We’d avoided nits for over 10 years and then they struck.
My eldest went for a sleepover with several friends. A week later she was scratching her head quite a lot. I didn’t see anything on my first couple of inspections but then found a couple of lice. Two days later my other children were itching and scratching. 🙁
I hotfooted it to the local chemist. Most treatments recommended needed to be left in for 8-12 hours. I opted for Full Marks. It was one of the quick ones.
I waited until Friday night as during the rest of the week we didn’t have time to apply and thoroughly rinse out a really greasy treatment before bed (times three children and two adults).
I let school know the next day so other parents could check their children for nits and lice.
The first attempt – Full Marks
Friday evening was spent with a bottle of wine and Full Marks solution as we treated the whole family.
This was a five minute treatment, which said no second one was required.
It took us ages to get it through the girls’ dry hair. We poured on loads and whilst it immediately made the top of their hair hugely greasy, it was really difficult to spread through to the ends. We had to shampoo and rinse multiple times to get rid of the residue. We followed up with plenty of combing.
A couple of days later there were more lice.
The second attempt – Boots own brand
Again this appealed as it said it worked in 15 minutes. It also had the advantage of being cheaper than the well-known brands. This [Boots Pharmaceuticals Head Lice Solution] too was very greasy and was tough to get through the whole hair. We had to shampoo and rinse their hair twice as it remained greasy. We then combed through their damp hair thoroughly to remove the lice and nits (eggs). Lots came out.
A few days later they were itching once again.
The third attempt – Hedrin
We used Hedrin Treat & Go. Again, this was greasy. We left it to dry (though it never felt properly dry) and all went to bed with it in. It required a number of shampoo and rinses. We did lots of combing.
We repeated a week later. A day or so after the second treatment, I was horrified to find more nits and then a couple of days after that some lice.
The fourth attempt – Lyclear
Lyclear is a one go treatment. We applied to dry hair and left for 15 minutes. We then combed through the hair with the comb provided before rinsing. Success!!!
After finally getting rid, we now use Vosene Kids 3 in 1 conditioning shampoo. It has tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus, which are a big lice deterrent. We follow up with the leave in Vosene Kids Conditioning Defence Spray, which as well as being a repellent has the bonus of detangling the hair.
Follow up – Vamousse and a Nitty Gritty comb
Since writing this post the girls have got nits several more times. Most recently we’ve been using Vamousse, which has been the most effective at clearing them. I had a lot of recommendations for the Nitty Gritty comb from people reading this post. I invested in one and it is really efficient at getting them out. We use it routinely after baths.
Now we just need to find the secret to keeping them at bay.