Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Alet | 2013-01-17


Head Lice, not getting results

Good Day Dr.

Just before the holidays I noticed my two toddlers scratching their heads and I found live lice on their scalps. It was over the long weekend so I immediately informed the owner of the daycare and I started treatment on them. I used a shampoo which I got from the pharmacy. I followed instructions as directed throughout the holiday, and after not seeing results I bought another kit which consist of 3 treatments with tea tree oil. A gel before bath, a shampoo and a spray afterwards. I used this during the holiday and in the first week of January. I combed their hair every night after treatment to remove any left over nits and eggs. Now a week later they started scratching again. I''ve been treating and combing their hair for a month now and now it started again. I don''t know if the school invormed the other parents, but could it be that my children picked it up again if maybe some of the kids were not treated? What else can I do because my kids kick and scream every night because I wash and comb their hair every night for the last month. I only stopped for a week now because they were clean. What else can I do? I washed their bedding immediately and did so 3 times a week. I''m fed up now and going to start doing wet combing as from tonight. If I treat their hair, will they still pick it up from untreated kids?

Expert's Reply



Head lice can be very difficult to treat especially when children are at risk of re-infection. It certainly is very likely that there are children at the day care who still have head lice and are re-infecting your children. You need to discuss this with the school and they really need to take this seriously. Unfortunately, sometimes the safer treatments such as tea tree oil may lose its effect. You should discuss alternative one off treatments with your pharmacist. It is always absolutely vital to follow the instructions for this kind of treatment to the letter.

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Posted by: heidi | 2013-01-17

you can also spray their hair with detangling spray or leave-in conditioner. makes the hair too slippery for the lice to attach the eggs. also was all bedding, towels at very high temperatures. and iron at very hot temperature especially cushion cover corners. here''s a bit of info about lice.

Contrary to popular belief, head lice do not jump or fly, can survive on a human host for about 30 days and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours if separated from the host. Head lice cannot be “ caught”  from, or survive on pets. They are human parasites and require human hosts and blood for survival.

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Posted by: Racoon | 2013-01-17

Unfortunately if a single one of their friends is infected they will continue to have lice. So you need to follow up with the creche. Other alternative is to shave their heads with a nr 2...the hair shaft is the too short for the nits to attach.

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