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Beat head lice with robi comb
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:47:06 PM »
So my beloved DB brought home the little critters from kindergarten on sept 21.  We don't use the provision due to Two Austmatics. 

The first time she had lice threeish years ago went overboard.  Cleaning EVERYTHING.  Bought a thirty dollar electronic robi comb, bought the head treatment.  Found we couldn't use it. Used Listering after buying. Four shower caps. 

Basically over reacted.  Two weeks combing morning night, washing, no more lice.

Fast forward.  This time. Grabbed the robi comb.  Zaps the little hammers.  Brush everyday one for threeish day till no more adults.  Then comb. Every two or three days for two weeks.  Lice gone.

After the first brushing we did use the hair dryer on high heat to kill any leftovers. Supposed to kill 80% that way. Don't know that it helped.

Cost none.  Did I do extra laundry.  No.  Did I keep her home from school no.  She and us are lice free the same time as the others in her class.

Before you flame school says not to keep them home for head lice.

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 03:58:00 PM »
Glad you've got it sorted at no additional cost, but the initial outlay on the Robicomb was probably not good badassity - a standard, good quality, metal, louse comb would almost certainly be just as effective.

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2013, 04:14:24 PM »
Thanks for making my head itch.  I'm glad it worked!  Our cats once had an outbreak of fleas and it was a pain to get everything clean.

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2013, 05:37:35 PM »
I like the idea of the zappy combs, but they can shock you if you're not careful (not bad, but enough to make a kid not want to sit still for the treatment), and they can fail. If the price was a bit lower, I might consider trying it (though I hope we'll never again be in the market for lice remedies).

If I remember right, we used olive oil (supposed to suffocate them and dissolve them...only two types of oils do this, olive was one). Put oil on kids' heads (and ours to be on the safe side), wrap in cling wrap, watch a movie. Have towels on the couch, cause the oil is gonna seep out. When washing hair, we used some vinegar (not too strong, and be extra careful it goes nowhere near the eyes). Anything they'd worn in the past week was bagged up and not touched for a week or two (however long the entire life cycle of a louse was, from egg to hatching to dying of starvation), afterward they were washed as normal. Bedding was washed right away though. Used comb multiple times daily at first, then down to once daily or so. After no lice or eggs had been found for a while, we would go a few days between checking. After a couple weeks everything was back to normal, no pesticides were used (only olive oil and vinegar were put on kids' heads), and there hasn't been a repeat yet.

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2013, 07:06:22 PM »
Thanks for making my head itch.  I'm glad it worked!

+1!

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2013, 10:06:22 PM »
I agree you even say the L word and my head itches.

We already had the comb so no additional cost.

I am bug phobic so don't know if just a typical comb would be enough for me.  Plus there is something very satisfying about knowing they've been zapped.

Bite me I'll zap you you little bugger.  Ick I hate em!

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2013, 03:52:45 AM »
Thanks for making my head itch.  I'm glad it worked!

+1!

How many of us scratched our heads reading this?  ;)

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2013, 03:04:55 PM »
Lice hate tea tree oil, we buy shampoo and conditioner with tea tree oil in it but you can just add tea tree oil to any shampoo and it will help to prevent lice we've made it to grade 3 so far lice free *knock on wood * The tea tree oil also helps with dry scalp.

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 03:17:19 PM »
you can just add tea tree oil to any shampoo and it will help to prevent lice we've made it to grade 3 so far lice free *knock on wood *

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2013, 11:26:32 AM »
lol fair enough we've managed to avoid the outbreaks at school, but maybe it's just luck. I like the shampoo either way.

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Re: Beat head lice with robi comb
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2013, 03:25:43 PM »
For girls, tieing their hair back makes a huge difference in reducing the ease of head to head transmission at school. For boys, shorter hair achieves the same thing.  Old fashioned school rooms with individual desks probably were a good thing too!

I've never managed to get hold of one of these rocks, so still live in fear of tiger attacks, but I can attest to the efficacy of painting your gate posts with treacle to stop the elephants roosting on them at night.