Help....headlice.

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I need help.

My daughter has nits/headlice and despite regular (weekly) conditioner wet combing we cannot get rid of them. I have bought Sainsburys nit treatment to leave on overnight tonight but I can't afford to do this all the time. Does anyone know anything that is tried and tested to help me prevent recurrent bugs after I clear them this time.

Her hair is always tied up in a bun. I tried ringing local pharmacy about the free treatment available but they didn't know what I was talking about.

Many thanks,
“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
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  • babysteps24babysteps24 Forumite
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    get hedrin from pharmacy, one treatment over night and another treatment over night a week later
  • mcjamcja Forumite
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    That's my thoughts, blitz with chemicals to kill the buqqers but then I hoping for something I can use longer term.
    “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
  • his_missushis_missus Forumite
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    Debt-free and Proud!
    Tea tree oil used to be recommended to deter headlice but I'm not sure if it's still considered effective.
  • GwylimTGwylimT Forumite
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    I don't think I'm much help as combing has always worked for us, hope they go soon so she can get back to school, annoying little things.
  • quidsyquidsy Forumite
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    A cheaper alternative is to just smother her hair in conditioner & sit combing them out, this is time consuming though but if she keeps getting them it is possible that you haven't couaght all the egss previously & they are just hatching out.
    I don't respond to stupid so that's why I am ignoring you.

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  • mcjamcja Forumite
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    GwylimT wrote: »
    I don't think I'm much help as combing has always worked for us, hope they go soon so she can get back to school, annoying little things.

    I'm not keeping her home, just her hair is very tied back.
    quidsy wrote: »
    A cheaper alternative is to just smother her hair in conditioner & sit combing them out, this is time consuming though but if she keeps getting them it is possible that you haven't couaght all the egss previously & they are just hatching out.

    I know its cos I'm missing eggs which is why I am going to blast them tonight, I just don't know what to do going forward as I am reluctant to chemical her hair every week forever!!

    Not worried about the time, we leave it on for an hour to suffocate the sods and then sit for about 40mins just combing and brushing onto a white towel until no more come out in the comb. I don't know what else to do.
    “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
  • mcjamcja Forumite
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    his_missus wrote: »
    Tea tree oil used to be recommended to deter headlice but I'm not sure if it's still considered effective.

    Sorry, we use tea tee shampoo but it's not doing anything!
    “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
  • quidsyquidsy Forumite
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    Very frustrating indeed, I had long hair when at school & would always get them & nits. My mum just started telling me to not put my head near anyone & to never share hats etc and would douse us once a week in smelly shampoo. Not ideal.
    I don't respond to stupid so that's why I am ignoring you.

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  • mcjamcja Forumite
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    Thanks quisdy, that smelly stuff was pulled off the market a few years ago!

    She hates knowing she has them (as do I). I'm considering a bandanna!
    “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”
  • WestonDaveWestonDave Forumite
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    Rampant Recycler
    The other obvious question is whether you have notified the school of the problem so that other parents can be warned to check and treat their kids hair. You may be getting rid of all of them, only for her to be back in school tomorrow sitting next to someone covered in them so that she will be re-populated by the time she gets home.
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