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How can you get rid of lice permanently?

My son got lice from school. I treated his hair Friday and washed EVERYTHING. I checked his hair today and they are still in it. I dont know what to do. They are just as bad. Is there any sure fire way to get rid of them?

I am a science teacher in Oklahoma. This has come up before with others that I have known, and I am so old that I remember when schools did not have this problem. The secret has to do with hair oil. Men used hair oil as a fashion statement, but the secondary consequence was that the oil droplets plugged up the breathing tubes of lice and they died. My gf has had this problem as well and one of the things that we have noticed was that it was not school.... rather it was who she had contact with after school. The baby sitter was clean enough, but her adult children had some issues with hygene and when they would come and visit mom, the kids would go home with lice.  (+ info)

How do I keep my kids from getting head lice?

I have a little girl with lots of friends who have lots of sleepovers. She has gotten lice twice. I don't want to tell her she can't go, but getting rid of lice is a real time comsuming chore!

Here are 4 different head lice prevention methods with Tea Tree Oil:

1. Mix 10 drops of Tea Tree oil in with her shampoo. This will make her totally invisible to the lice as they no longer regard her as human. As transferring to anything other than a human spells certain death, they are not even willing to take the chance.

2. Put her hair up in a tight plait. Lice find it harder to get hold of hair that is well up and out of the way. Mist her hair with water in spray bottle and 10 drops of Tea Tree added. This will help to further repel them.

3. It is possible to repel them by simulating dirty hair as this makes it hard for the lice to move around or attach their eggs. Gel is one way to simulate a dirty environment without the hair actually being dirty. Mix in a few drops of Tea Tree oil. This will be a double whammy as the lice will not think she is human as well as it being impossible for them to move around or attach their eggs.

4..You can also get "leave in" conditioner which will do the same trick again. Add 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil and spray this over a tight plait every day.

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How soon after head lice treatment can I get my hair cut?

I have just treated our whole family for head lice. I already had a hair appointment booked for the end of the week, am I still able to go? This is our first incident with lice so I'm not to sure.

10 days  (+ info)

Can lice survive a round with a hair straightener or flat iron?

Lice are slick little bastards, but can they survive a round with a hot flat iron? If so, why?

Not if it's a good one! Back in the WW1 days they had to iron the seams of their clothes to get them out. The heat kills the eggs and larva as well so they don't come back after just a few hours!  (+ info)

How do you remove crabs or body lice from your bed mattress?

Does anyone know how to or what to use to make sure crab or body lice are gone from you mattress?

A body lice infestation is treated by improving the personal hygiene of the infested person, including assuring a regular (at least weekly) change of clean clothes. Clothing, bedding, and towels used by the infested person should be laundered using hot water (at least 130°F) and machine dried using the hot cycle. I would rinse twice.

Sometimes the infested person also is treated with a pediculicide [peh-DICK-you-luh-side]), a medicine that can kill lice; however, a pediculicide generally is not necessary if hygiene is maintained and items are laundered appropriately at least once a week. A pediculicide should be applied exactly as directed on the bottle or by your physician.

As to the mattress...I would steam clean the mattress with a commercial grade steamer, using the regular cleaning fluid that is recommended, or have a steam cleaning company (like one that cleans carpets) do it for you. The key is HOT water thats at least 130 degrees F, to kill the eggs, or nits.

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What do lice do when they get into your hair besides lay eggs?

I know lice get into your hair and crawl around but what do they actually do? What's their life cycle?

they drink blood
lay eggs and die  (+ info)

How do you get rid of head lice once and for all?

I swear I have done EVERYTHING to get rid of lice in my 8 year old daughters hair. We have cut it shoulder length. I've tried all over the counter lice shampoos, combed out nits with the special comb, mayonaise, washed bedding, locked up stuff animals, bought new hair brushes, sprayed furniture and car with over the counter lice spray and her hair is clean from eggs/nits for like 2 weeks and then she gets them right back. What else can I do but shave her hair off?

I had this problem with my daughter too. It's a very long process, but I promise, if you follow it, you'll be rid of them.

Get the lice spray (made by RID, if I remember correctly) and spray her mattress. Then put one of those hypoallergetic mattress covers on it. It basically zips around the mattress. I got it at Wal-Mart. Next, get her a new pillow, spray that as well, then put it in a pillow protector. It's much like the mattress cover. Just make her bed as normal then after washing everything very well. Use the spray on your couch or any chairs she sits in as well as carpet in her room.

Wash her hair with the lice shampoo. Use the lice comb. THEN, shine a bright light on her head (directly next to a lamp or similar) and pick out every nit that you see. They're hard to remove, but use your nails. Pick each one you see out. You need the light so they "shine". My daughter had blonde hair, so this was a chore. I did this everyday (no lice shampoo for the following 2 days) and then took her to have her head "inspected". She couldn't return to school unless they were gone. She had 2 left. I washed her hair with the lice shampoo again and put her under the lamp to pick out any new lice or nits. I returned the next day and she was clear. She hasn't had them since.

Now, to prevent it again, keep the mattress cover on. Also, the added pillow protection. Don't let her hang her coat next to other coats at school. Mine put her coat in her backpack. They're positive that's how the lice transferred to my daughter....the hood of the coats touching.

I'm sure you'll think of this as a hassle and others will think I'm nuts. However, it's the ONLY thing that worked for us. The key is removing the nits. The combs just don't get them all and until the nits are gone, they'll keep hatching into lice to lay more nits.

Good luck!!

P.S. Don't cut her hair. You'll only regret it.  (+ info)

How do you get rid of head lice naturally?

I just found out that my 8 year old grandaughter has head lice. Does anyone know of any home remedies.

There are quite a few totally natural remedies available that readily kill head lice.

Suffocation is an effective method where oil based products (i.e.: mayonnaise) are used to block the breathing holes and kill the live lice. The real trick though is to find natural products that will kill both the live lice and their eggs in one fast effective treatment.

Remedies containing Neem Oil are known to be highly effective as Neem interrupts the growth and reproduction of the head louse. Neem’s insecticidal properties are widely recognized now and the oil is commonly available at your local health food store.

After the head lice is gone use prevention methods such as hairspray and tea tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle every day to ensure they never return.

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Can you use a microwave to kill lice in a stuffed animal?

My daughter contracted head lice. I am worried about her stuffed animals being contaminated, but I think washing in hot water will wreck some of them. So what about putting them in the microwave for a couple of minutes? That should kill anything, shouldn't it?

Put them in an air tight bag for 2 wks.  (+ info)

What is the best way to get rid of head lice?

my little sister has had head lice for a very long time. we've tried everything from using over the counter lice shampoos, lice combs, mayonnaise, bed spray, and many many other things to try to get rid of it. once we think it's gone, it just keeps coming back. it's so bad, it's now getting to everyone else in my house. is there a way to get rid of the lice?

There are several reasons that they keep coming back.
I see that you mention that you have only treated your heads.
Lice are similar to fleas in certain ways. They lay eggs, and also live in carpet (for short amounts of time), can hitch rides on animals (for shorts periods of time) as well.

Carpets need to be vacuumed thoroughly once a day for a week.
Sheets need to be washed in hot water and dried in a dryer. (Towels too)
Stuffed bears (stuffed animals) - if they can be washed, wash them in hot water. If they cannot be washed, place them in a trash bag for 1 week.
Couch/sofa furniture - vacuum it thoroughly once a day for an entire week
Brushes and combs should be placed in the dish washer (use the silverware rack) to be sure it kills the eggs.

If you have used it, laid on it, thought about laying on it, you need to use a spray, vacuum it or bag it for a solid week to be sure you stop the egg cycle.

Hair wise: Comb thoroughly on day 1, use some method to get rid of knits as well as the live lice. Comb through again thoroughly on day 3, and again on day 6. It is easier to do this in direct sunlight because the knits actually kind of 'gleam' or 'sparkle' in the sunshine. Silvery.
Also, as bad as it sounds, be sure to check leg hair, underarm hair, pubic hair, and any other part of your body (and tell your family to check their bodies too) for lice and nits/eggs.

Yes they will travel 'south'.

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