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      17.07.2012 02:32
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      The gentle way to be rid of headlice.

      ~ Nit so nice! ~ Arghh! Having had four boys, I thought I may be lucky enough to avoid the dreaded nits, little did I know! My two elder children have never suffered with headlice despite coming home from school regularly with a small letter informing us parents that there has been an infestation reported at the school and to please check our children's hair, which I have done many times and not ever found a thing, that is until my second youngest started school! My five year old is a little blonde haired angel (not!) and he doesn't have just one or two friends in his class he is friends with everyone, insisting on hugging them, and generally playing with all of them. At quiet time where they sit on the carpet and have a story or watch a film, my son feels the need to shuffle aimlessly around the class until he has sat with everybody so I wasn't at all surprised when he managed to come home from school with headlice! We had all received the generic school letters and as always we proceeded to check the children's hair. It had gotten to a point that the school were sending out a little green tooth comb and a letter saying that treatment for lice could be gotten free on prescription for the children as there were certain parents who were not in the slightest bit bothered and it was usually these children who who re-infest the school! I sat my son on a chair in the kitchen, beside me I had a dish of boiling water from the kettle and I came armed with my deadly tooth comb and cheap bottle of conditioner, making sure I had scraped my hair firmly back into the tightest pony tail I could, resulting in me getting a Chelsea Facelift! He was sat there slathered in conditioner whilst I checked and combed every last bit of his hair, in total I think I got about 20 things out of his hair including live lice and eggs. When I was satisfied, I rinsed, dried and sat him back in the chair again for another dose of 'nit catchers'. This time I got none at all so after sorting him back out again I was satisfied that for now there was nothing more I could do. Whilst in town the next day I picked up a metal toothed tooth comb and after school repeated yesterdays performance once again, I manged to find a few, and I guessed that I had probably missed a few eggs the night before. After this he had no problems at all for at least a few months, then it happened again, so I stuck with what I knew and used the comb, conditioner and water method again. I think had my son not been a boy but he was a girl I probably would have bought a solution from the pharmacy but the method worked brilliantly on his short hair, I cannot comment on how well it would work on longer hair. I also preferred it as there are no chemicals so it is much gentler on the hair. I found it quite satisfying in a strange way to crush the little blighters and then submerse them in the boiling pits of despair that was my bowl of boiling water. I really feel for parents of little girls with long hair as I bet this is one of their worst nightmares! They say that lice prefer clean hair, yet they leave you feeling grubby and dirty, I am itchy just writing this! ~ Comb, conditioners, boiling water and perseverance worked for me, give it a try! ~ Just to clarify my rating of 5 stars is for this treatment method and not a huge thumbs up to getting nits! Thanks for reading :o) x

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        23.02.2012 14:27
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        This chemical free method worked fine for our family.

        ---What Are Head Lice?--- From www.netdoctor.co.uk 'Lice are very common in children. Transmission is via head-to-head contact and has nothing to do with hygiene.' ---Why I Got The Problem--- Funnily enough I never got head lice (or nits) when I was in Primary School in the 1960s. When I had my two sons in the late 80s and 90s we often got these general letters back from teachers to 'check for nits' - but I escaped for quite a few years - possibly because my sons kept their hair quite short. However when youngest son was about 8 I noticed him scratching his scalp a lot - especially when in bed - so I did a check and was then horrified to find these head lice. ---What Was I To Do?--- I know there are many products that you can buy from the chemist to use for head lice - but I hated the idea of using chemicals - both on myself and on the children. ---Who Had the Nits?--- Well of course by the time I realised the youngest son had them I found I also had some -and I was the one with longer hair! Plus eldest son, then just a teenager, was horrified to find he had a few, as did their father. ---What I Did--- Well the first thing I did was buy a few of those 'nit combs' with very close together teeth and proceeded to carefully comb through everyone's hair a few times a day - I also made sure to wash all the pillowcases very regularly - often daily. The best thing I stumbled upon was using Avon Quick Touch Leave In Conditioner. This I would use liberally over everyone's hair - it made it very silky and slippery and the nits and eggs seemed to come off more easily. I would apply the conditioner twice a day and comb through everyone's hair very carefully. I suppose it was a time consuming job - especially for me as I had to do my own long hair as well - but much better than plastering our heads with insecticide. It was quite satisfying seeing how many came out on the comb each time - as each time there would be less until after a few days there would be none. i would then do it a few more times just to be on the safe side. Overall we had about 2 or 3 infestations - but I always managed to clean them up within the week and do not know why people think it such a laborious way of eradicating the head lice. ---Products Used--- Advance Techniques Daily Shine Quick Touch Leave In Conditioner - £2.80 but can be bought on offer. Nit fine toothed combs are available from most chemists and online from around £1. ---Quick Summary--- * Apply Leave In Conditioner * Comb through with fine toothed comb * Use twice a day ---Would I Recommend?--- Yes definitely worth trying - it never failed for me. ---Research Evidence--- From www.netdoctor.co.uk: 'A 2005 study found wet combing more effective than insecticides at curing head lice infestations.' ---Avon Website--- http://avonshop.co.uk/

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          22.02.2012 20:27
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          I hope that my review has been helpful

          Please be warned that if you are anything like me, when the subject of head lice comes up, you immediately start to scratch your head. The question that many of us ask ourselves as well as others, is do head lice prefer clean or dirty hair? Well in my opinion it doesn't really matter to them, they will go to anyone. When I was a small child my Mother is demented at the amount of times that I came home with head lice in my hair as she thought they only went to dirty hair. My Mother washed and checked my hair 3 times a week and when they were found in my hair she wouldn't stop running the nit comb through my hair till my scalp was red raw. As I grew up and had my first child, we lived next door to a family that loved children but to be fair their personal hygiene was awful. The children that lived next door always wanted to play with my girl, you could see them scratching their head every few minutes, so it wasn't long until my 8 month old daughter had them in her very fine baby hair. I was absolutely mortified and stopped talking to the family next door as I didn't' have the heart to tell their Mother to get off her backside and get rid of the mountains of head lice that lived in 4 of her daughter hairs, I mean in all honestly it isn't the children's fault. When I was a child my hair had always been very long, right down to my bottom, and also rather thick. Most of the time my Mother would always make sure that my hair was up in a ponytail to try to save me from getting them. But it never, ever worked no matter how hard my Mother tried. Most little girls are quite cuddly and whispering secrets to their friend, I was one of these little girls which is probably why I was always coming home with them. It didn't help by the fact that at school one of our favourite games was playing hairdressers in he play ground at lunch time. Head lice are small dark brown insects that live off the blood of a person by biting their scalp. They can be passed by walking from one hair to another, using someone else bush, or ever towel. I have to laugh at my Mother, even to this day still believes that they can live in your pubic area (laughs out loud) I have explained to my Mum that this cannot happen, what she is thinking about is pubic lice which can be passed on by sexual intercourse, a complete different topic all together. Some people use the words headl ice and some use the word nits, what some people do not realise is that they are two different things. Nits are the babies that are hatched from the head lice, this looks like a little see through egg, if you squash it you will hear it crack, this is a nit. Nits, head lice eggs, get stuck on the hair shaft closest to the scalp that they can get. After around 7 days the egg hatches and are born around 2 weeks later when they are fully grown, then they start to lay their eggs. Normally if you find nits in your hair, you will either find a mummy or daddy head lice in your hair, your partners or even your child or children. It is better to check the whole household hair even the Fathers if it is short or not as when I was little my Father thought that it was silly for my Mother to check his hair as he hardly had any and surprise, surprise he had the biggest head lice of us all. After a few years of me constantly getting them, my Mother realised that I was in a tremendous amount of pain and had developed a number of scabs around my head where she has been pulling the nit comb through my hair. I think the reason that my Mother never noticed how sore it was for me for so long, is that after many years she was diagnosed with OCD which for those that do not know is a cleaning compulsive disorder. So without thinking she had to get the nits and head lice out as soon as she could as to her my hair was dirty and have to be cleaned. However she she did finally notice she went to the chemist and had explained to them that I was constantly getting them and couldn't get them cleared out of my head. The chemist had recommend that she used a lotion, unfortunately I cant remember the name of the product. From what I can remember as it was many many years ago the lotion had to be put on dry hair, massaged into the scalp and left for a while before rinsing he lotion off, then taking a nit come through the hair to get all the dead head lice out. I remember the day that my Mother used this on me, it scared the hell out of me. I remember coughing as my Mum put the lotion on my hair, by the time I got into the bath to rinse it off I couldn't breath for the fumes that was coming off the lotion. My Mother quickly rinsed it off and got me out of the bath and out for some fresh air to help clear my lungs. The head lice lotion was suitable for children and came with no warning for children that was asthmatic which I wasn't but got help me if I was. Luckily my Mother never used it on me again. She learned that if she washed my hair with normal shampoo and left a thick layer of conditioner rubbed into my hair and left for half an hour, you can comb through your hair while the conditioner was still in and the head lice would just slide out the hair. Although all through school I was never cleared from head lice, my Mothers new technique saved me getting a sore and irritated scalp. When my daughter had them at 8 months old, my heart sank, to be fair I felt like an awful Mother. My Nana had recommended getting a lotion but after what I had experienced as a child I wasn't about to put my own small child through what could possible have the same income or worse. As I got home, I looked out a nit come and started to comb through my daughters hair. It wasn't long before I noticed that her hair was too thin for the nit comb to work. I sat and read my daughter a story, not long after that she fell asleep on my lap. I tilted her head to one side and started to search through her fine hair, sliding and cracking the nits when I came across them. Just by luck my daughter slept for three hours which allowed me to pull them all out one by one. I realised that I didn't find any head lice just nits so I realised that I had to have it. Sure enough when I washed my hair and went through it I found a large one with no head lice. My daughter will be 7 his year and luckily she has never had them since. If you search the internet you will probably find many different ways to get rid of the head lice but my opinion is plain and simple. Save your money, save your time. Wash the infected hair as normally, shampoo and condition. Leave the conditioner in the hair for half an hour and comb through while in the bath. Rinse the hair and comb through again once out of the bath, where you will probably find a few more. Continue every 2 days and you should be clear of them within a week. I hope that my review is of some use to you thank you for taking the time to read it. Thanks again.

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            20.08.2010 02:12
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            a common problem

            Head lice infestations seem to be on the rise in the UK, when I was at primary school the nit nurse used to come round and if you were infested then you were removed from school until your head was clear. The nit nurse no longer exists and children with headlice are no longer banned from going to school, it only takes one child in a class with parents who do not check and treat their child's hair for all the rest of the class to become repeatedly infested with the dreaded beasties. Teachers know what kids are regularly infested with nits but are powerless to do anything about it. Head lice are small insects which survive by sucking the blood from the scalp. They are not dangerous and do not spread diseases but are horrible to have as they make the afflicted person have a really itchy head. There are various methods to get rid of them and I will share my experience of what has and has not worked. It is recommended that parents check their child's head with a fine toothed nit comb every week. The best way to do this is when there is conditioner in the hair to allow the comb to run freely through the hair, lice tend to congregate behind the ears or at the nape of the neck so be especially vigilant in those areas. If a child is infested you will find you remove live lice which are less than ½ a cm long and also small brown dots which are the eggs of the lice and known as nits. If your child has lice it is important to check the rest of the family too. If you detect live lice then you will need to treat the infestation using either chemicals or wet combing to remove the live lice. The headlouse has a life cycle of a week from laying eggs to those hatching so the aim is to break this life cycle by treating twice a week apart so that any surviving eggs do not have the ability to produce lice that live long enough to lay eggs of their own. There are many different types of chemicals available over the counter from the pharmacist which work by poisoning the insects or by physically smothering them. The problem is that we now have supernits which are immune to many of the poisons so many over the counter treatments don't work any more. I have found the most effective over the counter treatment is Hedrin which works by smothering the lice as they have not developed immunity to this yet. Headlice treatments cost from around £3 upwards for a bottle to treat one head, a child with long hair may need two bottles per application. In some parts of the country you can get headlice treatment on prescription free from the pharmacist or a doctor or health visitor may prescribe it meaning it is free for kids. Treating more than one child can be an expensive business. The other way of eradicating headlice is to comb through the hair on a twice weekly basis using a nit comb. I recommend the Nitty Gritty comb, although at £10 it is more expensive than other combs on the market it really is worth the extra money. Wet combing the hair when it has conditioner on it is a very time consuming task especially if the child has long hair but this method does work if you are prepared to persist and be consistent. Many parents think the treatment has failed when headlice appear again after a couple of weeks but it is possible the child has become reinfested again. There are also electric nit combs for sale which cost from £10 upwards and work by electrocuting any lice they come in contact with. I bought one of these combs and found it an expensive waste of money. Prevention is better than cure and simple things like tying back long hair before a child goes to school or applying tea tree or neen oil to the scalp to deter the beasties can help. Lice are spread by the insects crawling between heads so discouraging close contact between your child and their classmates may help. Unfortunately headlice are very common these days and most children will catch them at least once during the nursery and primary school years however the parent can take control of the problem by regularly checking their child's head and treating the problem as soon as they find it.

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              06.06.2010 22:00
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              Do head lice/nits prefer clean or dirty hair a lot of people may ask - well they are not fussed. My eldest daughter has always had very long hair, it has been down her back since she was about 3 or 4 but for school I always put it in a pony or two or plaited it. Then there was an outbreak of nits at school so I put it in buns. Some may know from a shampoo review I did, I believe hair self cleans, so my daughter only had her hair washed twice a year and it was in fab condition. The best thing was she NEVER got nits. I didn't know anything about nits, my best friend's daughter who was the same age as mine got them at nursery and she totally blitz the house after putting treatment on them all. She later said she would never blitz the house again if it happened. So I always used to say if my daughter got them I was sending her to her to sort them. Anyway it never happened. What I didn't know is that nits and head lice are not the same thing. Head lice are small dark grey - dark brownish insects that live off the blood of a person by biting the scalp. They can not fly or jump so are only passed on by walking from one hair to another. They are often found in young children's hair as they often put their heads together in games and to tell secrets. Nits are the head lice eggs and are white specks that get stuck in the hair and stick there with glue like thing. After about seven days the eggs hatch and baby lice are born about 2 weeks later they are fully grown and then they start laying eggs. Well just before my eldests birthday party she wanted her hair washing as her head had been itchy - I had checked for nits and seen nothing. In fact I had commented on what good condition her hair was in and how shiny it looked. As her hair is very long I have to help her wash it so at 10 and very nearly 11 I started washing her hair and then I saw it a grey black thing moving. Now I was very calm as it was a lot smaller than I imagined nits to be - sorry I now know they aren't nits but head lice. Anyway I shouted her dad to come and check and then off I went to the chemist, came back £30+ lighter with an electric nit comb, full marks (a nit treatment) and tea tree shampoo/conditioner for children. So with about 3 hours till my daughters party I set about puttiing the treatment on her and the youngest although my husband had said the youngest didn't have them as he had checked whilst I was out. So it was only quickly done on her for the time being. As you can imagine it took ages to do on my eldest I massaged the stuff into her hair left it for 20 mins+ combed it then washed it out. I then put some conditioner on and started combing through her bum length hair and my gawd there were lots coming out (the comb I used came with the solution - very fine toothed). My daughter was horrified and very upset that she had 'nits' but we reassured her that most people in her class had probably had them. The next day we discovered the youngest did infact have them so because I had quickly put the treatment on the day before I wasn't going to put it on again (I don't like using chemicals but had paniced a bit when I bought it I think) So I conditioned her hair and had to blackmail her with a big bar of chocolate so I could fine comb through it. To cut a long story short this happend in March and we were still having problems 2 maybe 3 months later. I am convinced it is a child at the nursery where my youngest goes as I informed the nursery and they sent out the dutyful message but nobody else has mentioned it, so I don't mention it now. Once they were got rid of I thought great I used the electric nit comb every few days and conditioned and fine combed their hair every couple of days, then they appeared again so I just conditioned with tea tree conditioner (which is suppossed to work as the lice don't like it) and fine combed it. I had been doing this every other day for a month, some days nothing and then they appear again. So because of all this my daughter will have to continue to wash her hair more often as the self cleaning has been broken. I have searched the internet for treatments and have come across quite a few, most people recommend what I am doing conditioning and combing but some of the strange ones involve putting mayonnaise on the hair and then covering it over night with plastic bags and a shower cap. I have to say I have not tried this but maybe soon. Other ways are to hand pull the eggs off and another one is wash the hair in vinegar. Today though I came across another solution neem oil. So I have ordered a pack which is said to get rid of the nasty creatures. It contains one 360ml neem oil shampoo one 360ml neem oil conditioner and one150ml pure neem oil for £25 and £2.50 p&p so i hope it works. The plan is you massage the oil into the hair and leave for about 10 minutes, you then wash out using the neem oil shampoo, followed by the conditioner and comb through with a nit comb. This has to be done for 3-4 days then use weekly until you are sure ther is no contact with them etc. Neem Oil contains substances which mimic insect hormones called 'ecdysones'. These disrupt feeding, breeding and metamorphosis. So when the pack arrive I will try it for 4 days then use once a week and will up date this review as to whether it has worked. This did work and I have done a review on the neem oil which I totally rate.

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                10.04.2010 12:23
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                This is the best way to get rid of headlice.

                OK, this is a yukky one, but one that has been close to hy heart, or should that be my head, for the last couple of days! Our local school has a BIG nit problem...It has always had a bad reputation for this, and unfortunately my daughter seems to be a living nit sanctuary! The trouble is, for all of the diligent parents who religiously check their kids hair, there are lots who don't, so the problem can never fully be resolved. Of course, back in our day (I'm not that old!) we had the nit nurse, who for some unfathomable reason has now been abolished (health and safety!). I think the nit protection society must be involved somewhere! Oh, by the way, nits are the eggs, lice are the adults. One thing I have learned from this is that many of the over the counter remedies are useless, as the lice become resistant to them. The only useful remedy is called bug busting, and involves nothing more than a bottle of conditioner and a fine tooth comb. Basically, the idea is to break the life cycle of the lice, by catching them before they breed. This involves removing all adult lice from the head. You need to condition the childs hair so that the comb can run freely through, and then it is a case of persistently checking every section of hair. Be warned. This can be shocking! You get LOTS off this way. With the adults gone, it is just a case of repeating the treatment every 3 days, to catch all the tiny lice that have eveaded the tooth comb. As long as you are persistent and regular in the treatment, the child should be clear within a week or two. My only other advice is to keep the hair short or tied back, as lice cannot fly, so you need to prevent transfer from head to head. Anyone who has this problem has my sympathy, but as I have said, it is treatable. For more advice, type "bug busting" into the search engine. It really works. I hope this helps someone!

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                  Headlice love loose hair

                  This is a tough one for any mum. Just thinking about headlice makes me feel itchy. I have read a number of the comments in the reviews here and I concur, most of the advice will work some of the time for some of the children, but there are one or two tips that have not been mentioned here, so, I'll go for it. As I may have mentioned, I have children and grandchildren, so I go back a generation to when my children were at school. I alway made sure that their hair was done in French plaits, and the ends were secured with a bright pretty ribbon. Slides and combs decorated the top part of their hair and kept it flat against their heads. Why was this so important? Because no matter what you may have heard, head lice can't fly. They actually crawl from head to head. So they find it easier to spread where two peple have direct head to head contact, as children often do. If their hair is flying around, there is more opportunity for this to happen. As children get older they can be made aware of the problem, so if they can take evasive action.

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                    13.06.2008 19:36

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                    Another treatment that I got in my local pharmacy was Lythrin - it's Permethrin creme and takes 10 minutes to kill the lice and the eggs. I'v used stuff before that only kills the lice and then you have to wait for the next batch of lice to hatch before you kill them too... how hideous. I think that one was called Headrine. Anyway, Lythrin seemed to do the job - I put it on Josh's hair for a bit longer to make sure the lice were well and truly dead. To be honest I think it's good to use diferent stuff as lice do get used to one treatment and can live through it. I think the one I got was about £3.99

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                    27.05.2008 12:32
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                    fantastic find

                    this is a subject i seem to know more about than i really want to but it has plauged me for about 6 years now since my daughter started nursery aged 4! My daughter is mixed race and has really thick,curly hair which head lice seem to love and over the years i have tried everything on the market to get rid of them-finally stumbled on a really simple solution. First of all let me say there are loads of treatments available and they may be reall y effective for some children-i tried every lotion,cream and solution but not only was they not effective long term,i didnt like the idea of putting loads of chemicals on her hair every week which was what i was doing! i even had my doctor pescribe a lotion that smelt like well i cant even describe it but rest assured it was awful,also it was "highly flammable" which gave me some concerns! Anyway was in Boots one day searching for something i hadnt tried yet and i saw a metal comb called"nit free" it looked like a normal nit comb but when i read the packaging it said it had spiral teeth which remived not only the nits but the eggs as well which as every parent knows the eggs are the things the lotion doesnt get rid of so they hatch again-vicious circle. So i decided to try the comb it cost £9.99 quite expensive for a comb but believe me its worth it! My daughter washes her hair at night with tea tree conditioner and when its still wet i comb her hair with the comb it takes about 10 minutes and we have been nit free for 6 months-MIRACLE! the comb gets out any nits and because it gets out the eggs it means theres nono to hatch therefore you are nit free! You need to comb out at least every 2 days otherwise any nits that get on to the head will lay eggs and hatch and you are back to square one but if you follow the routine-well no chemicaals and no nits!

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                      Head Lice: The best product i found was called HLS Shampoo from enquiries@esprotection.com. It was great, used once on all the family, fantastic. I was most impressed it did not contain any nasty ingredients. It cost £12.00 plus £2.50 delivery for 500mls. I was worried about the debris left by some products -but that is also covered as they is a free double action comb with each bottle, is also great for cat grooming.

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                      24.07.2002 08:04
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                      I've tried a few things but the best treatments I've found are those with essential oils and neem oil. Quassia chip extract is good too - it was widely used during the last world war to combat head lice - before those nasty chemicals emerged. Nice 'n clear has neem and essential oils and it works but it is rather smelly and so not ideal as a repellent. I found a new product on-line called Ultra-Nix containing these ingredients. You saturate the scalp and comb the hair with the oil solution for a couple of hours. Then you use it on 3 separate occasions around 5 days apart to be confident you kill any newly hatched lice. To stop reinfection Ultra-Nix spray is sold as part of the kit. My 4 year old has been free from lice now for the whole of the school year. See healthleadsuk.com where you can also get access to a free head lice advice line. I was told essential oils affect the sensory organs of the lice,and the neem oil is hormone-like, thus it stops growth and feeding.

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                        Well its my first time................. Charlie has been at nursery since she was 8 months old, school nursery, and now we are in the last term of Reception and its finally happened - NITS. Its my own fault. I should have realized that putting a 5 year old's hair in a pony tail every morning was meant to be a nightmare. I should have known that if you have thick strong hair (unlike her mother ? sigh!), that it would get luggy and would end in a crying match every time I picked up a brush. But no I thought I would be clever, I took Charlie to have her hair cut into a lovely bob, no more messing about with slides and bobbles. Just a quick flick with the brush and away we go!!!! So having her hair down for the first time - Charlie took full advantage and walked around swinging her hair as if she was on a L'Oreal advert. Unfortunately she swung it in the direction of a little bleeda with nits. So I had just parked the car at school and happened to glance at Charlie's hair. To my utter horror there were little white flecks which needed to be pulled along the hair to be freed. One blood curdling scream later (at this point both kids were pressed firmly against the back windscreen wondering what on earth had happened), I took her into school. I have now found out that having a child with nits is like being pregnant - everyone wants to give you horror stories and advice.... Oh yes my little 'un had them as big as yer 'ouse, three weeks of combing to get rid of them, nearly took her 'ead off doin' it..... etc etc etc So off to Boots. I walked up to the counter confidently to ask for a nit comb (although I nearly bottled it and asked for condoms instead!!) but unfortunately they were sold out. Season for them the pharmacist said sympathetically. So I bought three bottles of industrial strength Tea Tree Oil conditioner (Boots Own) and got a comb from Sainsbury's. So at this point I better explain what Nits are. Head lice are orrible little insects. They are small about the size of a pin head and live on the scalp. They only live on humans and feed by drinking your blood. The head lice are not the Nits - these are the egg cases laid by the head lice which are stuck onto the hair shaft. They start of black (with the lava inside) and when they are white it means the egg has hatched. The life cycle of a head louse is about 14 days from hatching to laying millions (exaggeration but it seems that many) of eggs and then dying (hurrah!). They tend to live behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. This is the best place to find the eggs (and boy did I find them) Now there are several ways to combat these nasty little things and here they are: I did ask the pharmacist if I could use paraquat but she got all sniffy and started mumbling things about NSPCC and the fact that it is very poisonous for children - so I decided to give that a miss. There are chemical treatments on the market - Full Marks being one of them. This is a liquid which contains Phenothrin ? a chemical which kills the lice. It is expensive at £9.99 for a 200ml bottle, and there is no guarantee that it works. Damp Combing Now the Consultants in Communicable Disease Control are not sure that this method is effective - no scientific study has ever been conducted. But everyone I know says that combing through conditioner is the best way to sort out the little blighters. So wash your child's hair with shampoo as normal. Rub hair so it is not dripping, then apply a lot of conditioner - Tea Tree Oil is said to be the best as the head lice prefer something a little more upmarket - (not really its the smell apparently and I have to say they have got good taste!!) Now comb the hair with a wide tooth comb to remove the tangles. Section the hair and using a fine toothed comb (nit comb) start at the scalp and comb th e the length of the hair. After each sweep check the comb for creepy crawlies. Repeat for entire scalp. The worst thing about this, is that although the comb may remove the bugs, it doesn't remove the eggs. So if you see an egg separate the hair and then pull the egg along the hair shaft until it comes off. Make a yukky sound and wipe on a piece of tissue. You may find that during this operation your head becomes extremely itchy - don't worry you probably haven't been infected it's just psychological!!! You will feel riffy for about three weeks until you have more important things to worry about. Now you have to do this for a week - every night - at least. Then every other night for the next week. This is the only way to make sure that you have removed the eggs and lice completely. You will have to put up with crying and moaning, moving of head just when you had found an egg etc etc. You will have to plead, cajole, threaten to get the child to sit in one place until you have finished. The first night it took two hours. But eventually there will be light at the end of the tunnel and you will have a child with silky soft hair and no white bits in it!!! Charlie now has her hair up for school - on the first morning she was upset and said she didn't want a pony tail - but as I said to her its lucky I didn't make her wear a swimming hat............................. Hope you never have to go through this If you do my sympathies are with you Thanks for reading Mel

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                          28.04.2002 16:42
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                          One of the hazards of my job is that I am prone to headlice infestation. I have had it several times and have only used chemical treatment once. I don't make any medical claims but this works for me. Even though I am an adult, nits/lice love my hair: 1. Wash your hair thoroughly, massaging the roots well. I have done this with Tea Tree shampoo, but I am not sure that this worked any better than normal shampoo (it seemed to, but I couldn't swear to it) - I didn't really do a 'fair test'. What it did do is make my scalp feel very pleasant. 2. Whack in loads of conditioner - use one for dry hair which is thicker and more oily. This will literally stop any adult lice from gaining a foothold on your hair! 3. Comb hair through using a wide toothed comb until there are no tangles - then a narrow toothed comb. 4. Now comb the conditioner through using a basic nit comb (you don't need a posh one). Spend plenty of time over this working your way around the head, paying special attention to the back of the head and around the hair line. If possible, when you have done this, put your head upside down and work back the other way. Your comb should contain nits/lice of varying stages of development. If you look closely at those tiny brown specks you will see that these are in fact baby lice! (Yeuch!) 5. Do this EVERY DAY. You will definitely not get rid of them all in one go. Not just when you think the nits/lice are gone, but for at least a week. In fact, in the early stages, I do this twice a day for at least three days, morning and night because I can't stand it! 6. As a preventative measure, follow this routine AT LEAST once a week. For those of you with oily hair, who are a bit nervous about dry hair conditioner I don't really know what to suggest. Perhaps you'll have to put up with oily hair until the nits/lice go or I suppose you could try an oily hair conditioner but I don't know how well this would work. I know that Tea Tree conditioners are available from health food shops. Perhaps this would be preferable. Also, remember that headlice like clean, healthy hair so if you are one of these people, keep your hair well combed and keep an eye out for the warning signs -itching around the base of the skull or any discomfort or mild burning sensation - I come out in a bumpy rash even in the very early stages of infestation and there is no other evidence. HORRIBLE!

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                            21.03.2002 02:46
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                            My children suffer from head-lice and I have tried several products to rid them and none have worked. My children also have very fine hair and not one nit comb touches their hair so I have the pain staking task of having to go through their hair with my fingers. A couple of years ago whilst on holiday I checked their hair and found that they had nits and as I already knew the conventional methods did not work on their hair. My boyfriend who never suffers from the lodgers (as we call them in our household) suggested brake fluid. I know what you are thinking this very moment, I thought the same. I asked him why brake fluid and he told me that because whilst he was a mechanic the lodgers wouldn`t settle in his hair. I was shocked by his opinion but I thought to myself, well I will give it a go, I will try anything once, I tried it and beleive it or not it did work. Not only did it kill the lice but it killed the eggs too. All I done was to put it on their hair for 20 minutes and then wash it off. Not recommended for people with coloured or dyed hair. Try it if other products do not work and let me know how you get on.

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                              06.03.2002 16:18
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                              IM scratching just reading these opinions ive had a bad job with head lice I got 3 of my own children and 2 step kids. The step kids are both girls and they were both full with head lice, when we got them to our house they were full from root to tip,I tried everything there mother told me she only done the conditioner treatment but from the look of their hair they hadnt been done at all. (sorry stopping for a scratch ) I tried everything to get rid of these pests but they didnt ever seem to go, I tried full marks mousse and lotion,I used Prioderm with no affect i used Tea Tree Oil and Lavender,apart from making my bathroom smell nice that again had no affect, but the one thing i did find that worked and got rid of both live nits and eggs was an electronic dog flea comb (obviously a new one). I know it sounds awfull but I had to do it, neither me nor my partner nor my 3 kids had ever had nits before but since we had the girls we had an out break every 2 weeks untill I used this flea comb, now we havent had a break of them for 6 weeks (fingers crossed. I now use Tea Tree Oil on the kids hair every night without fail and hopefully it will stay that way .......hope this helps anyone whos got it as bad as I had it ...............GOOD LUCK WITH THE DREADDED SPIDERS

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