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06/09/2010 at 06:42
This back to school season, join MFM’s head lice defence league! Head lice - we hate the nasty little critters and every year back to school season signals a return to head scratching, combing, smelly treatments, phantom itching and the dreaded letter home! But no more! Here at MFM we’re determined to keep MFM children’s heads nit-free! And we need some volunteers. We’d like you to join our head lice challenge and help out each other with your top tips, home remedies and yeah, we do want all those grizzly stories and embarrassing moments at the hairdressers! We’ve also been speaking to the makers of some of the top head lice products so you and your children can test them out and let us know how it goes! If you’re interested, pop your name down on this thread and look out for more info coming soon!
06/09/2010 at 07:41
06/09/2010 at 09:46
06/09/2010 at 10:40
06/09/2010 at 11:07
I have 2 children, my eldest daughter is aged 12 and youngest son is aged 5, my daughter has only had head lice once and she caught them when she was in year 3 at primary school. My son only started reception last year in September and he caught them in the November. I was devistated at the time more so than the children, you have to tereat the whole family, only twice, if you are lucky enough to get them all out, if not you have to repeat the treatments. Odviouseley they caught them in school.
It really annoys me because the parents of the children who have head lice don't seem to mind or mention to other parents, when my two children caught head lice i told as many parents as i could in the class that i had found lice in my childs hair, we have a rule in our circle of parents that if you find lice you tell everyone just to pre warn them, and it seems to help.
I use Vosene head lice repelant shampoo its a green bottle and any Tee Tree conditioner on the children, i think this may have helped so far, but i think to be brutally honest if your child does not get lice you are really really lucky and if your child does catch lice its nothing to be embarresed about because they have caught them from someone else and you have to go through the courses of treatment that is quite annoying.
I would like to help by testing out products.
06/09/2010 at 14:38
06/09/2010 at 15:47
06/09/2010 at 20:17
06/09/2010 at 20:23
07/09/2010 at 10:03
Hi - I would be very interested in joining in ! Happy to test anything !!! Have 2 little girls , eldest just started in year 1 and youngest starting nursery next week -
My eldest ahd headlice for first time last year in reception - I had always thought I was fairly "on the ball" checking her hair ( am a teacher so have seen plenty of the "visitors" to know what I'm looking for )
Checked her hair every time letter came out , then to my horror checked her one day when she was scratching and she had LOADS !!!!!! Felt terrible !!!!Managed to clear with a shampoo , and bought nitty gritty comb ( they very good ) and doused her hair every morning with the Nitty Gritty deterrent spray .
Wasn't convinced it worked or not , so didn't replace - she got them again !!!!!!!!!!!
I am now paranoid - every time she even looks like she may scratch I'm checking her hair - she even now says to me " I'm not scratching - I don't have bugs ......."
I know that logically they aren't dirty or dangerous and very "normal" but I really don't like them ! Am always paranoid going to the hairdressers!!!
07/09/2010 at 10:12
We just got rid of the little beasties.We used a Nitty Gritty comb this time,and it's really good.Catches the lice,and the eggs,which are always difficult to get out with the cheaper plastic or metal combs.In the past I've spent a fortune on lotions and potions,only to find they catch them again and we have to do it all over again.They always come home in my eldest daughter's hair,so probably someone in her class is the source.Lots of girls don't have their hair tied up,they all sit close together,ideal for the lice to move to a new head.
We have an electronic comb that zaps the lice,and attracts the bodies,but it's not any good on the eggs.
Ithink the best way we found to treat it was after washing as normam put loads of conditioner on the hair,any conditioner will do,then comb with a normal comb to get knots out,and then comb with the Nitty Gritty comb.If you do that twice a week,even if you don't see anything,you'll keep them away.
The Vosene tea tree shampoos and the spray on conditioner are good too,my 7 year old hasn't had them since we used that. You just spray it on and comb through after washing their hair.
Oh boys are not immune,our last lot arrived in the holidays,when the only other child my kids had any contact with was Arthur's friend,who has very short hair,but was doing a lot of headscratching that day.
I think whaty would really get rid of the problem would be if the nurseries and schools had a monthly/termly delousing session.But that would be far too sensible.
07/09/2010 at 23:34
08/09/2010 at 09:22
08/09/2010 at 17:38
I would be very interested in this, My daughters have them every other week and is getting annoying and all the things i have tried never seem to work.
Hope to hear from you.
09/09/2010 at 11:41
09/09/2010 at 12:16
I'm deffo up for testing!
Both of my sons, my daughter (and now me!) are currently battling head lice!
I'm sure we have tried everything going, but they keep re-occuring everytime I think we are clear... I'm desperate!
09/09/2010 at 12:46
12/09/2010 at 07:58
12/09/2010 at 11:20
The only comb I found got them all off was the Nitty Gritty one.It's fairly expensive so I was reluctant to pay out,think it might have been around £9.99,but it did work,so I've given up the lotions and just keep combing every few days,every day till they're gone if I find anything.It works well cos it gets the eggs as well as the nits.The teeth of the comb have a groove all the way up,a spiral,so you catch more.Of course you only pay out once for the comb,rather than buy a whole lot of lotion every time the beasties reappear.Cost me £25 to do my lot last time I bought lotion,and that was some sort of offer.
We had some live ones in Erin's hair,I combed through with Nitty Gritty that night,got loads out,Thursday evening one live one and a few eggs,Friday nothing at all.She informed me after that she'd been using my shampoo because it made her hair feel soft,so she'd not been using the Vosene one that's lice repellent,so maybe that's why she caught them,because she'd not had them for a while,so we're going back tothe Vosene,that does seem to help keep them away.
13/09/2010 at 15:40
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