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Hi mums I’m after an effective headlice treatment or remedy. We have tried everything, its got to the point of shaving my 11yr old daughters head never in my life have I had so much trouble with headlice. I generally spend between 15-30 a week or every two weeks to treat the problem, there is five of us to treat and then I strip the whole house down wash everything its all good and then she gets them again is there anything you can do to prevent them as we have recently been told by the school that there are some kids who refuse to have their hair treated, some parents said they cant afford it and one parent replied with I don’t care so I’m open to suggestions ill try just about anything. thanks. Do you know any good headlice treatments?

Posted by Kelley, 11/06/13

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  • This is something I discovered by accident. I had run out of conditioner for the conditioner/comb-out ritual, and used the only similar thing I could find: sunscreen! After doing the comb thing, I forgot to wash it out that night and lo and behold, they were totally, utterly gone. Normally the combing with conditioner only really gets 75% of the lice and eggs out but this time…weeks later, still no nits! Not sure what it was in the sunscreen but you could give it a go !

  • Make sure you get all of it out, cause if you leave some in it will keep spreading

  • I’d use a headlice treatment, and then every night after lather her hair in conditioner and put it in a shower cap for about half an hour. The conditioner smothers the lice and is supposed to kill them, then you use a headlice comb to remove them. Just keep doing that until they are all gone. All I can recommend to prevent them is tying back her hair and telling her to make sure she isn’t putting her head against anyone else’s.

  • You really need to make sure every single lice or nit is totally out otherwise the process keeps repeating.

  • I’d like some remidies too. My daughter always has them, no matter how much I treat them

  • Have you tried the zapper from the chemist? How is the battle going??

  • coconut oil mixed with apple cider vinegar kills them in no time

  • Have you tried a Robi-comb? You get them from the chemist, cost around $60 i think but worth every cent! Its basically a headlice comb that you use and if it comes in contact with a headlice, it zaps it and kills it.

  • How disappointing that some parents have such little respect for their own kids. I would try and talk to the school again, and see if they could do something more about it. When I was younger we had the teachers go over our hair and were sent home if we were found to have lice LOL – how times have changed!!!

  • tea tree oil,several drops in a spray bottle fill up with water and spray their hair every morning,they don’t like the smell i have been doing this for quite sometime and it has been working.you can spray it onto sheets bedding carpets etc.

  • yes i have heard that they don’t like dye too. but unless whole class is doing it you are not going to win the battle unfortunately.

  • Hair dye. Head lice hate dyed hair. With young kids you can easily use a dye that matches their natural colour. When I was younger I used to get lice every month or so, but haven’t had them once in the 8 or so years since I have been dyeing it. From what I understand, they don’t like the taste of the chemicals the dye leaves in your hair

  • Just remember that live like clean heads, so try not to wash her hair as often. And also make sure you always use a lice comb.l.. The treatments are good, but the comb makes all the difference

  • If it is really bad go military – 1- get a lice zapping comb from the chemist – they work a treat !!2- when said children get home they must immediately get their hair combed through and the lil lice killed – then do not pass go do not collect $200 into the laundry room where all clothes come off and into the wash especially hats !!!! Do this every day and you will stop them at the door!

  • Sometimes there is just no beating it till you have your kids isolated for a period – Christmas holidays usually.
    1. Treat them weekly – Sundays – along with a thorough comb through.
    2. Comb through a second time on Wednesday or Thursday each week. This helps catch jumpers and newly hatched. Do the comb through after they have had conditioner in their hair for a few minutes, the condition seems to stun them and the conditioner helps to grease their hair up even more – see point 3.
    3. Have their hair braided tightly each day, and sprayed thoroughly with hairspray so it is lacquered down. Don’t wash it till you treat it on Sunday no matter how greasy it is. The greasier the better.
    Dont despair, these steps will keep the itch down and hopefully prevent them from being sent home from school, but if the problem is rampant at the school, you will keep getting them till Christmas holidays, year 6.
    I let my daughter dye her hair a darker shade of brown the first day of year 6 Christmas school holidays, and we have never seen nits since. The dye (a dramatic solution, I know) seemed to kill everything.

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