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the neighbor kids have lice my daughter played with them yesterday. should i take my daughter to the dr? how can you tell if your child has it?

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Asked by whitenena at 12:32 PM on Jul. 22, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • umm if they scratch their head check in for like dandruff like looking things those are probably eggs but just because they played together doesnt mean they have it. use whiterain shampoo and conditioner something in it helps prevent lice and hairspray just a little. im 21 and never had it i slept over at a friends house in the same bed when i was younger she had but i didnt get it, but again just because they play together doesnt mean your kids will get it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • No need to go to the dr. Have your little girl sit in a chair, being very still (preferably a wooden or metal chair) and look through her hair. You want to look for the tiny bugs and their eggs (nits). Part her hair in several sections and check all over her head. Check around the hair line and at the nape of the neck in particular.

    If you do find nits or bugs, go to the drug store or wal-mart & get NIX. It is over the counter - has been around FOREVER - and it works! Just follow the directions included.

    Answer by RutterMama at 12:35 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • it may be too soon to see the "nits" but look at the nape of the neck and around the look at the root for what looks like tiny dandruff won't pull off easily it's "stuck" to the hair...also there is a (pricey) product out there I don't know if it works personally but heard it is a good repellant. I think I'm going to invest in a bottle when my daughter starts KDG this year... ... Good Luck!!!

    Answer by KaylasMiracle at 12:36 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • and can i get it?? i know thats dumb but somone told me its more of a kid thing.

    Answer by whitenena at 12:39 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • lol no its not more of a kid thing if she has it you can get it and if thats the case u have to wash EVERYTHINK and put stuffed anilmlas in a bag so if theres some bugs on it they will luck hope she dont have it those things suck....i got it once from a b day party but i was the only oen that got it lucky me

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:42 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • No to the Dr, take and wash her hair then rinse with white vinegar... the vinegar will desolve the "glue" that holds the egg to the hair shaft, all eggs have a small breathing hole in them so putting mayo on the head will cut off the air and they will die .... should you get them... a black light will show them up as white dots in the hair and you can pick them out.... that is where the phrase "nit picking" comes from :-) the live lice will lay eggs around the nap of the neck and around the ears... look for any red spots on the skin there... there are also some medicated shampoos for lice... you don't want them to get in the house ... wash bedding and everything... put the stuffed animals in plastic bags for 3-4 weeks... good luck..

    Answer by BlessingsBegin at 12:43 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • My sons brought head lice home from daycare. It takes about a week for you to see eggs. Eggs will look different in that they are stuck to the hair about 1/2 up from the scalp. If you scrape them w/ your nail, they don't move on the hair.

    Check the hair with a very finetoothed comb from roots to ends. The comb may show the nits on it.

    If you find nits, comb them out and dip the comb in rubbing alcohol mixed with a few drops of dish soap to kill them.

    I wouldn't recommend NIX just because it contains a pesticide and it is absorbed through the scalp. The nits and eggs die from being suffocated, so the stuff I bought was a solution of salt and anise extract, which was left on under a showercap for 30 minutes. It worked for them after one application.

    Answer by geminilove at 12:46 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • If this just happened yesterday, chances are she doesnt have the nits which are the hardest to get rid of, go to the drug store and buy the shampoo, and spray for your furniture. Go ahead and treat her head, wash her bed linens, boil her hairbrush, etc... This will help stop them before they really start. Lice is hard to get rid of if nits are left in. Put her stuffed animals in plastic bags for two weeks. Vacum the floor and treat your car with the spray. If she wasnt in very close contact with the child that had it and didnt share her brush, hats, clothes, hair bows etc. she should be fne but to be on the safe side, so ahead and treat her like she does.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 12:50 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • well dont take her to the doc..they wont do anything you cant do yourself. Just look thru her hair see if you seen any eggs or bugs, if you dont I would check everyday for a few weeks just incase. If she does have them get some mayo and cover her hair with it then put a shower cap on her for several hours or over night. That will suffocate any, and is a great hair conditioner, and you will also need to wash stuffed animals, bedding, clothing, etc. and just keep checking her hair to be sure.

    Answer by vanessa432 at 1:04 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

  • well i checked her hair its very thin. and i dont see any bugs or dandruff or eggs. so should i still worry?


    Answer by whitenena at 1:07 PM on Jul. 22, 2009

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