A Parent's Kit for Louse Treatment

A Listmania! list by K. Miller
The list author says: "As a parent who has recently had to deal with a louse infestation, I wish I'd built this kit before hand. That way I could have avoided wasting money on useless products as well as overnight fees.

I sincerely hope you never have to use this kit, but believe that parents should have to proper tools at their disposal if the need ever arises.

It's important that you are aware of the life cycle of lice in order to know how to treat them. Here is some information from a web search:

"When a female louse finds its way onto the head of a person, she starts laying eggs, or nits, along with a glue that firmly attaches the nits to the hair close to the scalp. An adult female can deposit 6-8 nits in 2 days!
It takes about 10 days for a newborn louse to become an adult. Once an adult, the female louse can start laying eggs. This means it only takes 16 days for an (nit) to become a female louse capable of laying more eggs. Adult lice live for 9 to 10 days, making the total lifespan of a louse from egg to adult about 25 days."

Lice run from light, so every time you part the hair they zip off to another location. They also go through stages: nit, nymph 1, nymph 2 and adult louse. The nymphs are almost impossible to see, and nits are very hard to get off the hair shaft. The terminator comb is great for nits and the Robi comb is good at killing lice from the nymph to louse stages. You want to kill as many of these insects at each stage as you possibly can.

Expect to treat the infected person for a minimum of 2 weeks to a month."
Nix Cream Rinse Lice Treatment, Family Pack - 2 Treatments - 4 fl oz
1.  Nix Cream Rinse Lice Treatment, Family Pack - 2 Treatments - 4 fl oz by NIX
The list author says:
  "This product is a good first step. It will not kill everything, but it will provide that first killing blast. Expect to still see louse moving about after treatment. They could be dying, or they could be treatment resistant."
Used & New from: $38.75

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Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb,  Professional Stainless Steel Louse and Nit Comb for Head Lice Treatment, Removes Nits
2.  Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb, Professional Stainless Steel Louse and Nit Comb for Head Lice Treatment, Removes Nits by Nit Free
The list author says:
  "Use this product after the Nix, and then after every shower or bath. It's very effective at removing nits and louse, just read the reviews. Also, you can boil it after every use so you don't re-introduce anything to the hair."
$10.25   Used & New from: $10.24
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (975 customer reviews)

LiceGuard Robi Comb Electronic Lice Comb
3.  LiceGuard Robi Comb Electronic Lice Comb by LiceGuard
The list author says:
  "This product works on dry hair. You need to go through the infected persons head every day and this will zap anything that gets caught in the teeth. Be aware that it will zap dandruff, tangles, and that mole you may have on your head. It doesn't kill nits (that's why you need the other comb.)We actually used this and then ran the terminator comb through each section afterwards."
$21.94   Used & New from: $18.33
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Shampoo, 32 Ounce
4.  Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Shampoo, 32 Ounce by Fairy Tales
The list author says:
  "I can't vouch for the efficacy of the product as a louse repellant, but it made me feel like I was at least doing something preventative. Also, I live in a heavily wooded area with significant wetland. The bugs are atrocious! Since I'm outside all the time, I did notice that there are fewer gnats flying around my face. Bonus."
$22.00   Used & New from: $14.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)