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Old 10-07-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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And he said it was... a TICK!! I can't believe I couldn't identify it. It was a small tick, that's for certain.

Thank you for all your responses.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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lol....all those options and it was none of the above, eh? go figure...
well, im glad it was a lone bug. thats happiness!!!!
Im all about the tea tree oil! i work w/kids, in very very close contact and we've had several lice outbreaks. My oldest had it 2x and then we started in w/using TeaTree oil shampoo. LOVE IT!!! Even when we've had outbreaks at my work, my youngest daughters best friend came down w/it, and we got a call 2days after my oldest was at a slumber party that the other girls came down w/it, we havent had a single lice since using the teatree oil shampoo! Im all for it!!!!!!
I think it keeps the fleas away too.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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Lice must start with 1 hopping onto someone's head. I know you are being vigilant, so you'll soon find out, one way or another.
What worries me is that my pets have on occasion had fleas, but the fleas never seem to go in a human's hair.
Fleas jump all over and were not aiming for her hair probably. They just jump a lot and perhaps landed in her hair. Lice are much smaller.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:29 PM
 
Location: mass
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And he said it was... a TICK!! I can't believe I couldn't identify it. It was a small tick, that's for certain.

Thank you for all your responses.

oooh, probably a deer tick then. Good catch!
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:30 PM
 
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Hairdresser here. I am almost sure it is lice and yes you can have the bug without the nits. The nits will be there soon so TREAT.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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I was combing my daughter's hair for school when I noticed a little brown insect crawling across her scalp... my first thought was lice but she has no nits, the rest of her hair and scalp are completely clear. I managed to crush the thing with my fingernail... does anyone know if it's possible to have lice without nits? I am thinking it must have been a flea, but since I crushed it I can't identify it easily.

Any lice veterans who can help?
I understand your fear! But it seems to be an isolated case of a random flea. Do you own animals? If not it is probable that one jumped on for the ride! This is completely normal! Fleas have been known to jump on for a ride until more suitable hosts are found!
lice? Come in packs, if you spotted a full grown to the naked eye insect moree than likely you would have seen little white clumps stuck to the base of your childs head and on the crown, I am a master of removing these buggers being that I worked at a pre-k program before!
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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FLEAS: Animal fleas don't jump on humans. We aren't tasty to them. To get rid of fleas and flea eggs permanently, "shampoo" your carpets and rugs and wash your floors and baseboards with isopropyl alcohol (yes, cheap, plain old rubbing alcohol). It kills both the fleas and their eggs. Buy a couple of gallons at Costco and go to work. Also wash all clothing and bedding. End of flea problem. If your dog and cat run loose outside...which they shouldn't, of course, you could get a reinfestation from other people's dogs and cats, but a quick trip to the vet once a month for a tube of flea medicine will solve the problem permanently.

ANIMAL LICE: Lice, like fleas, are very quick and jump. Again, though, they are host specific: bird lice attack birds, and humans don't taste good to them. Same with lice found on other animals. They starve to death on humans...unless your pet rhesus monkey or chimp has lice, of course. Those will jump on us as lunch in a snap.

However, animal lice will jump and run around on humans before starving to death...which is uncomfortable and disconcerting. A quick remedy for animal and bird lice is delousing medications purchased at any vet supply or pet supply outlet.

HUMAN LICE: This is a problem. It requires a tedious amount of work, not unlike treating pin worms in children. It also must be reported to the social services and the school district because the entire school must be cleaned and the childrens' parents notified of a lice outbreak. The treatment is special shampoos...or used to be.

BED BUGS, SCABIES, and other TICKS: shudder. Let's not go there today. I'm getting twitchy.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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lol....all those options and it was none of the above, eh? go figure...
well, im glad it was a lone bug. thats happiness!!!!
Im all about the tea tree oil! i work w/kids, in very very close contact and we've had several lice outbreaks. My oldest had it 2x and then we started in w/using TeaTree oil shampoo. LOVE IT!!! Even when we've had outbreaks at my work, my youngest daughters best friend came down w/it, and we got a call 2days after my oldest was at a slumber party that the other girls came down w/it, we havent had a single lice since using the teatree oil shampoo! Im all for it!!!!!!
I think it keeps the fleas away too.
can you recommend a shampoo? my son is 2.5--is he too young?
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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Adult Lice ARE brown, but lighter than a flea.

Fleas are fast. And almost black.

I wouldn't hesitate to use TT oil shampoo on a little kid but do not get it in the eyes.

I've also heard some parents swear by putting a light spritz of hair spray in their child's hair each day, then brushing it through. Supposedly the lice don't like it, makes it hard to attach or something. ::shrug:::

I have used TT Oil shampoo on the kids as well as making my own by adding TT Oil to regular shampoo. It stinks though so I always follow up with some conditioner that smells good.
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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peppermint oil works well. my son had lice two years ago and again this winter. we were given a bottle of a non-chemical liquid (Licenex or Licenix?) that dries quick and doesn't cause breakouts (sensitive skin runs in the family). we don't have the trouble with nits, maybe because of enzymes in the product? Has anyone else tried it or something similar? Also, if anyone has really sensitive skin, what has worked for you?
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