Question: Last year my granddaughter caught lice at school. I read about using petroleum jelly and told my daughter about it. Well, the whole family tried it together. What a nightmare! Wisk will not wash it out. Nothing will wash it out!
The whole family had to go to work and school with jelly in their hair and I felt awful because I was the one who told them about your article.
Answer: Guilty as charged. We feel terrible. Petroleum jelly is a mess to remove.
Here's how this remedy evolved. A reader responded to a plea for help from another mom. She wrote: "Our pediatrician consulted Dr. Neil Prose of Duke University, who recommended applying petroleum jelly to the children's hair. I applied petrolatum to each child's hair and scalp, then put a plastic shower cap on each child while they slept. The next morning I washed the Vaseline out (pouring baby oil on the hair helped with this chore). The lice were gone."
We were amazed and contacted Dr. Prose, a pediatric dermatologist. He said that he occasionally recommended this treatment as a last resort after desperate parents tried everything else. Another mom suggested diluted Wisk to aid in removal. In truth, petroleum jelly is nasty stuff to get out of the hair.