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Head lice treatment.

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Howjado Tue 13-Aug-19 10:53:08

Please help. I am standing on the chemist looking at the array of head lice treatments on the shelf. Which one work?

shysal Tue 13-Aug-19 10:58:25

I suggest you ask the pharmacist. They are very knowledgeable.

kittylester Tue 13-Aug-19 11:09:54

What sal said. Ask.

It's all changed since when my kids had it in rotation and weren't allowed in school!

SirChenjin Tue 13-Aug-19 11:13:40

Forget the treatments, they often don't work - combing small sections of hair using a nit comb and lots of conditioner is the best way of dealing with them. The NHS website recommends 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice and then checking again that everyone's hair is free of lice on day 17.

Farmor15 Tue 13-Aug-19 11:14:29

The ones that are just shampoos and claim to kill lice in one treatment definitely don't work! The lotions you leave on for a while and then wash out usually need two treatments, despite instructions. I think latest advice is repeated fine combing of wet hair after using conditioner. But as others said, ask pharmacist.

tanith Tue 13-Aug-19 11:15:02

Yes combing with conditioner is the best thing the treatments sometimes don’t work at all.

EllanVannin Tue 13-Aug-19 12:56:06

Can you buy Derbac soap still ?

Marilla Tue 13-Aug-19 13:03:51

I would ask the pharmacist. I would definitely use a recommended nit lotion with the nit comb. When clear of lice and eggs are dead, then keep up with the conditioner and combing regularly. You need to treat whole family.

jusnoneed Tue 13-Aug-19 13:17:06

I always used the conditioner method, a lot easier and cheaper. and no nasty chemicals. Get a large bottle of the cheapest conditioner and plaster it on the hair. Leave it for a few minutes and then start to comb through hair with a fine toothed comb. You will be amazed at how many of the blighters you get. After you've had a thorough go at it and stop finding nits wash as normal. The hair is left lovely too which is a bonus! I used to do it again after a couple of days to get any that were missed as eggs.
Repeat regularly to keep on top of the problem.

Ionia Tue 13-Aug-19 22:34:58

When my daughter was wee it was the 'wet comb' method - as above conditioner and find toothed comb.

SpringyChicken Tue 13-Aug-19 22:49:52

Hair conditioner and nit comb. I've heard that using hair straighteners will kill the unhatched eggs by cooking them.

absent Wed 14-Aug-19 05:30:34

I am not sure whether modern lotions are quite so powerfully toxic as they were in the days when absentdaughter's primary school seemed to be infested with head lice throughout an entire year. Dousing one's child with strong pesticides doesn't seem the healthiest approach. Using a nit comb while the hair is well coated with conditioner is relatively painless, extremely effective but very boring anbd time-consuming.

The problem is that there is always at least one child in the class whose parent either doesn't belive her/his little one has nits/lice or simply can't be bothered to do somethiing about it. Consequently, re-infestation of those with pest-free hair frequently occurs because young children spend a lot of time at school/nursery bending over things with their heads together.

BradfordLass72 Wed 14-Aug-19 05:55:25

We use Tea Tree Oil here and I know its sold in the UK, so if what you bought doesn't work, try that.

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sarahcyn Sun 27-Dec-20 11:38:42

Aren’t kids amazing? Social distancing, lockdown and home-educated all 2020 and they still manage to get Headlice.
I wrote a few parenting books in the Nineties and the only bit I’m really proud of was my thoroughly researched chapter on threadworms and headlice.
The rinse on and off shampoos have done more harm than good because they’ve encouraged resistance in the lice.
The only lotion that worked for us was Derbac but I think it’s either off the market or restricted because it’s a nerve agent or something (you can probably get it in Russia in that case)
Just what @sirChenjin said. Very wet hair well anointed with conditioner. This immobilises the adult lice.
Comb each small section root to tip once only between thorough rinsing of the comb under the tap. Use a proper nitcomb. Best done with kid seated, wrapped warmly, by bathroom basin.
Repeat as advised or every 3-4 days over 15 days, covering a life cycle. Brush kids hair a lot to monitor - also this may help injure new adults.
Don’t bother trying to comb out with dry hair - the lice are too quick.
The “nits” are empty eggs, the only point in removing them is because they are unsightly. Live eggs are laid right at the root of a hair where the human body warmth incubates them and they’re pretty well invisible.
And keep up a regular combing out routine if the kids are in a situation where they might get them.
Good luck.

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Tabby555 Sun 20-Feb-22 16:24:58

I’m basically just looking for some advice.I am going be babysitting my 11 month old granddaughter next Saturday . I think my grandaughter may have headlice!She has a wee friend who I think she may have got them from and it has spread round the family.Has anyone got any good tips so I don’t catch them myself?Do I need to wash clothes and teddies.Plus, she really hates getting her hair washed.As I could try wash her hair and put in conditioner and use a fine tooth comb.Im just wondering how to do this if she doesn’t like getting her hair washed.Im very much looking forward to babysitting my grandaughter, but just anxious about headlice problem.She has very fine hair and doesn’t have much of it. If anyone has any tips I would be very grateful.

Callistemon21 Sun 20-Feb-22 16:29:14

If she has lice you can see them running! and can pick them off. I wouldn't use anything strong on a baby's head, just conditioner and a comb.

midgey Sun 20-Feb-22 19:18:35

Some of the lotions are really toxic, I do remember nearly passing out once. Definitely go for conditioner and a nit comb!

BBbevan Sun 20-Feb-22 19:23:36

ElllanVallin Was. Derbac a black soap?

Humbertbear Sun 20-Feb-22 20:39:10

When the child is lice free use leave in hair conditioner when the hair is washed. Lice can’t cling onto slippery hair

Callistemon21 Sun 20-Feb-22 20:41:39

I am going be babysitting my 11 month old granddaughter next Saturday
I would think her Mum would have dealt with it by then.

rubysong Sun 20-Feb-22 22:54:44

Yes, nit comb and conditioner. I think the Victorians were onto something with their '100 brush strokes every night'. A teacher friend used to say, "If you break their legs they can't lay eggs." (That was the legs of the lice, not the children.)

Callistemon21 Sun 20-Feb-22 22:55:40

On that note I shall retire to the land of Nod!

mokryna Mon 21-Feb-22 00:17:07

Howjado must of solved the problem as dated 2019