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Nits and Head Lice

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No need to scratch your head over head lice. In fact scratching your head will make the problem worse. These little critters, which live in the hair and leave behind their eggs, which are called nits, are very common in kids under 11, and they are very easily treated.

Lice are tiny insects, just a couple of millimetres long. They have no wings so they cannot fly, they cannot jump from head to head, and you can’t catch them from sharing hats or pillows. The only way to catch lice is through your child’s hair touching the hair of someone who already has them. It takes about half a minute for lice to transfer themselves from one head to another, and it’s not true that lice only like dirty (or long) hair either. Lice can make their home on absolutely anyone, and it might be up to three months before you notice them.

Once the lice get into the hair, they start to feed off the scalp. After a week or 10 days they start to lay eggs, and 10 days after that the eggs will hatch, giving birth to new lice. There might be up to a dozen living on your child’s bonce at any one time. Nits are the empty eggs which cling to the hair and which, without special treatment, are difficult to remove. Nits look like dandruff, but can’t be combed out. Ordinary shampoo won’t get rid of the problem either. For most people, the only symptom of lice or nits is an itchy head.

If your child’s hair comes into contact with the hair of someone who has lice, there’s not much you can do to stop the lice spreading. Fortunately, for such a common problem, detection and treatment is very easy. If you think your child has lice, wash their hair normally and then check it very closely with a fine-toothed comb. Then you’ll need to use a special insecticide shampoo or bug-busting kit, which you can get from any chemist. This will kill the lice, but nits – the eggs – can sometimes remain. After treatment for lice though, nits can be combed out and eventually they’ll fall out of your hair by themselves.

For more facts, photos and info on nits and headlice, checkout the website hairnits

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Hi there My daughter had lice 10 days ago I found one big one and about ten little ones. Each day twice a day I have checked her hair I found eggs but the treatment said they kill eggs and after seven days if I found one it never changed colour. She has had 3 treatments. I haven't found anything alive in her hair. Tonight I checked and found a clear egg and one caramel coloured one down the hair shaft. I have searched and found nothing alive. I read that straightening can kill the lice. Is it possible the clear egg was one I missed in the ten days I have been checking?





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My daughter is 16 and had lively healthy long shiny hair.but a few months ago her hair started to thin and fall out. Within two three weeks ago i was horrified to see my daughters hair had fallen outsi much it wad up by her ears . She prob had just millimeter in length at the sides and back of head. I cried so much for her.. I've now noticed shes got nits which came as a shock. Now my daughter tells me shes had them whilst het hair was long just before it started to fall out from the. Bottom upwards.., could the nits be the reason my daughter lost all her hair. Please help Janice. My daughter didn't tell me at the time bout the Nita. I was extremely ill this year and said she didn't want me to worry incase my illness became worse.





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I have/had headlice and i got it yesterday and i washed it well and the itching has stopped. Has my head lice gone?





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Ugh I hate having nits my head itches and my mum hates me for getting them I'm in high school and I should have nits





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So I have dogs, And I am finding lice on my body. My feet, legs and now on my belly. Idk were it's coming from, their not on my head and I just want it to stop today alone I found three! :( Please help me!





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My poor little girl 7 yrs old has at least 3 eggs on each strand of hair ! Tried coming out but they hurt to much been at this for about 4 yrs now had enough of the critters any advise would be appreciated bearing in mind there is no lotion to kill or remove eggs I have heard there is somewhere you can take your child that can help ? My last resort is to have to shave her hair off The last thing I want to do to my princess HELP please DESPERATE





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all i had to do to get rid of mine is using a mouse treatment (left in overnight) then every other day, i lagged my hair with conditioner, and then combed my hair for about 10 minutes with a nitty gritty spiral teeth comb. what is also useful is any teatree hair products, nits hate the smell of it and leaves your hair really smooth!

Hello I understand your situation that happens to me!! What I do is I use vinegar!! It kind of un-sticks the lice and them you leave that on for 5 mins and then you wash it out put a load of conditioner on that kills the lice and wash it out and ta-da!! But it does make your head stink of vinegar!!!! But it's easily covered up with a bit perfume!! And anti-flee dog shampoo doesn't make you itch as much!

If you go to Wallgreens you can ask if they have Sklice if not go to any walgreens

Look my 7 year old caught head lice in this week. I use the 3 step from equal. I was so upset when I saw these bugs. But I only found a big black one. I killed it and ran to the store foe the treatment. It worked so good. I put the lice shampoo and it smelled so bad the female crawled away that's when I killed her.. I left the shampoo on for 20 min to make shore these things were dead. Then I washed her hair out. Combed it with a comb and started seeing the little one dead and falling out her head. It was just a couple. Also the eggs. The step 2 is a cream so easy to comb everything out. Step 3 is a lice spray to kill them off her pillow and tours and mattress. Now every morning comb your daughters hair with a comb and put baby oil that way if they jump at her they will slide off. But every day. Good luck and dont forget to wash everything her head touched including backpack. Spray that.

I am 14 and have head lice I hate them but how can I treat it without buying anything and without my Mum finding out? I have a nit comb!! Please help!!!!!!!





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You shouldn't be worried about your mum finding out. She may end up with it and would appreciate knowing! You could douse your hair in conditioner and leave it for ages. If you are worried about your mum, tell her it's a conditioning treatment. You could use oil with this reasoning as well. Just don't use the good olive oil! Wrap your head in cling wrap and leave for a few hours then wash it. The lice should just fall out (bug, not egg). Then comb with the nit comb and blow dry your hair on the hottest setting.

Also, wipe the comb on a piece of tissue each time you pass it through your hair.

I'm 14 too and have had nits for about 2 months now, I didn't want to tell my mum which only made it worse because I got loads more! You must tell her so that she can help you remove them, or you will give them to your friends and it gets a lot worse...

Hi, I really hope you can help me, my daughter is 12 and has suffered from head lice since she was 3, we've tried everything you can buy even stuff from abroad, we've tried all of the home remedies as well, we've also been to the doctors on numerous occasions to no avail, we really are desperate, please please help us.





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Hi, Have you tried to apply the paste of Gooseberries and Neem leaves? Grind the neem leaves and Gooseberries together and apply to the scalp, let the mixture work for an hour and wash with warm water. Do not apply any chemical shampoo for a week after this treatment. Additionally you can add heena leaves (not paste which is available for hand designs) Hope this works for your princesses -AK

Do head lice always 100% lay eggs or is it not all the time?





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Call the lice squad!!! Their products work and are chemical free. Licesquad.com to find one in your area.





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