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Rosanna O
Head lice considered neglect????
My daughter has had a problem with head lice for the past couple years, and we have done every single treatment over the counter and at home remedies to get rid of them. They will go away for awhile than come back. We r in iowa, could this be grounds for dept of human services to come? our house is clean and we treat head lice asap.
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we have to taken her to a doc, all they want is to use this presciption lice stuff, which costs $100 cause insurance won't pay for it, like i said we do everything.
                     




Ozama Bin Laden
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um visit a doctor


Weezy's
yeahh cause there gonna think your not treating it maybe you should take her to a doctor and let them help


Gypsy Queen
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I dont think they will come unless someone at school complains. But u should get her checked out by the doctors. Im sure its prolly a deficiency within her system thats causing her to produce these lice. Also sometimes dry scalp flaking is misjudged for dandruff, so make sure and get it checked out.


Soccerplayer10
Get some lice spray and spray your house. even the bed and stuff. Sometimes if she gets a haircut, that will help.


Tracy H
No, it is not neglect. Anybody can get it, it doesn't matter if you keep your house clean as can be, or bathe two times a day.


zucchinisyoucantkeepagoodonedown
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I recommend Tea Tree Oil shampoo. Here's a link to where you can get it: http://www.bizrate.com/haircare/products__keyword--scalp+shampoo.html


Pammi-xx
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It's not neglect at all! Kids get them all the time! Just one of those things. doesn't matter how clean your kids/house etc is.. you daughter still has to go to school and it's easy passed on.


Peter K
Nah, anyone can get headlice. It isn't unusual for anyone. If it keeps coming back then you need to check out her friends too because they probably pass it between themselves.


Peter J Liepmann MD, FAAFP
Head lice are very common in elementary schools, because kids are close together, as are their coats, etc., and the lice can be very hard to eliminate, as you have seen! In many areas, lice have gotten to be resistant to pyrethrins (the OTC treatment) and even some of the prescription meds. Since 25% of kids in some areas are infested, I don't think this can be called abuse, and if the authorities are going after you, you can cite the articles below.

It is a good idea to look at everybody in the house, including animals, (though they're not supposed to get human head lice) and treat everybody with lice, wash sheets, pillowcases, hats, coats, etc. in hot water.

Malathion and other insecticidal shampoos can work, as do some herbals. I was reluctant to use Malathion or Lindane because of concerns about toxicity, (though reports are mostly about infants) and I couldn't find the commercial herbal product, so we used a combination of tea tree oil, anise oil and ylang ylang oil (about 1/2 oz each) diluted in vegetable oil (about 6 oz). We applied it to my daughter's hair, left it in for an hour or so, then shampoo'd it out. You could smell the herbal oils throughout the house, but it wasn't unpleasant, just strong. We did three treatments, about 5 days apart, and it worked.

Two oz bottles cost about $5 each. If you went in with other parents in your school you could probably buy it in bulk for less through your local health food store. Treating every kid in her classes at the same time is probably necessary to get rid of them for good. Maybe the PTA could host an herbal oil/shampoo party?

The first article was my source.


Terri S
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No, it is common. We just had a bout of it here at my kids' school. In one class all the kids had it except for 2.

Make sure you are treating the bedding and soft stuffed toys. Bedding just needs to be cleaned in hot water and let it soak for 20 minutes...and the stuffed animals and the like just get put into a plastic bag for about 3 weeks until they die off. Are other kids getting it too? Maybe it is the kids she is hanging with...maybe it isnt getting treated from there.

I dont believe having head lice frequently would be grounds for human services to come and check you out.


Apeyree
Head lice is not going to get any better by cutting your child's hair nor does your child have any deficiency that is causing her to get head lice. Simply stated use lice shampoo on everyone in your home **everyone** use a good nit comb and treat all bedding, furniture etc. You may want to consider re-treatment for any nits that you may have missed. Advise your child not to use other people's brushes, wear their hats, or scarves that type of thing. It could be coming from her school or friends who maybe have not been treated properly. As far as DHR getting involved I see no reason they would unless you are reported for being neglectful in the situation but you said you haven't been.


Lisa A
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I cannot believe some of these stupid answers. People, nor any other animal can produce head lice. Head lice are a pain to get rid of. When you notice them, there are many things to do in addition to the treatment that is applied to the scalp. All bedding and anything that the infested person has used or comes into contact with must be washed in the hottest water possible and dried in a hot dryer. If it can't be washed (some clothing articles require dry cleaning) then it must be dry cleaned. ALL beds, couches, chairs anything upholstered must be vacumed, after sweeping discard sweeper bag into trash. Any stuffed animals or toys that can't be washed ( like hard toys such as fisher price that can be washed like dishes in a sink with hot soapy water) must be placed into a big bag and tied shut for at least 2 weeks. It would be wise to double bag these items.These bags must be closed tightly, the idea is for the lice to die while in the bag. The child should be taught not to throw their belongs into a pile with other childrens belongs such as coats as this is a way to transmit lice. They should be taught not to use others personal grooming items such as brushes, combs or decorative hair accessories. I doubt that Child protective services would remove a child with lice, but if it becomes a threat to her/his health they would do it. Below is a link to the Centers for Disease control and their recommendations regarding lice.
http://www.cdc.gov/NCIDOD/dpd/parasites/lice/factsht_head_lice_treating.htm
I know this is a difficult process, but if you do ALL of this you will not have another problem with lice... it is normal for children to get head lice...not normal to keep them. You just haven't been instructed on how to treat the situation.


Michelle T
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jUST ABOUT EVERY CHILD GETS HEAD LICE AT SOMETIME IN THERE LIFE EVEN ADULTS, DO GET IT. pEOPLE GET HEAD LICE EVEN IF U R THE CLEANEST PERSON IN THE WORLD, i HEARD THAT LICE DONT LIKE HAIR THAT IS VERY DIRTY!!!!!!!!! bUT OF COURSE U CANT LEAVE YOUR HAIR FOR WEEKS WITH OUT WASHING IT BUT U CAN DO OTHER THINGS.
U WILL NEED HRS FOR THIS TAKE EVERY HAIR ON THE CHILD HEAD AN D WITH YOUR FINGER NAILS PULL OUT THE EGGS. TO LOOSEN THE EGGS USE HOME VINGAR, AND A FINE TOOTH COMB. BUT THE TRICK IS TO GET EVERY EGG OUT TO DO THIS IS WITH YOUR NAIL AND PULL THEM OUT FROM ONE HAIR AT A TIME, ITS A LONG PROCESS, BUT IT HOULD WORK.
THEN FROM STOPPING IT HAPPENING AGAIN IS TO DROWN UR DAUGHTER HAIR IN HAIR SPRAY THIS WOULD WORK AS THE LICE WOULD FIND IT HARD TO GRIP ON TO THE HEAD AND HEAIR SPRAY MAKES THE HAIR FEEL DIRTY TO THEM.
tIE YOUR DAUGHTERS HAIRS UP OR BRAID IT.
WASH ALL THE BEDS SHEETS AND PUT HE BLANKETS IN THE DRYER FOR A WHILE TO KILL THE LIVE ONES, TREAT OTHER PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE VISITM, GET THEM TREATED AS WELL.
WITH CONDITIONER, WHITE EVERY DAY FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST TREAT MENT COMB YOUR DAUGHTERS HAIR WITH A FINE METAL TOOTH COMB. THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THERE NO MORE AND IF THERE IS THEY DONT GET A GOOD CHANCE TO BREED AS U R REMOVING THEM EVERY DAY VENTUALLY THEY WILL GO.
YOU MIGHT OF TRY ALL OR SOME OF THESE BUT I THOUGHT I MIGHT JUST LET U NO JUST INCASE U HAVNT TRYED ANY OR ONE OF THE THINGS I MENTION....BUT AS FOR THE DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES THEY CAN GET YOU FOR HEAD LICE AS HEAD LICE IS SO COMMON THAT YOU FIND NEARLY EVERY CHILD THAT YOU NO OR HAVE KNOWN HAVE OR HAD HEAD LICE IT NOT BECAUSE YOU DONT CLEAN UR CHILD OR UR HOUSE ECT ANY ONE CAN GET IT EVEN IF UR HOUSE IS SPOTLESS OR REALLY DIRTY. SO DONT WORRY AND IF THEY DO PAY U A VISIT U HAVE NO WORRIES AS UR HOUSE IS CLEAN AND UR CHILD IS LOOKED AFTER BUT THIS WONT HAPPEN. OK

i HOPE I WAS A HELP AND GOOD LUCK, I WISH U ALL THE PATIENT WHILE TREATING AS U WILL NEED IT I WENT THROUGH IT.


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