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July 3rd, 2009
02:18 PM ET

Heady advice on lice

By Andrea Kane
CNNhealth.com Producer

Pssst: Come here… A bit closer. I have a confession to make: One of my daughters has L-I-C-E. And it is driving me crazy, because it just will not go away, no matter how much I cut, comb and nitpick her hair. And I’ve been doing a lot of nitpicking lately – at times, I feel like a mama chimp grooming her child (minus popping the “prize” into my mouth). My daughter gets cranky having to sit there for an hour (especially when I pull an individual hair strand to remove an egg - aka: nit - that is cemented on) and I get cranky, too.

According to the CDC, there are an estimated 6 million to 12 million head lice infestations each year in the U.S. among children 3 to 11 years old. Lice are usually transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. Less commonly, they can be passed on via a hat, comb, pillow or other personal object (contrary to our worst fears, lice don’t dive-bomb from one person’s head to another’s). Cleanliness and socioeconomic status have little to do with getting head lice, although race may have an impact; African-Americans are less likely to get them.

Aside from being icky and itchy, head lice are not known to transmit disease (although hard scratching can cause a secondary infection). That said, you don’t want them hanging around.

Our “ordeal” started in mid-May when I stopped by the school nurse’s office for her to have a look-see because her two best friends had it (that, and she was scratching an awful lot). “You see right there - those are nits,” she said, pointing to what looked like a bitty grain of salt on the hair shaft.

The nurse instructed me to shampoo my daughter’s with an over-the-counter pediculicide (lice-killing) shampoo, then comb out all the nits because OTC shampoos do not kill all the eggs (only the heavy-duty, super-toxic, prescription shampoo does). The third step (after shampooing and nitpicking) is to delouse personal objects.

At the drug store, the choices were many: popular OTC shampoos (with either pyrethrins – derived from chrysanthemums - or their synthetic cousin permethrin), homeopathic treatments (that promise to kill lice without harsh chemicals), gels to help with the nitpicking– even an electric comb that electrocutes the lice.

I ended up buying the store brand, partially because it offered the most shampoo at the cheapest price (the shampoos are expensive and we are - except for my husband - a household of long, curly-haired females, so we needed quantity, especially since we didn’t want to skimp). I slathered it on my daughter’s hair, waited 10 minutes, then rinsed and, with a fine-toothed comb, I combed… and combed… and combed, trying to get all of the nits out. Have I mentioned that she has long curly hair? A lot of it? A thick underbrush of it? Well, it took a long time to through it all. Except that I didn’t get it all: We both grew impatient before I was done.

Then, I threw all of her bedding into the wash, boiled all the combs and hairclips, and quarantined her stuffed animals and brushes. And for good measure, my husband and I shampooed our hair and washed our linens (as luck would have it, there had been a thunderstorm the night before and we played musical beds). I also checked her sister’s hair: Nothing! Mom 1, lice 1.

The next day, the lice were gone. And for a few glorious days, I thought we had dodged a bullet.

With most of the OTC shampoos, you have to retreat between seven and 10 days after the initial treatment, when the eggs that the shampoo failed to kill the first time finally hatch and repopulate the hair - but before the nymphs can grow into adults capable of reproducing. The life cycle of lice is about three weeks.

But before we could get halfway to retreatment time, they were back. So I cut off six inches of my daughter’s hair and we tried another brand of OTC shampoo; this one did not work at all (lice can become resistant to a particular pediculicide). So I went back to the first shampoo and I bought the electric comb (which was pretty cool and did electrocute some lice, but apparently not all). When that failed, I tried the homeopathic shampoo that works by dehydrating the lice and their eggs (this one you have to leave on for at least an hour, instead of 10 minutes). At the time of each treatment, we washed linens, boiled hair accessories all over again. The stuffed animals never made it out of quarantine.

But still the lice returned.

After about a month, at wits end, I called my pediatrician’s office. The nurse on call told me I could try the prescription shampoo (did I detect hesitation in her voice or was that me projecting?) or I could try one more “weird” treatment. Since I wasn’t particularly excited about the prospect of using poison so close to my child’s growing brain, I chose the latter. She recommended “Dippity-do.” Yup: The pink or green hair gel popular in the ’50s and ’60s. (It now comes in other colors too.)

But, she warned, I’d have to wrap my daughter’s hair in plastic wrap and a shower cap and leave it on for 12 hours. Similar to other home remedies - like mayonnaise and olive oil - the idea is to smother the lice in a thick coat of glop. The advantage of Dippity-do over the oily foodstuff is that it is much easier to wash out of hair (and doesn’t stink like unrefrigerated mayonnaise).

If this doesn’t work, I’ll be tempted to pull out the big guns: No, not the prescription shampoo but the electric razor – and give my daughter a buzz cut.

Have you or a family member had lice? How did you finally defeat it? Did using harsh chemicals on a small child worry you?

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  1. Lorie

    I washed my child's hair with OTC lice shampoo (repeating on day 10, reported to be more effective than on day 7), nitpicked with a fine lice comb twice a day for the first week and once a day for the next two weeks. All bedding was washed everyday. Pillows, stuffed animals and comforter were placed in the dryer on high temperature for one hour daily. The lice returned one month later – apparently there was another child at school with chronic lice. We repeated the above cycle of cleaning and nitpicking. At school, my daughter began storing her coat in her pack-back instead of hanging it in the coatroom and she wore her hair in a braid. The entire process was time consuming and very irritating for everyone. We have been lice free for a over year.

    July 4, 2009 at 12:58 | Report abuse | Reply
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      March 9, 2011 at 12:17 | Report abuse |
    • lisa

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      November 5, 2011 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
  2. Amy Graff

    Hi Andrea,

    Let me first start by saying that I am so sorry to hear of your difficulty getting rid of your head lice problem. I can help you get rid of your head lice once and for all. It sounds like you are pretty well educated, but there is more to head lice eradication than just knowing the information. Easier said than done, as you have discovered. My name is Amy Graff and i am the owner of an in-home head lice removal company in Florida, called LouseCalls, inc (www.lousecalls.com). I would be more than happy to talk to you, and answer any questions you may have to help you finally get rid of your head lice headache.

    There are no miracle head lice cures, not even the very strong prescription from the doctor. All of the eggs need to be removed and you need to be positive that nobody else in the house has undetected lice. It is entirely possible that other family members have head lice and you dont realize it. She may also be getting it back from friends that don't realize that they have lice.

    Whatever the reason may be that you are suffering for so long, realize that you are not alone. I talk to so many people on a daily basis with the same problem.

    As I said, I would be happy to talk to you, and we can post the answers to all of your questions and all of the advice to this blog for everyone to learn from going forward. In addition, I offer a "do it yourself" head lice removal video that comes with a consultation. We help people all across the country just like you get rid of their lice, and they are all successful! We stick it out with them til it is all gone (even on weekends and holidays)!

    Amy

    July 4, 2009 at 16:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robin Miller

      Hi Amy...I sure hope you can help me. I am a school bus driver and I have and infestation of head lice. I don't have anybody to help me get rid of it so I have to do it myself. I have pulled and combed huge amounts of nits around my face and ears and obviously withouth someone to help me it seems impossible. I don't make a lot of money and have bought four shampoos now and I still have it. What can I do that I can afford and be able to do this myself. Thank you so much for your time. I'm feeling desperate now... Thanks Robin Miller

      July 16, 2010 at 08:46 | Report abuse |
  3. Bixby

    Supposedly Listerine kills them also. Soak hair, wpar head for 30 min and wash off.

    July 4, 2009 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Susan L.

    As a former preschool director for many years,may I please recommend the mayo. It is inexpensive, conditions the hair and is really not that hard to wash out. My daughter had lice when she was two, although we were never sure where it came from and nobody else got it. We just sat on the porch night after night until it was all gone. All her stuffed animals and bed decorations were bagged and put away for probably two months. I saved some lice to show my staff and placed them in a bag with a big spary of lice killer. Didn't even slow them down. That's when I decided to start using may, which worked, and recommended the same for years to any family dealing with this issue. If the lice keep coming back, your child may be in contact with another child who still has lice. Good luck!

    July 5, 2009 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sarah

    You are blowing this out of proportion. Just use the shampoo. Yes the chemicals are scary, but they've been tested for human use. I'm sure the phycological impact on your child after you shave her bald will be worse.

    July 5, 2009 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Leslie

    We've had lice in our household, on a 3 year old with straight hair. I treated everyone in the house with OTC lice shampoo, washed all bedding, and then started a ritual of applying cheap conditioner to her hair and combing it out with a lice comb nightly while watching a video. I also cut her hair to chin length. We did that for a couple weeks. We retreated, but I don't think she had any.

    I looked up some info on lice at the Harvard School of Public Health, and it was calming. Like you said, it is a nuisance, but very common and not a health problem. My daughter liked the together time of combing out her hair. I think they're gone!

    July 6, 2009 at 01:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Diane Lee

      Thanks for the smile !! : )

      August 25, 2013 at 02:09 | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa

    You need to keep combing and using a safe, non-toxic product that will assist you. A nit takes 2 weeks to hatch so you are not getting them all. Try a product called Lice Good-Bye, it dissolves nit "glue" and dissolves live bugs in about 10 minutes and you can use it as often as you need as it is enzyme based, not pesticide. Also, try the Terminator comb – is is the #1 proven comb to remove lice and nits. Order at http://www.fairytaleshaircare.com

    July 6, 2009 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. kirsten

    I disagree with the comment that you are blowing it out of porportion and to just use the perscription product. Over the years , my girls both with long thick hair have gotten lice acouple times. We went through every product (shampoo) including the perscription, washed everthing at the same time, quarentined everthing, combed and combed, bought the special combs followed everything by the book It took abourt 6 months to get rid of the lice completely Then some years went by and it happend again. I had a breakdown and then did massive research. I didnt want to use the poison again and go through all the heart break from befeore. We started out by using vinegar to loosen the nits, oil and a lice comb. Then every evening for a week we washed hair and combed with lice comb and conditioner. We did use a very good lice comb (metal teeth with a hard plastic handle for easier grip) that wouldnt break. The cheap plastic ones tend to bend and break, and there is no way to get all the nits. the key is to comb on a regular basis. It was a miracle, no poisons and no lice. Bottom line, you may get all the lice and nits the 1st week or so, but a child who has been exposed at school or from friends, generally keeps getting exposed. Either the host child doesnt realize, or the cycle or spread keeps putting you back in the loop as it runs around the classroom/school. The only thing to do, until the outbreak is put down completely, is to use vigilance at home everytime you wash your hair. After the intial vinegar treatments, Just start a normal nightly routine. Wash hair and use a good conditioner to comb with the lice comb. If you fear a new exposure that may have had time to leave eggs, add the vinegar step in again which is the best way to rid the hair of any new nits. then continue with the conditioner combing. The combing will always get any lice that may transfer from another childs head or clothing. You may have to do the conditoner combing nightly for a month or so. Once you get the 1st attack beaten down, it is simply a precautionary measure to catch the stray lice bug that may have migrated to your childs head. After the month, you can graduate to every other day, then once a week, once a month etc. If you find anything, step it up until comb is lice and egg free again. Actually I still go over their heads occasionally, just to stop a potential problem from becoming a nightmare. We have never had another problem. It is a pain, but is waaay better than dealing with continual reinfestation problems and exposing your babies to unneccasary poison. I used to sob myself to sleep till we figured out the key. From what I have researched and believe to be true, we have a huge problem in the States now, and the lice have become immune to the medicines, hence, its probably better to skip the poison, and just comb, comb, comb. The conditioners with the comb are the key and throw in the vinegar at the beginning and you should be good to go.

    July 6, 2009 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robin Miller

      Thank you for your post Deb. I'm a school bus driver and have nobody but myself to comb my hair. I want to try what you researched but have a questoin. How much vinegar and do you wash out the vinegar before you put on the conditioner? I hope you can help me I'm feeling very desparate. Thanks Robin 🙂

      July 16, 2010 at 08:57 | Report abuse |
  9. kirsten

    I also forgot to add, keep hair trimmed of split ends and it will be easier to comb and snag and pull hair much less. Also, you dont have to cut off long hair or cut it very short. I trimmed my girls long thick hair to remove split ends and kept their hair pulled back in a neat pony tail and then either braided the "tail" or made a bun close to their head. This keeps their hair from getting exposed and is actually much better than loose "short" hair that you can't tie up. I instructed them to never share hats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, or brushes/combs and too put their coats on the back of their own seats instead of the locker room. They had no problem following instructions, as they were very tired of the "routine" and wanted to get back to normal as soon as possible. Just explain to them why they need to follow those rules and after the 1st combing session, it usually sinks in without too much argument. If you have a teacher not wanting to go along with these rules, make an appointment to speak with them privatley and explain why you will need them to go along with your guidelines. If they dont agree, meet with the principal. If you make sure they realize how big a problem this can be to everyone, they should eventually come around. Last resort, call the health department and ask them to get the school to comply.

    July 6, 2009 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Kate Roper

    Big family with lots and lots of hair. Tried everything. Then, we had "Live like an Egyptian Pharoh" night and coated the kids (and me!) with Cetaphil lotion and Colored plastic wraps. Lots of lotion. Lice and nits were gone, and their hair looked GREAT!! In fact, the girls repeat it every summer, just before the first day of school, because it makes their thick hair shine and swish.

    July 7, 2009 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Lauren in Wheeling, WV

    Did the Dippity Do work?

    July 7, 2009 at 02:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Andrea Kane

    Thanks folks, for all of the replies and the tips (and support).

    I hate to speak too soon, but the Dippity Do appears to have worked (actually, I used another brand that came in a huge tub - and as an added bonus only cost $3.24!!! - because the store I went to didn't have Dippity Do). However, I AM keeping my eye on things and not resting on my laurels: as a few of you mentioned, all it takes is for one little bug to get through and then, it's back to square one.

    Here's to a bug-free summer and fall!

    July 7, 2009 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mary

    My daughter had lice when she was in kindergarten. We tried everything. The only thing that worked was coating her head in mayonaise, putting on a showercap and letting her sleep that way for the night. The lice were smothered and never came back.

    July 9, 2009 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Libby

    I feel your pain, or at least your itch! After watching lice walk away from the pharmaceutical shampoos, I had very good luck with Dr. Bonners liquid soap. You can find it at "health food" stores, like Whole Foods. Douse the hair in the soap and leave it on for about 5 minutes. It rinses out easily. It might make the hair a little dry so you could follow with a leave-in conditioner. I recommend the unscented soap. The liquid soap is much cheaper and easier to deal with. You still have to remove the eggs by hand.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Andrea P.

    Purely anectodal evidence, albeit personal, try Head & Shoulders shampoo. It was suggested by another mom who learned it from her mom. My daughter started using H&S, I used the metal lice comb for a couple of days in a row, and taa-daa! The lice were gone! We lived in the same area (lice infestations were prevalent) another two years, and she never got lice again.

    July 9, 2009 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. licequeen

    As an educator and Mom – I have been dealing with lice for a very long time and have even had it myself.

    First, don't use the mayo or oil – it is not safe ( ever hear of salmonella?If your child ingests it after it has been sitting on her head she could become ill)

    Second: There is an electric comb that actually kills lice – the robby comb – and it is not much more than the shampoo. I

    Third : The vacuum – yep – I vacuumed my head and my daughters head – it helped. It will , at least, keep the live ones off.

    Fourth: Be considerate – head lice spreads . Don't let your child play with other kids while they have it. Once you have cleaned up – rinse with vinegar after shampooing and comb your hair with the lice comb it keeps the eggs from forming whole. In England, every Wednesday the children are expected to comb their hair with a lice pick to help keep things clean.

    Finally , it seems that lice is now part of our world – they are stronger , better faster and able to cling to a clean hair shaft in a single bound! You are NOT considered clean until a two week , lice free period has happened.

    July 10, 2009 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. George Coleman

    The safest and most effective way to eliminate head lice is to use the non-toxic X-PEL Anti-Lice Shampoo & Conditioner. X-PEL treats and helps prevent infestation and/or re-infestation. X-PEL comes with a very effective metal-tooth comb and is an FDA registered product that has been clinically proven and is available in stores throughout the country or visit: www-x-pelheadlice.com. X-PEL is also used by U.S. government agencies.

    July 11, 2009 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Gina Pierce

    When my granddaughters had lice we took them to a local nonprofit agency that deals only in head lice. Unfortunately that is not an option for everyone. I was so impressed with the care provided that I now volunteer there. I hope you will take time to check out their new book- Lice Advice. They see hundreds of cases each week and are actively involved in clinical research. The director Ms. Shepherd is recognized among the top 100 lice experts in the world. She now shares knowledge gained over the past 11+ years in an easy to read new book, that offers 154 pages of fact filled information and color photos throughout showing parents step by step the tricks of the trade needed to reach a successful end to their head lice problem. That way they can get help even if there is not an agency in their area. I hope you will take the time to check out the books web site at http://www.liceadvicebook.com and share this information with your parents as well.

    July 14, 2009 at 11:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Laurie McKenzie

    This is our 4th, yes, 4th time dealing with lice since April. I actually think my daughter had it since February because she had a weird rash on her neck. After several times to the pediatrician with meds for the rash, our school nurse is the one who found the lice because of an outbreak in her class. We used an over the counter and thought it was over. Three weeks later, they were back and worse. The doctor told us to do the same thing and it was back again. We were sent to the dermatologist and she prescribed Ovide. That stuff was so strong I thought it would kill us along with the lice. We followed up with this very expensive prescription a week later and they came back again! We were prescribed something else, but now the dermatologist told us to try Bactrim, an oral antibiotic., as well. I didn't mention it, but the last 3 times, I have had it, too. No one else in our family has caught it. I am at my wits end – I have torn the house apart washing, bagging, vacuuming, pitching, etc. I have washed everything in boiling hot water and a hot dryer. I boil combs, brushed, hair things, etc. on a daily basis. School will be starting back up in less thank 3 weeks. I can't keep under control in the summer, what am I going to do when school starts? I am sick over all of this . My daughter has been a trooper, but she tears up everytime we go through this. AAAGHH!

    July 22, 2009 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Ruth Wallace

    How long is enough to keep the pillows etc in plasic bags? Three weeks?

    July 23, 2009 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Gina Pierce

    Bagging is not necessary- lice do not live off the head- wash the sheets and be done with it- the time otherwise wasted is better spent rechecking the child's head and alerting her closest contacts.

    July 23, 2009 at 21:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tim

    Dr Gupta-
    There is a great new SAFE, NON TOXIC remedy that just came out called ULESFIA. My pediatrician just prescribed it for another family that had an infestation. It is completely safe and it works.
    Just an FYI.

    July 24, 2009 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. knrPowell

    As a child, whenever the school nurse would line up to do lice checks, she would just tell some of us (all the African American kids) to step to the side. It's not because AA's can't get lice, but it isn't common, because of the products used on the hair. AA hair is very dry, so "hair grease" is commonly used. Lice can't live in that environment, in face, several posts mentioned using oils to kill them. Also (although it isn't asa common today) using a hot comb to straighten the hair would fry any lice or eggs that happened to make it. The only reason AA's don't get is as often is just due to hair care habits, that's all.

    July 24, 2009 at 10:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Pamela

    I went through a period of time when my children, both girls with long hair, were young that this infestation was driving me crazy. I am very farsighted, and these infestations would always occur during the winter time. I would do all the necessary treatments and combing, but never seemed to get all the nits. The shampoos dried out our hair (yes, I treated myself as well as my husband and I even had it a couple of times). I would dutifully retreat in 7-10 days, wash bedding, clothing, and personal items, yet never completely got rid of them. I could never get the nits out because I couldn't see them very well under lamp light! During one bout, my mother-in-law even got them. My husband, who has much better eyesight than me, refused to go through either of our children's hair. When my youngest was about 10, he told me to sit her on the picnic table in the backyard before it got dark, and pick out the nits with my fingers. I could see them better in sunlight. He would look her over, and show me which ones I had missed for me to pick out. My daughter pulledher legs into a fetal position and cried the entire time I was doing it. It was a dreadful experience that traumatized my youngest daughter terribly. I feel badly for anyone who has to go through this-the social stigma connected to it can be devastating. It stressed me out so bad, that I get nervous around anyone who scratches their head!

    July 24, 2009 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. vjs

    Two of my children had lice a year ago. I used the over-the-counter shampoo, then used a nit comb daily to painstakingly remove the nits. I refused to reapply the shampoo again (because of the chemical concern) and resorted to a home remedy of a Listerine wash. After this, I decided to use a tea tree-based shampoo and conditioner. Along with the daily nitpicking and careful laundering and vacuuming of all bed linens and car seats, this over time was the only way to rid my childrens' hair of this scourge. My husband took the children to our pediatrician's office for advice. Without even flinching, she prescribed the shampoo which is availabile only by prescription. My husband followed through and actually purchased the shampoo but I stopped it all and refused to use it on my children's heads. With research, I discovered the prescription strenght lice shampoo has NEVER been clinically tested on children younger than 4. My youngest child, who at the time was 3, never got lice but the doctor recommended we treat him anyway NEVER, NEVER, EVER would I use this crap on any of my children! There are home remedies that work, as many postings can attest but I believe that only short hair cuts and daily nit picking really did the trick.

    July 25, 2009 at 21:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Embarassed

    I've also tried many different products out there and none seem to have helped completely..no one can really see the eggs in my hair so inevitably, they get missed and the cycle happens again!..I've also been pretty compulsive about the cleaning, etc.. My partner is getting really annoyed cause I've had lice for about 10 months now...I kept thinking..oh I can beat these critters quietly and not have to tell anyone else!..I was wrong!..I was way too embarassed to tell anyone other than him and my mother..I thought I would be shunned by my friends and co-workers..not so!.they were all pretty understanding about it!..working with kids and all..these things happen!.. I recently told my work that I caught lice..pretending to have recently caught it..they aren't too concerned because they think it's a "new outbreak" and that I caught it early..

    I just bought the Robi comb and I'm hoping that it'll work!!..I brought it to work with me today and went out on breaks and went for a drive to a somewhat secluded parking lot to use it on my head..I really really really hope that it gets rid of the problem for good!

    Does anyone know if the lice can also build up immunity to Resultz? It's a non pesticide product available in Canada now..it's by far the easier product to use as you only need to leave it on 10 minutes and it's completelly odorless. Isopropyl Magistrate is the active ingredient. ..so the battle continues.. good luck to everyone on beating these annoying bugs!!!

    July 29, 2009 at 23:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Natalie

    I have also used green alchohol saturate hair 10 min and comb out repeat in 3 days this does work.

    August 8, 2009 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. jan

    Nothing works. I have used prescriptions, mayonaise, alcohol, ovide,etc, combed and picked every hour. They get in the scalp and keep coming back, especially in summer weather. I just can't live like this. I just ordered Lindane from Canada. I know it is toxic. I can't help it. it has been 5 months of itching and biting and brown or black things falling on me. I just have to get rid of these.

    September 2, 2009 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. George Coleman

    Jan, go to http://www.x-pelheadlice.com and learn about non-toxic X-PEL Anti-Lice Shampoo & Conditoner, the only clinically proven, FDA registered non-toxic head lice treatment and preventative. Forget the toxic chemicals.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Scott Doug

    Dont say nothing works...ALMOST nothing works. Unfortunately all the toxins in the shampoos do so much harm but they dont kill the lice anymore. Trust us, we know...we tried so many of them. I almost chopped off my daughters hair, but she begged us not to do it...

    Ugh! Lice are horrible. we used http://www.licetokill.com and it worked great. Natural too. The mayo didnt do anything, and be careful using straight rubbing alcohol on your head, it can cause seizures, not good...

    Sorry you went through it, but we are glad its over! Hang in there!
    Scott

    November 11, 2009 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Janice

    LICE...ugh....My child has them again this is the 3rd time in the last year. The killer about school is when I called to say something so they could check others the nurse talked to me as if I was trash. This is exactly why parents are not notifying others. If the nurse talks that nasty to parents why call? So here I sit again and my daughter has caught them obviously from a school friend. Do I call, so I am shunned again by the nurse? But I need to save the rest of the families in the class the hassle. The curse continues when no one does anything about it. We have done it all to no cure: Nix, Rid, LiceFreee, LiceMd, Listerine, Vinegar, Mayo, and now Denorex with Coal Tar. I have read Coca Cola, I might just try it. I am desprate and what to just cry! .Nothing works. I vaccuum and strip down my house very day, no stuffed animals in my home. The dr has prescribed the medicine but it is scary to read. I guess I will just keep nit picking......Do us all a favor call your kids school and save th rest of us the hassle!!!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Deb

    This is not a 'kids only' thing anymore. I do not have small children,nor are my children living at home. I first contracted lice from a beauty salon. As the stylist was cutting my hair, she mentioned in conversation that there had been a client in a few hours earlier. This client was shampooed and put into the stylist chair,but as the stylist started to cut, she noticed a heavy infestation and the client was told to leave and get treatment.Being 'lice ignorant', I really did not give it much thought. It was only 6-9 months later when my own itching also started to produce little sores and bites that I had any inkling that I might be infected.You see....I shampoo and blow dry daily,as well as receive permanant hairclor every 4-5 weeks, so I had what I refer to as a 'controlled infestation'. It was not until I started skipping the daily blowdry and only shampooing every other day to hopefully help the itching that it exploded and I knew that I had something although still was not 100% sure of what it was.
    I did the usual 2 rounds of Rid. I did the mayo, olive oil, Listerine, alcohol.Nix, Natural remedies from the healthfood store......Combing evry day Robo Comb. I have become a lice expert in life cycle, what they like and do not like and at this very minute I have a 16oz. Lindane Shampoo from Canada sitting unopened in my bathroom because I am two terrified to use it after all off the negatives that I have read.
    It has been over two years now and although I seem to eradicate it for months at a time it still seems to reappear.
    Combing twice a day again. Cleaning like crazy.This is a nightmare.
    Tried my Dr. last week. You would of thought that I had walked in with the plague. He was not very helpful. Said to try 2 more rounds of Rid, seven days apart and if no success go to a dermotologist.
    Went to the local drugstore this time instead of the chain store. I wanted to talk to a Pharmacist. She said that the schools have been experiencing heavy infestations all year long. Much more than before. What s going on???

    June 27, 2010 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Shannon

    Dealing with head lice is frustrating and overwhelming for parents. Thank goodness there are professionals that take care of the problem for you. For valuable information visit http:www.nit-picky.com . The company services California, Oregon and Nevada and acts as a resource for frustrated parents.

    February 10, 2011 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
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  35. Jane

    Here's a resource with prices and contact info for lice removal services across the USA... http://www.liceremovers.org/
    Rates up to $250 per hour!

    October 16, 2011 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Jane

    Here's a resource with prices and contact info for lice removal services across the USA... LiceRemovers.org
    Rates up to $250 per hour!

    October 16, 2011 at 23:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Stephen Vincent

    I was in the exact same situation and finally discovered a solution. Using new technology, and in under an hour the lice were gone forever. All I did was call Pediatric Hair Solutions in Charlotte, NC. I went to there treatment center, got the Lousebuster treatment for my daughter and never looked back. I HIGHLY recommend them.

    October 19, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Erin Sanchez

    I agree, Pediatric Hair Solutions were lifesavers for my family.

    October 19, 2011 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Ilene

    Such a common story and it makes me sad every time I hear it! I hope you got rid of lice by now! Be proactive! We call this "The one head one bed method". Finding nits and/or lice early makes a world of difference in being successful with your lice situation. Learn how to do a proper combing head check. It takes 5-10 minutes on damp hair and it should be done weekly. We do our combing head checks after bathes on Sunday night when we do mommy manis & pedis. It is our grooming time. The nits represent a continued threat of re-infestation. The LouseBuster is the only thing that kills the nits and it uses heated air. No chemicals! It is amazing and takes 30 mins then the comb-out is for cosmetic purposes. It's cheaper, quicker and incredibly successful. If you are faced with lice look for the LouseBuster service in your area. Learn how to do a combing head check at http://www.LiceLifters.com

    November 18, 2011 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Some really great advice on lice. My kids seem to always bring the annoying things home with them and spread them to the dog and I. I've tried everything to kill them from sites like this: http://www.top10thingsblog.com/2012/06/03/does-hair-dye-kill-lice/
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  45. Clint

    I have tried so many different products to get rid of my kids lice this past summer. We spent so much money at the local drug store- all to provide us with the same bad outcome- lice is there. My wife and I didnt know what to do and were able to shave our child hair until we found clearlice. It is a product that says it is natural,- We bought it and it came within 1 day. We used the product and it didnt have the awful smells the other products had and most importantly- it worked. No lice after 1 day.

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  47. Jodi Fabius

    Amazingly, there is a world of products out there for lice removal. A few are affective only on the adult lice. "There is no product that is effective on the eggs called nits. So the lice will return in 7 to 10 days if you fail to remove them. The bottom line in my years of practicing Lice Removal....Hire someone that is familiar with the process of removing the lice. We service the Philadelphia area 610 324 9404 or find us on the web at liceExperts.net

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  48. Ellen Brett-Scatton

    Guess what? 15 bucks for one comb + one 5 1/2 minute video... and your family is good for life! Just be sure to follow it step by step. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TmTJWjb2bA http://www.TheNitPick.com You will thank me later. 🙂

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  49. carmenluysa

    But if you want more home remedies you can go to; http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/home-remedies-for-head-lice
    When I was a child it was a lice epidemic on my school. It was bad and I remember that most of the moms did not know what to do in order to exterminate the insects. It seemed like the most they tried the most the lice reproduced. It was a really mess. Until one day one of the moms discovered a very good home remedy: Avocado Seed! She has been told to find a very ripe avocado, get rid of the pulp and with the seed rubbing the head of the child and leave it on scalp for one hour after that just rinsed put with regular shampoo. She has been told that remedy not only will eliminate the lice but it will prevent to get lice again.
    So, the mom did it and told the experience to the other moms, not all of the moms followed the advice but my mom did it! I can tell you after I had been rubbing with that avocado all the lice had gone and I have never had lice again.

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  50. Ed

    I just cut my daughters waist length hair very short like a boy

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