Super Lice Are Here: Here's How to Fight Them

lice guideI was told it was coming, and now it's finally here: The Licepocalypse. A new super-resistant lice is plaguing school children (and their parents) across the nation. These evil bugs take up residence on your scalp and in your hair, and they feast upon your blood. Medicated treatments don't work on them, either. Who will save us from this awful scourge?

You will! Forget about the medicated stuff. It doesn't work on regular lice, anyway. Here's how you rid the lice. It's not pretty, and it's a big pain. But it works.

My son had an epic, I mean EPIC infestation last year. We took him to Lice Enders here in New York City, and this was what they -- and later we -- did.

1. Coat your child's hair with gobs and gobs of thick, white conditioner. Lice Enders recommends Pantene.

2. Section your child's hair. Comb through each section slowly with a lice comb. It MUST be a lice comb.

3. After each pass, wipe the conditioner and bugs and eggs off completely on a paper towel. 

4. Repeat. That's right, after coming out all the nits and eggs, do the whole shebang all over again: Coat with conditioner and comb through.

5. You may want to repeat yet again.

6. Inspect carefully to make sure you got every last little bug. Use a magnifying glass if you have one, or have a professional examine your child's scalp.

If your child's scalp becomes itchy all of a sudden, acquaint yourself with what lice looks like in hair. Supposedly you can help prevent lice infestations by washing and conditioning your hair with products containing essential oils like tea tree, lavender, rosemary, menthol, and eucalyptus. It's not a guarantee, but it's worth a try. 

Have you ever had to battle with lice? What did you do?


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mompam mompam

Yes! I did exactly what you said. I did it 3 x a week for a few weeks and then a few months later they came back again. But we finally got them. I'm itchy just thinking about it. Mt daughter's hair is extremely long. Knowing what I know, if my son got it I would shave his head.

SamNS... SamNStefanMommy

I have boys. I just shaved their heads and then washed everything in the house. No problem, no reinfestation. Boys are easy LOL

craft... craftycatVT

I'm terrified of my daughter bringing home lice someday. I could debug her hair, but who would do mine? I live in a very rural area--no "Lice Enders" here.

Manth... Manthie717

Use real works great to smother the lice and nits and leaves your hair nice and shiny and smooth. For real long hair use a whole quart..put on a shower cap and wash out in the morning. For shorter hair you can use considerably less. Don't use the light mayonnaise, it does not have enough fat content to kill.

2baby... 2babymomma

My oldest had had it before. I treated with the medicated shampoo then picked through her hair strand by strand cuz those combs don't do anything you can't get close enough to the scalp. And when I say strand by strand I mean it literally it took 4 hours and I did it everyday for a week.

butte... buttercup627

:( I hope we never deal with them here

Austi... Austinsmommy12

Olive oil. Smothers them too. I vomit at the smell of mayo but I'm sure it would work wonderfully.

faeri... faeriemom

Dimethicone (LiceMD makes a good one. Look for the one labeled "pesticide free") worked wonders! We only had to treat once :) The dimethicone coats the lice and eggs and suffocates them. We left it on a lot longer than the directions said (it's non-irritating. In fact, dimethicone is a common ingredient in lotions and conditioners). Wonderful stuff....

2cent... 2centsCDN

I'm itchy just reading this. My daughter had lice once and it was horrible to deal with. The best money I spent was on a better lice comb.

nonmember avatar Sheena

The key is when you comb you also have to comb in different directions. Flip the hair to each side and comb over, then also comb it over the front of the face. This is because lice eggs are so small that they can stick to only one side of the strand. So even if you are coming backwards they can still be missed.

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