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My grandaughter is mixed, 1/2 white, 1/2 African American. If I grease her hair, can she still get lice?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

All you need to get/keep lice is be exposed,have a scalp.
Having hair gives them something to hide in.Since they can selectively hold their breath up to 18 hours at a time, your oiling might work if the kid kept her head buried in grease/oil 24/7.Though sometimes offered as a home preventive treatment, this is a messy myth.

In brief: Yes

All you need to get/keep lice is be exposed,have a scalp.
Having hair gives them something to hide in.Since they can selectively hold their breath up to 18 hours at a time, your oiling might work if the kid kept her head buried in grease/oil 24/7.Though sometimes offered as a home preventive treatment, this is a messy myth.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Boy, howdy, is it ever messy! Grease gets absorbed by clothes, upholstered furniture, etc., & leaves big ol' permanent stains, all for naught.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: I've never seen it

stop them! I'd let her hair be naturally healthy & allow her scalp to breathe.

In brief: I've never seen it

stop them! I'd let her hair be naturally healthy & allow her scalp to breathe.
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