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Started by nrv0us on Feb 3, 2019 10:39:52 PM
Headlice treatments that work

My son (11) keeps getting headlice -- I thought this would stop happening once he started secondary school!! Anyway, he has fairly long hair, so it's not easy to stay on top of it.

Anyone got any recommendations for treatments you've found effective? We have been doing a lot of fine-tooth combing & Hedrin.

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mazylou - 04 Feb 2019 07:15:25 (#1 of 24)

Try cheap conditioner daily with a fine tooth comb. Once you’re rid of them, either cut his hair, or tie it back. And treat everyone else in the family.

Stay on top of it, it won’t help him socially.

TheVoiceOfReason - 04 Feb 2019 08:04:22 (#2 of 24)

Shave his head.

BenSawbridg - 04 Feb 2019 08:05:26 (#3 of 24)

Damn you, patters. 60 seconds ahead of me.

surferboogiewhatever - 04 Feb 2019 08:07:49 (#4 of 24)

They don't like tea tree, so if you use a tea tree conditioner when you comb, it might help to keep them away permanently. He probably won't get them for much longer, as they also don't like testosterone and are rarely found on teenage boys and men.

jambeslourdes - 04 Feb 2019 11:19:13 (#5 of 24)

Slather his hair in cheap conditioner and comb through with a Nitty Gritty comb (specifically that make, the others don't seem to work as well).

Hedrin is pretty efficient as well.

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Feb 2019 11:21:01 (#6 of 24)

You could consider replacing the child.

Leftie - 04 Feb 2019 13:29:41 (#7 of 24)

There's no good way to put this but ask a teacher as well. Chances are the whole class need doing.

Catspyjamas17 - 04 Feb 2019 13:35:28 (#8 of 24)

Nitty Gritty comb as jambes said, the others don't work as well.

MadamGwenver - 17 Feb 2019 21:29:05 (#9 of 24)

Cheap conditioner and Nitty Gritty comb every other day. Very very boring but it does work, which the chemicals didn't for us.

Comb the whole family while you're about it (though I don't know if I caught them from my own children or the children at work).

GrrrIbdis - 17 Feb 2019 21:40:35 (#10 of 24)

Grandparents are often the reservoir - people don't include them in family treatments.

54321wibble - 17 Feb 2019 21:44:45 (#11 of 24)

He sits with someone at school who has them. Probably someone with a primary school sibling. Unless other person gets treated he's likely to keep getting them. Tea tree shampoo might help, apart from that get on top of them then nitty gritty comb and conditioner every 3 days, and check the rest of your household too.

TommyDGNR8 - 17 Feb 2019 21:53:51 (#12 of 24)

The Specials comeback looks to be taking hold - just buy him a Harrington and a pair of Docs - he'll be asking for a haircut by the weekend.

frantastic - 17 Feb 2019 22:26:32 (#13 of 24)

Decapitation is a bit severe but 100% effective.

TommyDGNR8 - 17 Feb 2019 22:38:05 (#14 of 24)

Isis bride there.

dottie30 - 11 Mar 2019 08:47:07 (#15 of 24)

My son went through an infested stage - nursery and then reception. Thankfully he's been clear of them since (he's 16 now).

My advice - don't go near insecticides. Settle down for an hour in front of the TV with a nit comb - nitty gritty one is best.

Then use the oil based treatment on the hair which suffocates them. They actually are immune to most insecticides.

Then in the morning wash and spray with tea tree as a repellent.

tasselhoff - 11 Mar 2019 09:20:47 (#16 of 24)

Raw organic apple cider vinegar and oil.

Then when you've finished he can shake his head over the salad with some added salt. Or you could add the salt to the cure instead.

SinnerBoy - 01 Apr 2019 15:19:16 (#17 of 24)

dottie30 -

They actually are immune to most insecticides.

They are more likely to be resistant in the UK now, but it's in the USA, where most are resistant to over the counter remedies. There are still some effective chemicals.

---- I spoke a bit soon:

https://cks.nice.org.uk/head-lice#!scenario

In the UK, the only chemical insecticide that is currently recommended is Malathion 0.5% aqueous liquid (Derbac-M®), but resistance has been reported.

thisonehasalittlehat - 01 Apr 2019 15:20:27 (#18 of 24)

I think the only real remedy is to keep their heads shaven until they're 28 or 29.

SinnerBoy - 04 Apr 2019 11:46:50 (#19 of 24)

This year, my daughter's class has had nits, several times and an outbreak of worms.

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Apr 2019 11:48:38 (#20 of 24)

An... outbreak?

Eugh.

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