Q&A: Kids Got Lice? What to Do!

QUESTION AND ANSWERS

“Nothing convinces kids to wash / treat their hair regularly and not share hair brushes etc. than the threat of being shaved bald,” writes Joshua Diamond.

One of our readers recently wrote about her concerns around LICE. Any ideas on how to prevent lice and/or how to treat it? Share your experiences, suggestions and resources!

  • Ann Dawson Saalfrank writes, “Hair spray.  Spray under the hair and on the sides. Lice like it warm so that is where they go and they can not stick to the hair spray.”
  • Shannon Madden writes,Fairy Tales Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioning Spray. Knock on wood my kids have never had them and I think Fairy Tales is why.”
  • Amy Meltzer writes, “My takeaway from the whole lice sage is the Nix Lice Treatment and RID Lice don’t work. If we had an expensive “lice lady” in town, I would hire her in a heartbeat next time we get lice, even if I had to take a second mortgage on the house….”
  • Maxwell Alexander writes, “Ditto on the Fairy Tales!”
  • Crissy Halloran writes, “Prevention = tea tree oil along the hairline.”
  • Joshua Diamond writes, “Nothing convinces kids to wash / treat their hair regularly and not share hair brushes etc. than the threat of being shaved bald. All it takes is one kid in the school every couple of years, and the story spreads…”
  • Amanda Kingsley writes, “I condition my kids hair with tea tree conditioner when I know it’s around and I try to keep long hair back. We’ve been lucky, so far.”
  • Susan Lillie Robert writes, “Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo as this prevents head lice.”
  • Li Dolan writes, “Other strong scented essential oils such as rosemary or eucalyptus will work just as well as tea tree with out the toxicity. It is the scent that repels them. As for treatment, I have had good results with the cetaphil treatments and The Lice Program combing regimen.  My favorite comb for doing my daughter’s hair is the Terminator Comb. I have to do my own hair though and find that any metal toothed comb works well.

For more resources on the topic of lice, here’s a Pintrest board with pictures and videos.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Gilles San Martin]

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