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When to treat for lice?

My daughter spent the night at a friend's house on Tuesday. The following Monday, her friend's mom texted me to let me know her daughter has lice. I checked my daughter and I didn't see anything. She said she did not use her friend's brush, but she did use her friends pillow. Should I treat her even though I didn't see anything?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:19 PM on Sep. 2, 2013 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Better safe then sorry in this case. Treat, just in case. At least use the shampoo stuff. Wash all her bedding.

    Answer by louise2 at 6:22 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • If you see nothing at this point- I wouldn't- BUT I would check her at least once a day to see if anything is there for a few days -JUST to be sure

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 6:23 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • Why don't you get some tea tree oil and put it in her hair for a bit then shampoo? Better safe than sorry.

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 6:23 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • I would not. What would you be treating, exactly? Standard lice treatment is pretty harsh and I wouldn't want to use it unless I absolutely had to.

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 6:24 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • When my kids were in school, I put tea tree oil in their shampoo. Now they sell tea tree oil shampoo.
    I'd start her with that and continue through the school year.

    Answer by KTElite at 6:25 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • Comb every day for a week and wash and blow her hair dry (the heat can kill). Using a gel or hair product can suffocate any eggs.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 6:35 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • I was just reading about lice because someone informed me their child has them. Everything says NO do not treat unless they have it due to how harsh the chemicals are.

    Answer by luvmygrandgirl at 6:58 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • however, we are buying a product called lice shield to use through out the year.

    Answer by luvmygrandgirl at 7:02 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • i would just comb through and see if i find anything, and maybe use the tea tree oil shampoo.

    Answer by tnm786 at 7:06 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

  • The chemicals are very harsh. If you see nothing, I wouldn't treat. Doesn't hurt to wash her bedding and clothes though. Keep checking every day for a week or so.

    Answer by tempsingl3mom at 7:42 PM on Sep. 2, 2013

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