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Oct 7, 2011 10:24:30   #
TXann
 
Many years ago when all 7 of my children were young, my youngest got lice from a cousin. I went to the drugstore and bought the over the counter lice head wash RID and washed everyone's head all 9 of us. Then the Pediatrician gave me a prescription for Kwell and again everyone got their head washed. I washed all linens and clothes and sat with my youngest for a couple of hours each day cleaning her hair of nits (eggs). Lice like to live in hair not in fabric or wood, etc. Two weeks of treatment and my youngest was all clear of head lice and no one else in the family got them. Just keep on top of it and you will get rid of them.
 
Oct 7, 2011 10:32:43   #
Ronie
 
lice like clean heads..LOL thats what my doctor told us when my daughter brought them home. I would, if your concerned put your stash in the freezer... remove carfully and let thaw.. the freezing should kill any bugs.. I know the horror of these pesty little bugs... it happens every fall in Oregon and in Arizona.. I can't say about any of the other states but it seems to be connected with the school.. most parents get the notice that they should be on the look out for them every year.. I wonder where do these bugs live the rest of the time...LOL I wish you all the best and I am sure this will all go away soon...Ronie
Oct 7, 2011 10:44:14   #
jacie
 
I,ve heard of(and tried)another remedy--cover the head with mayonaise: it works like the conditioner. However, I think the conditioner is the best idea I've heard yet.
Oct 7, 2011 10:53:39   #
Orilliaknitter
 
When our sons were little, head lice went through the school. Besides treating their heads, we were advised to boil the laundry, including the blankets and comforters and such or to have them dry-cleaned. That was a long time ago. I don't think I boiled anything, I used hot water only in the washer. The head treatments worked well and the lice did not spread anywhere else in the house. I imagine today's head lice are just as particular about where they lodge, on the head or, as mentioned, in the pubic area. All the best to you.
Oct 7, 2011 10:54:58   #
diecasbeer
 
I use Tea Tree Oil in Shampoo or conditioner to prevent kids from getting them. To start use 15 drops to a sample shampoo and conditioner or 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner together for a month straight. Then I put 50 to 60 drops in a 15 oz. bottle and keep shampooing with the Tea Tree Oil for about 2 to 3 days a week. (If you stop the Tea Tree Oil they will get them again)
You can buy bedding spray to spray your yarn.
Oct 7, 2011 10:56:21   #
kurichan
 
Don't panic. Read the information below, practical and easy to understand. Note: Lice CANNOT JUMP, SWIM, OR FLY. They only crawl and they need a human scalp to survive, meaning once off the scalp, they will die.

I speak from experience, by the way!!

http://www.headlice.org/downloads/faqprint.pdf
 
Oct 7, 2011 10:57:43   #
RitaCarola
 
icis1984 wrote:
I was told by doctor to not use any animal stuff, raid I understand for rugs, beds, etc. At least with the kids. Just asking I can understand same ingrediants, but isn't there more added into the animal stuff?


I have three children (all grown now), but I used to battle lice with all three of them at the same time...It was so bad and their hair is so thick... I was at my wits end... One day my X-husband was babysitting for me... He mixed up a dog dip and lined them all up on the front porch with their heads hanging over the edge and poured dog dip over their heads and it worked... One treatment and they were gone... What a joyous find... It did not harm the kids, the bugs were gone, and mom was so happy...
Oct 7, 2011 10:58:32   #
diecasbeer
 
I use Tea Tree Oil in Shampoo or conditioner to prevent kids from getting them. To start use 15 drops to a sample shampoo and conditioner or 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner together for a month straight. Then I put 50 to 60 drops in a 15 oz. bottle and keep shampooing with the Tea Tree Oil for about 2 to 3 days a week. (If you stop the Tea Tree Oil they will get them again)
You can buy bedding spray to spray your yarn.
Oct 7, 2011 11:11:50   #
KnitterNatalie
 
icis1984 wrote:
How, I do not know. My daughter got head lice from school and spread it to me and her father. I'm cleaning everything that I can, my brother is an exterminator and doing the treatments for free thank god. But part of it is hot steam and I don't think my yarn or current project will survive without being felted. It's a very small stash, should I just throw out the yarn and projects to be safe? Because my yarn is stored in a draw that is apart of my bed and not in bags, I buy yarn as I need for projects.
How, I do not know. My daughter got head lice fro... (show quote)


As a retired RN, I have to warn you against using products on your daughter's hair/scalp that may be more concentrated than the "traditional" lice shampoos...the scalp can absorb a great deal of the chemicals, which is why some of the "old" remedies are no longer available. I have 4 (now grown) children, 3 boys and 1 girl, and of course my daughter was the only child of ours to come home with head lice...twice in 2nd grade...she had thick waist length hair then...talk about a bad hair day!! We finally discovered that the lice were being "shared" when the kids used the large-cuffed head phones during some of the reading classes.

Treatment: Put real moth balls in the plastic bags with your yarn stash and any other non-washables; the louse can't survive this treatment! Since lice are obviously "liking" your daughter's hair, just do a "nit check" about once a week so that neither of you are caught off guard. Best of luck and happy knitting!
Oct 7, 2011 11:21:45   #
black kitty
 
I work in a health food store. I have seen and dealt with lice many times. We have a shampoo with tea tree oil in it for lice. Wash everything washable in vinegar. Vinegar will kill Them. The insecticide that is mostly safe is permethrin. It is like pyrethrin which comes from chrysanthemums and is natural and easy to use. You could rinse your yarn in vinegar. I have also heard of using the plastic bag method. When my daughter got these and when as children my sister and I got them; a very short hair cut was part of the solution. It works well because you can see the scalp and get rid of the nits ( the babies) with a fine tooth comb and cotton balls soaked in vinegar. my daughter and I spent a long time sitting while I wet her hair with the vinegar soaked cotton ball and then combed out the nits.
Oct 7, 2011 11:28:13   #
chriscol
 
Cindy M wrote:
...that pyre-whatever that chemical name is in it. ...dog flea shampoo rather than the expensive stuff from the pharmacy. Again, same ingredients.


Pyrethrins/pyrethrum is a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemums. My vet told me it is so gentle that she used it on nursing momma cats and dogs because it was safe for the babies. It IS hazardous to fish, however.
 
Oct 7, 2011 11:30:53   #
Dlclose
 
where do you get tea tree oil?
Oct 7, 2011 11:38:44   #
little momma
 
nannymcphee wrote:
You could also put a few drops of tea tree oil in a plastic bag and seal it for a few days - they don't like it. I agree that it is highly unlikely for them to leave the host, they need to bite to live. Bedding and hats are more likely to need washing.


I put a couple of drops of tea tree oil in the shampoo and conditioner bottle and this keep you from ever gettin them Or you can buy tea tree oil shampoo at walmart.
Oct 7, 2011 11:43:21   #
jeannewmie
 
I go to Honduras every year on a mission trip. We see many cases of head lice. Since these people are very poor, we've seen that smothering the hair with mayonnaise/oil does work. It smothers the nits & lice. Start at the base of the neck and work your way up, parting the hair in sections (this also helps with the nit-picking process, as the oil untangles the thick hair). Wrap the head in a shower cap or plastic wrap & leave on for 2-4 hrs. Then move to the lice comb and work diligently through tiny sections of the hair, starting at the base of the neck and around the ears in a circuitous pattern. This step is essential. If you have a magnifier with a light, it really helps to see the nits. Wash hair with a small amt of Dawn & coconut shampoo, until all oil is out. Next step: Rinse with Listerine. We've used this method, along with the cleaning of the bedding, etc. and it has been successful. Good luck!
Oct 7, 2011 11:46:39   #
knittingneedles
 
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