Head Lice

Canada
February 4, 2012 8:39pm CST
My boyfriend's daughter has had nothing but continuous problems with his ex wife when it comes to his daughter's head lice problem! My goodness, when he went home at Christmas she had an outbreak, and he stripped everything down, bedding, clothing, you name it, its been done. He is talking to his mother this evening, who has his daughter (they are talking via skype) and she has YET another outbreak! She just said this would be the 10th time since the original outbreak! So we all talked about it, and it is clear that his ex-wife is just being lazy. It breaks my heart to see a 7 year old little girl, whose mother will "appear" like she is being attentive but the minute there is another problem, she says that she has done "everything". Umm nope, she only has re-applied tea tree on her daughter's hair, but the bottle clearly states that it will not treat existing eggs! I know from other children and my experience with lice, it isn't this difficult to get rid of them!
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@Mashnn (4503)
5 Feb 12
I have not heard an experience with head lice or even know how lice looks like but I think there are some remedies that can be used to get rid of the lices provides that high standard of personal hygiene is maintained.
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• Canada
5 Feb 12
Here's the thing, lice is not a matter of someone being dirty. Lice is a highly transmittable issue. Children usually get it from being around others who have it. Chris (my boyfriend) had his mom have been incredibly diligent in getting the kids hair combed etc. The problem is not at his end, it is clearly at her end. If you address it with her, she throws a big fit, and whines etc. I'm not sure what he will do, but his daughter already hates having her hair combed not only because it is naturally curly, but because of the problems with lice.
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@Mashnn (4503)
5 Feb 12
I am not sure about lice but I think from your response I can tell that it seems as if these lice prefer living in hairs that are not well maintained or combed properly. I would suggest someone having a shorter hair if they have problem in maintaing long hair.
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• Canada
5 Feb 12
She used to have long curly and wavy hair, at her last outbreak, her mother cut it off to a bob. His daughter has always disliked her hair being combed. I would imagine because anytime a comb through her hair she winces. I know she has a very sensitive scalp which doesn't help the lice situation either.
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• United States
5 Feb 12
I've never had head live and my daughter never had them. I remember a person in church always had a daughter that always got them. She was so lazy she didn't treat her daughters nits. She would cut strands is hair where she saw nits. The girl's aunt would end up treating her. The mother ended up losing custody if her daughter for neglecting her. The married sister of the little girl got custody of her. She is 13 now and never gets Luce being with her sister.
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• Canada
5 Feb 12
We have been saying that if this keeps up, my boyfriend will go before a judge and say that his ex wife is neglecting their daughter and ask for full custody. As a parent we don't get to make a choice whether we treat an issue or not, we just have to do it, it is our job!!
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@agmamayo (804)
• Philippines
5 Feb 12
Head lice are really a pain in the butt to get rid of. They are the type of parasites that can be easily transmitted from one children to the other. Transmission occurs when an unsuspecting child free from lice, comes near the hair of the infected child, play or use the comb of that child, lying or playing in the bedroom infested by lice and many others. There are so many formulated anti-lice shampoos available in the market today however they can either be expensive or too harsh for the child scalp because of strong chemical additives in the shampoo. Some people have tried tea tree, and said to be good however after a few use the lice still be back because they herbal shampoo cannot kill the eggs that are stuck on the hair strand. There is a simple treatment which is not that too common, and is very cheap indeed. Listerine as we all know is a mouthwash, and a good antiseptic solution. This very well known mouthwash can help prevent and get rid of those pesky lice from your daughters head. Just massage a good amount of Listerine on the scalp for a few minutes before taking a shower, and it is also good for treating recurring dandruff. It is much cheaper than commercially available lice shampoos. Give it a try.
• Canada
5 Feb 12
Really? I had no idea about the using of Listerine. I just told him and he is going to pass it on to his mother, who has his daughter this evening.
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@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
5 Feb 12
Due to the life cycle of the head lice, normally a once off treatment is insufficient because most commercial products will only kill living adult lice but not the eggs. After the eggs are laid, it normally takes about 5-7 days for those eggs to hatch; this means treatment should be repeated approximately a week after the first treatment. This should ensure the lice are eradicated completely and to minimize chances of reinfection. As far as I am aware, there are also preventative hair sprays that prevent head lice outbreaks. I think tea-tree products are not effective enough to kill head lice; pyrethrin-based products and products that contain malaleuca oil should be better in my opinion. Oh well, hope the little girl is OK.....I can just imagine with the outbreak and reoccurence, how much she would be scratching her head!
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• United States
5 Feb 12
It's quite the PITA to deal with IMO especially if more than one person has it. What needs to be done is not only the washing but for someone to sit down and comb or cut the nits out of her hair and do this several times a day for like a week. I used a combination of tea tree oil, water, and conditioner mixed in a spray bottle and I would comb their hair out several times a day with a lice comb. Also to put a few drops of tea tree oil in the family/childs shampoo and connditioner helps keep them at bay also. I know this can be a hassel as when SIL's came to visit that when my girls had caught them. And they've had problems with lice on and off I'd say for the past 10 years! It's BS if you ask me.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
5 Feb 12
Sometimes I think that medication to rid oneself of head lice wouldn't be that effective if we don't complement it with proper grooming and clean surroundings. Probably the mother of the girl had indeed neglected to properly groom her daughter. Maybe your boyfriend should take care of this matter himself being that his ex-wife apparently is, like you said, is lazy and probably remiss of her obligations as a mother.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
7 Feb 12
The tea tree shampoo doesnt treat the eggs or lice that are on other things...like say a hat...or a hairbrush, a pillow. If the childs mother doesnt take the time to clean up the environment the child is in then lice will reoccur. The other thing is...sharing a hairbrush, hair ties, hats etc at school is a nono in an area lice are common. My sisters and i got lice as kids once...My mom was incredibly grossed out by them and i know even now she says she went overboard...but she boiled our hairbrushes and hair ties...anythng that couldnt be boiled or Washed in hot water she put out in the shed (it was winter) for 24 hours to freeze them. We werent allowed to share hairbrushes combs, pony trails barrettes, hats, coats, anything that someone else may have used basically...after that.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
7 Feb 12
Oh she also sat down with us nightly when we had them and used a fine tooth comb to pick out the nits
• Canada
7 Feb 12
Thank you for your very helpful insight. I will be sure to share this with my boyfriend :)