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UUUGGGHHHH!! Headlice again!!
Old 12-03-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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We were out of school for the first 2 weeks of November because of these little buggers and now they're back! These little critters are robbing me of my paycheck and my children of their education!! Not to mention the looks we get when we go down the hall.

The thing that is really frustrating me is trying to find out where they are coming from!! The only place I can think of is school, but why are my kids the only ones with it??

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Old 12-03-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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Are you sure they are the only ones with it? The cause of reinfestation could be someone going under the radar, couldn't it?
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At least they try to limit other students' exposure. A school in our area has had a HUGE problem with lice, and I have no doubt that it is due to their policy of only keeping kids out of school if they see live lice.

I am sure you are...but I have to ask. Are you treating EVERYTHING? Putting all stuffed animals, dolls, etc. in plastic bags for weeks? Washing EVERYTHING that can be washed in super hot water? Vacuuming all of the pillows/mattresses? Just one little bug can start the infestation all over again.

Also, many people SWEAR by tea tree oil as a repellant. They put a few drops in their/their children's shampoo and they have been able to stay lice free (one person I know that uses this works in a special education classroom where lice have been problem and she has to work VERY closely with the students).
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:33 AM
 
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I have kept my kids out of school all week. Stuffed animals are GONE! Pillows and mattresses are now sprayed and all zipped up in vinyl protectors. Spiderman and Princess rugs are sprayed and bagged. All bedding is washed in hot water every day. carpet and couch and car are sprayed with bedding spray and vaccuumed every day. I am just exhausted from the stupid little bugs. I completely understand the school policy of keeping the kids out of school, but their education is suffering b/c of something they picked up from school. We were out a full week for Thanksgiving, but they have only been in school 5 1/2 days since Halloween.
Thanks, PT, for letting me gripe!!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:14 AM
 
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when my daughters were in elementary we had them but it was over the summer. I had them as well as both my girls. My husband and son didnt get them!
I washed clothes and sheets EVERY day and swept and vacuumed for a month, no lie!
I was exhausted. I had tried the over the counter stuff for their hair several times and combed through hair EVERY day, yes every day. I finally tried cooking oil and a shower cap overnight on our hair. It worked!!
I have seen these critters in every stage of development and I amscared to go sub in the K-2 grades, but I do (with my hair up and my coat stays in the car...).
They say you can get the critters from movie theater seats as well. I think we either got them from that or from VBS. My girls weren't in school.
I even had them to the Dr. when I knew that we had gotten rid of them so the Dr could officially check us out.
You have to comb out hair every day. I ended up using a huge desktop magnifying glass to look at my daughters' hair. It was horrible. I felt so defeated.
Hang in there. Try the oil and shower cap. It suffocates them I guess. But you have ti comb through the hair with a nit comb. It takes awhile to do.
But it took a month to get rid them completely.
I sympathize with you and know exactly what you're going through.


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I've been thru this one too...
Old 12-08-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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my hair comes to my waist and I was teaching the 2 year old Sunday School class. What a mess.

This past summer I was supervising a summer camp and some of the campers had head lice. One of the camp nurses was from the state teaching hospital. She said they were battling a strain that was resistant to the over the counter stuff, as well as infecting African Americans. THAT was not what I wanted to hear, since our schools are 50/50.

Anyway, Adams Flea and Tick spray was the suggested remedy. Go outside to saturate the hair and then cover with a shower cap for an hour, wash and comb. This sounds very drastic, and seems like it might burn the scalp. But I guess, for a last resort kind of thing I might try it.

I did have a student one time who came to school every day with her hair saturated in baby oil and pinned on top of her head. She said it was to keep the lice out of her hair, since they could not get rid of them in the home.

BTW, did you remember to treat your vehicle? Just a thought. Best of luck in taking care of the little buggers. Let us know what works for you.
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Thanks for all your help
Old 12-08-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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Hopefully today is our last day out of school. We've been bug free for a few days now and just trying to control the nits. I always think I've gotten all of them and bring them in to school to have them checked and they find some. I just hope I can get rid of them before any of them hatch. I have finally realized why someone who is very meticulous is called "nit-picking".
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!
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