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School Has Begun: Has Head Lice?

From one parent to another; passing along information of my experience having dealing with head lice.

I cringe to hear those words; "head lice". After last years, what seemed to be, town wide breakout. For the 1st time my two children had caught it. I hope to NEVER have to experience that again. I thought I would blog about the subject being September and kids are back in school. I am no expert but I have had to deal with it in my house. When we were going through it I didn't feel like I got any solid advice on how to get rid of them.

If you are dealing with it right now; I offer some advice:

The comb I used was "RIDvantage Lice Comb". It has a handle. You can find it at a pharmacy maybe even at Wal-Mart and Target.

Comb the hair while wet you can grab the nits easier that way. Comb with a bit of a twist.

If you have a boy and you can shave his head that is a great solution. My daughter has hair that reaches her waistline. I combed her hair wet for hours. She was a determined child and did not want to cut her hair. With TV and patience we eventually got rid of the nasty buggers. If I knew what I knew now I'm not even sure I would treat the kids with chemicals for head lice. I am sure that statement is controversial. I never treated my son for it. He opted to shave his head! my opinion is the chemicals are strong and they don't even kill the nits. They kill the live bugs, yes. The nits hatch into new bugs. So comb comb comb. I also used vinegar in my daughters hair which made the consistency rough and helped grabbed the nits. However, in the end a wet head, correct comb, and determination got the job done.

I So if you have any questions on the subject feel free to post them.

If your child has head lice or you think they do - please deal with it. Don't ignore it or slack on taking care of it. Also, please let the school know so they can take precautions. This nuisance is not something to be ashamed of. It's out there, everywhere and it happens.Now that we are all back in school check your kids periodically!

Well, enough talk about that nasty subject. On to the next blog!

Good luck to all in the 2012/2013 school year : )

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Northborough Resident September 05, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I have also heard that shampooing with Tea Tree shampoo helps PREVENT the head lice (like a bug repellent). I'm not above getting some Paul Mitchell to avoid the head lice! (I'm sure there are other brands but that's the one I've seen most recently).
Ruth Reeve September 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Trader Joes sells tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner..it worked a treat on my kids last year!!
Diane October 04, 2012 at 02:47 PM
good ideas ladies...I might just have to pick up some TJ's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, my daughter is in preschool/daycare but alot of school age kids go there before and after school so they had a bit of a break out last year too.

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