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Q. Our grandchild has had a bout with lice picked up in her first grade class. Her mother has purchased lice shampoo and all the stuff to spray but the lice keep returning. That is despite washing all the linens and getting new pillows.

Can you give us any home remedy advice? She is getting desperate!

A. Although it is important to wash and dry bedding at high heat when treating a child for lice, it should not be necessary to replace the pillows.

Lice have developed resistance to some commonly used lice shampoos. We do have a home remedy to suggest, though. Wet the hair thoroughly with Cetaphil cleanser, then blow it dry. This will form a hard shell on the hair. Leave it on overnight, then wash it out in the morning. The Cetaphil “shrink wrap” suffocates the lice, and it is easier to remove than Vaseline!

Another trick is to rinse the hair with Listerine (original amber color). Leave the Listerine on for two hours and then use a lice comb.

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  1. Kathy

    I swear by using the Listerine to rid of lice. My daughter is a magnet for lice. I just had to use it tonight! I put the Listerine on , then a shower cap for an hour. Took the cap off and combed with a metal comb, the dead lice and nits were coming out very easily.
    It works better then the lice shampoos.

  2. hd

    This is welcome assistance! The expensive lice shampoo that I ordered last week is back-ordered, and will not arrive for several more days…and the lice are starting in on my other family members!! Thank you for the suggestions.

  3. barbara

    We have had lice for almost a month now…this is next on my list to try (if any appear on my daughter tomorrow).
    Hope it works! THANK YOU!!!

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