ANYTHING, no eggs, nothing, and then I check again and I'll find anywhere from 1-4 eggs! Where do these eggs come from if there is NO live ones on her head? I don't understand it! I wanted to take her to the doctor but I'm afraid of wasting money on some oral pill that might not work! I can't keep putting these toxic chemicals on her head every week. I am so frustrated and it's cost us so much money, and my husband even missed a day of work because of the extensive cleaning we did! We've sprayed, vacuumed, bagged, washed, vacuumed more. I even washed clothes that were already washed before in hot water, 3 times over for the past two weeks until I got my water bill! It's crazy! I know she's not being reinfested by anyone else, and I'm fortunate enough that I don't have them myself but I also straighten my hair while it's still damp with moussee in it everyday. I do not know what else to do but hearing all these stories of dealing with this for years on end is not something I look forward to! I just cannot stand seeing my poor child go through this day after day! Any suggestions, advice or anything, I'll try whatever I have not tried yet that's not going to fry her scalp more. Just email me please at roomatesjillandkel@yahoo.com. Thanks!!
Susan

Wooloowin, Australia

#16 Jul 31, 2007
No, you can't keep putting toxic chemicals on her, please stop that right now. If you need to buy a head lice remedy get one with natural ingredients in a Neem Oil base.

Are you sure the head lice eggs are alive? Do they 'pop' between your fingernails?

It's quite possible you haven't got them because you put on mousse (which simulates dirty hair the lice can't attach to) and straighten your hair (as this zaps the nits).

You don't need to worry so much about vaccuuming and washing as they really can't live for that long off the scalp. Just concentrate on getting rid of the eggs.

If you only have 3-4, just relax. They are not hatching and infesting her so just keep nitpicking.

Good luck.
Abby Irwin

Jackson, TN

#17 Aug 11, 2007
You are most likely correct about not getting all the nits out. Lice Solutions may be able to help be it hands on help or phone and web support. We have 2 locations--West Palm Beach, FL and Nashville, TN As the only non profit head lice treatment organization in the U.S., we work hard to make help available for everyone. You can visit www.licesolutions.org or www.myspace.com/licesolutions
Lee wrote:
My daughter has had lice since Sept and we can't get rid of it. Over the counter shampoos haven't worked, she gets her hair colored and that didn't do it. I don't think she's being reinfected, we can just never get rid of every single nit. She has long thick hair, making it worse. It makes me sick to see the bites on the back of her neck and I've given up on changing sheets and washing combs every day. For some reason, the rest of us have stayed clear, but I'm about to give up!
elizabeth

Delray Beach, FL

#18 Sep 20, 2007
I called lice solutions this morning. They are so helpful, and recommended the Terminator lice comb. I have been using the Licemeister which was working great but am ordering this one. My daughter had lice two summers ago, and now we are dealing with it again. In the past, we used Lice B Gone last time ( www.s-e-a.net ) and it worked great, though I was meticulous about combing out every day for a month. I'm going to do that again this time and hope for the best.

I'm curious as to whether parents call the school and inform them immediately or wait to see if reinfestation occurs? I don't want my daughter to be ostracized.
Lorna

Melbourne, Australia

#19 Sep 21, 2007
No Need for expensive head lice removal, I tried everything too. Even gave my son an asthma attack trying!!!! I got rid of them real easy and so has everyone I have recommended this too. This is the best way to get rid of head lice and it only cost me $6, no chemicals either!!!

http://getridofheadlice.blogspot.com
Abby Irwin

Hendersonville, TN

#20 Sep 21, 2007
You could try talking directly to your daughters teacher. That way no one's the wiser but her closest contacts might just get checked.

I am really happy to hear you found the staff at Lice Solutions helpful after all that's what we are here for:)
elizabeth wrote:
I called lice solutions this morning. They are so helpful, and recommended the Terminator lice comb. I have been using the Licemeister which was working great but am ordering this one. My daughter had lice two summers ago, and now we are dealing with it again. In the past, we used Lice B Gone last time ( www.s-e-a.net ) and it worked great, though I was meticulous about combing out every day for a month. I'm going to do that again this time and hope for the best.
I'm curious as to whether parents call the school and inform them immediately or wait to see if reinfestation occurs? I don't want my daughter to be ostracized.

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