Our summer started out idyllic. Sweet summer sleep in’s, shopping at the after Christmas sales,  fish & chips at the beach and going out for ice-cream as a treat.

We had playdates with friends, enjoyed the Werribee Open Range Zoo, we went for walks while our eldest rode his bike but there was something sinister lurking just around the corner for our little family.

It wasn’t until about 2 weeks before I was meant to return to work when my sister noticed some white lumps in my oldest son’s hair…

He has head lice” she exclaimed loudly (in the middle of the Optus Shop mind you!)

No, he doesn’t” I exclaimed, embarrassed that she had said it so loudly!

Look, I know what they look like, trust me!” – I still don’t actually believe her!

Anyway, yes upon closer observation there was no denying those little white lumps on both of my sons heads now!

Admit it, now you’re scratching your head just a little bit aren’t you!

So you see, the problem for me is that I’ve never had head lice before. The thought of these parasites living on and feeding off my beautiful sons heads was just too much for me.

I tried to remove all the eggs I could, drowned their heads in tea tree oil and put them to bed. I didn’t get much sleep that night and in the morning I informed everyone they’d played with in the last few weeks after we rushed out to the local chemist to buy a head lice treatment.

As this has opened up a whole new world to me, I feel like I’ve lost some of my innocence. All my mummy friends are telling me to get used to it “Welcome to school life, sweetie”.

So my question is this:

“How can I prepare for my son starting school this year

so that we can hopefully avoid this happening again?”

 

I would love to hear your head lice tips and tricks…


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  • I am petrified of my child getting nits
    I’ve been told conditioner (lots) as well as hair spray makes it hard for them to grip on and that heat kills them from a hair iron but I’m not sure about the heat one



  • hahahaha Im scratching now… I have a phobia now when it comes to head lice my older girls when they were younger suffered really bad until they hit high school I went through every thing, but now I have a young son in prep & previous he was in child care signs would be up nearly every month advising of head lice in the centre but I got on to Moov Head Lice Treatment Preventative spray I spray it in his hat and in his hair every day and walla I have not had a problem yet touch wood.



  • Wow, so plain old conditioner seems to be the most effective way to prevent them and treat them along with regular hair checking.
    Thanks so much everyone for your responses, I feel much more prepared now to be a school mum!



  • Lice LOVE clean hair ( – and I’m not recommending not to shower)! The best defence I’ve found is vigilance by periodically checking hair. I discourage our children from sharing hats, hair brushes and helmets, and I wash hats regularly. If a head lice alert notice comes home from school, I line the kids up, check them all, and give them an extra lather of conditioner. AND keep checking for the next few days too. You can buy a head lice defence spray, but I find the lice comb and plain conditioner works a treat. In the case of an outbreak, I have 2 different brands of head lice treatment from the chemist in my drawers ready. From experience, I found occasionally that an outbreak may have been resistant to one brand or the other, and next time, vice versa, so be prepared to keep checking and retreating until they’ve gone for good. And don’t forget to wash pillowcases too. An unavoidable hazard, I fear. Lastly, I commend you on remembering to tell others of the outbreak, so they could check their children, because head lice is much easier to treat before they get too established.



  • Saturating hair with a Homebrand conditioner and combing the nits & lice out is the first step. I spray my little one’s hair with a blend of neem, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil, the lice have stayed away so far (fingers crossed)!



  • I found given the lice don’t hold on with lots of conditioner in the hair. The more silicon in the conditioner doesn’t give them a place to attach.



  • My daughter is several years away from school but already I’m thinking about this issue and it’s grossing me out! I had resigned myself to the fact that she will likely pick up all sorts of yukky things from daycare and then from school.

    I’ll be keeping an eye on this question in the hopes of some good tips!



  • I recently used a product Nit Nitz 46 and I am using the daily spray ( doesnt smell like normal nit spray and touch wood it is working, cause early days


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