Head Lice -- Do You Know What to Look For?


My son came home with a notice from the school nurse -- another case of head lice has been diagnosed. I'm supposed to look for signs in my own children and take all the necessary steps to prevent an infestation.

Okay, so confession: I didn't even know what a head louse looked like before I dug up this really good YouTube video showing one of the critters in action. For some reason I always pictured them as little white bugs, but as you can see, they are just brown ugly with no wings. They don't have hind legs for jumping, they just crawl and scurry all over the place. [Shivers.]

But now that I know I'm going to be paying a lot more attention, and will take some preventative steps I haven't bothered with before, namely ...

  • Asking my child not to share combs, brushes or hair decorations.
  • Making sure he doesn't try on hats that belong to other children.
  • If he's invited on a sleepover, I'll be sure to pack his or her own pillow and towels.
  • I'll be on the lookout for lice eggs, also called nits, which look like tiny, oval shaped, white or clear dots. Nits usually stick at an angle on hair shafts.

Apparently, sleepovers are a pretty common place to pick up lice from other children, judging from posts in some of the groups.

I can deal with the constant colds and the occasional stomach bugs, but please please please don't let my son come home with lice. Those pesticide treatments scare me and I've heard they don't work very well. Some moms swear by Listerine -- the alcohol and natural herbs in the mouthwash kill the nits, apparently.

Do you check your child regularly for head lice, or take any preventative steps? How did you deal with your child's infestation?


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kl08 kl08

Lice is always something that I have been afraid of.  Thanks for posting the video.  Very helpful now that I have a schoolager.

Bizmom Bizmom

My kids had lice, and yes the treatment of lice shampo does help, you do have to use the tiny little come to run through the hair as directed, I kept doing this every morning and every night, and within a few days the lice buggies were gone and to never reappear. and my kids did a sleepover and went swimming. so needless to say it got all 4 of my kids and my mother. so we all used the same shampoo and it woked great for us. never heard of listerine. but will definately keep that one in mind. but shampoo does work,


lovem... lovemykids365

The lice treatments did not work for us. We battled lice for over a year. They always kept coming back. I did everything I was supposed to. We finally got rid of them using Petroleum jelly on their head overnight. We wrapped their heads with seran wrap. Then we washed it out with dish detergent in the morning. We let the detergent sit on their head for about 1 hour. After that no more lice. They havent been back since. (Knock on Wood0

Pollymom Pollymom

Hmm...I remember having lice in grade school. Not fun, I had long hair and my poor mom had to go through it bit by bit. (Bless her...LOL) But I do remember the lice shampoos working. I would recommend doing the shampoo, going through the hair bit by bit and getting out all the nits, and then a few days later, do the shampoo again.


Lumin... LuminousMom

my friend in elementary school gave it to me after a sleepover at her house. My mom took me to the salon to have it taken care of.. it wasnt expensive, and I never got them again (of course I wasnt allowed at that friends house anymore which at 9 kinda made me mad!), and they took care of it in 40 minutes without my mom having to stress about it. I dont remember much about it, except that the tiny comb hurt because I had hair half down my back and my hair is really thick and full. youch!

KKnyc KKnyc

Buy some of the Lice Shampoo and keep it in the cabinet.  When a notice comes home for school about lice - wash your child's hair right away.  This worked so well for me until one time I didn't do the shampoo and my darling got the lice.  Not fun. 

mommy... mommystar3

what works is the ROBI COMB  !!!!! 

mayonaise and vinegar also works but is messy and you have to let it stay in the hair for a long time ..... The Robi Comb works and you don't have to use pesticides !!!!

mommy... mommystar3

Click to see Robi Comb Video  ----    HERE

DanaDWeb DanaDWeb

Does anyone else see a serious problem with putting a plastic bag or Saran Wrap on your kids head overnight?  I would be so worried about suffocation.

We have two small kids in daycare that play dress-up a lot.  I'm always worried about the head lice letter coming home (the H1N1 confirmation letter came via e-mail on Monday).

There's a lot of good information about head lice including good pix and videos at the following sites:  dritchy.com & myheadlicetreatment.com

Good luck.  Chances are, all of us with kids will be there sometime.

mommy... mommyof2nyc

Thanks so much for posting this video CafeMom & RID! Extremely helpful and informative!

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