My 3 year old got lice! What do I do?!

@Tatsuya (1150)
United States
April 13, 2007 5:07pm CST
I can't believe it. I was changing my daughters clothes when she was complaining that she was itchy. When she was scratching her head, I told her to stop and let me look. And there they were! At the base of her neck. I have no money right now, and no lice comb, so what can I do to get rid of them? I don't even know how she got them. She stays here all the time with me, and we go outside every now and then. The last time she saw another child, other than her sister, was a few weeks ago. So why, all of a sudden, does she have them? I' so frustrated, what do I do? If anyone knows how I can get rid of them, please tell. And remember, she's only three.
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7 responses
13 Apr 07
My niece kept getting them all the time from school she was between 6/7 years old, but my sister tried all sorts of treatments to get rid of them Then one day my mum turned round and said she had remembered something from when she was a child. She kept getting them from school until her mum was told by another parent to wash her hair in diluted vinegar every night until all the lice have gone then once a month after that and you can also add some lemon juice which can really help too not just for lice but also keeps the hair in realy great condition. Now as your probably thinking my sister did turn around and say there is no way i am washing her hair in vinegar, but after a couple more weeks and my sister had worked out she had spent about a 100 pounds on lice treatment she eventually tried it and to mine and her surprise it worked and she kept the lemon juice up too my niece is 12 years old now and she has better hair than mine. Good luck with what ever you decide to do, but really do not be ashamed your daughter has lice it is a very common thing now days and she could have picked them up from any where so it is not your fault and no-one is to blame.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Thank you very much. You made me feel a lot better. I was embarassed and blaming it on myself. It is embarassing and scary. I don't think I could've even handled it when she was eight. But three is still a young age to get them. I'm just glad her little sister, who is 9 months old, doesn't have them. Once again, thank you.
• Australia
14 Apr 07
lice are nasty little critters aren't they.They are not only a problem for small children but anyone.My daughter (14 yrs)has just got them so I've used a natural lice shampoo bought from a chemist but just to make sure they go completely I'm going to wash our hair with conditioner with a couple drops of tea tree oil.The oil will kill live lice and the conditioner ,I heard,stuns them amd you can easily comb them out . I hope this helps.
@Pateos (79)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I got lice wheni was a baby too, my parents always use to tell me the stories of when i was a baby and how i got lice because the babysitter had lice and gave it to me. They told me that they shaved my head in order to remove all lices. that is the quickest easiest way. Or at least they told me... Anyways you can do that, you can just shave her hole head and she won't have lice anymore (or hopefully)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
Lice combs are pretty cheap, so that shouldn't be a problem. You can get one from your local pharmacy, but make sure you get one with metal teeth, because the plastic ones are no good. If you don't have money for a preparation to kill them, I'd do what I was told to do with my kids. Wet her hair, and then coat it well with hair conditioner. Use the comb to go through a section of hair at a time, making sure you get it all. The lice can't cling to conditioner. You'll need to do this every day for 2 weeks to ensure that you've gotten all the babies and the eggs too. Lice are nasty things but there's nothing to be ashamed of. Kids can get them from ANYWHERE and at this time of year, they seem to be more prevalent than at others.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Wash her hair in vinegar. Then take Mayo and smear it thick in her hair. Wrap in a towel or put on shower cap. Leave on about a half an hour and wash out. Wash all bedding and coats, clothes. Put pillows in dryer on high heat for 20 minutes and sweep floors and empty the sweeper. Alot of times you can call the health department and they have shampoo they can give you. The above is what they had my sister do because she was pregnant and was not even allowed to wash the kids heads in the shampoo.
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
13 Apr 07
head lice are not at all unusual in young children, At this time of year there appears to be something of an eppidemic. Go to a pharmasist or your dr for a preparation to kill them. Otherwise, vinager acts as an effective tretment but it smells im afraid blessed be
• United States
13 Apr 07
Children can get it from anywhere. You'll have to get a shampoo that kills them. Make sure it has a comb with it so you can comb out the nits. Wash all bed clothes, including yours in hot water. Vacuum the floors and couches to make sure they aren't on anything fabric related. I think there is a spray for bedbugs that you can spray onto things such as couches and what not that would probably help after vacuuming to make sure that you've gotten all that exist.