Originally Posted by amitya
My 6 yr old is in kindergarten and he has been sent home 2 times in the last 4 weeks for lice. We tried both brands of the lice treatments on him and he still has lice. I strip his bed every morning and wash all his linens and my daughters linens on the hot cycle. I have put away all his stuffed animals in ziploc big bags as well as my daughters stuffed animals/toys. I vaccuum their rooms and the living room as well as the couch every nite after they go to bed. I know lice are horrible to get rid of but they dont seem to be phased by the OTC treatments. My pediatrician wont prescribe the Kwell (linadane) as she says it has caused multiple cases of serious problems in children.
Im doing everything the dr says to do and he still has them. Right now he is sitting in the tub with coal tar shampoo on his head soaking in. I also have some tea tree oil i have used for other things and im thinking about adding this to some regular shampoo and seeing if it will help! He has short hair but im considering shaving his head. He doesnt care about that.
I want these nasty buggers gone! does anyone have any home remedies that work?
Ive read about mayonaise and oils and such and white vinegar. Im about willing to try anything at this point.
On another note, this past week, they sent home over half his class with lice. I know there is another child infecting them but in this day and age they wont tell parents anything.
I work at a kindergarden/day care and we have this problem too.
One of the teachers at school has said that washing your hair in the tea tree shampoo will help a person to keep from getting them.
I have always had this fear of getting them too.
You hafta make sure that you treat your home, which is excatly what you are doing. I would suggest going to Wal-Mart or something and getting some lice spray also, this is to spray the couch and beds. You are doing the right thing by vacumming every day too. But if you get the spray this might help.
As far as the school goes about the problem, I would suggest going up there and talking to them about it. I know at our school, we can not tell another parent who the children are that have them, it is against the law where I live. It is a privacy thing here. We also sent 4 children home this past week with it.
It does sound like the original child is not being treated like he or she should, which really sucks, because that child keeps infecting the others.
If my child continued to get them, I would go to the school and shine my tail. This happened to my daughter when she was in the fifth grade, she also had hair down to her waist. When she got them, she had been sick and she told me that her head had been itching, I told her it was probably because she had been sick and we had not washed her hair. Well we washed her hair, and I was blow drying it, because it was cold and I didn't want her to go to bed with a wet head. I was drying her hair and I saw a little bug, needless to say I almost had a heart attack, I chased the little bug down and caught it and put it in a jar. I immeadatly called the school nurse at home, this was at 10:00 p.m. I musta sounded like a idiot on the phone, because she came to my house and confirmed that we indeed had them,but we had probably just gotten them.
I treated her head, and I did the same thing you are doing, but I did get some of that spray to spray on stuff that could not be washed. I changed the sheets every single day. You are supposed to retreat 10-14 days later as a precaution only, well 10 days later we had them again. I went to the school and raised all kinds of hell. I told them that they didn't want be to go down the 5th grade hall and find out who had them. I also told them that I had done every thing I was supposed to do and more. I told them that they had better get the nurse to check heads and find out where the problem was coming from, cause if we got them again, I was gonna go over their heads and talk to the school board, and I meant every word I said.
Evidently they took me at my word, because we never had them again.
I do hope that something can be done about your problem, and I feel for you. I do know what you are going through.
Sending you some hugs from Mississippi because I know that you need them.
I am sorry that this is so long.