March 24, 2010

Well, at least it gives me something to blog about.

On Saturday morning it happened.  That thing that moms dread.

Head. Lice.

Oh, those words can drive fear into the heart of even the most toughened mom.  The laundry.  The cleaning.  The bugs.

“I’m trying not to freak out”, I said to Big Daddy through clenched teeth

“I’ll go to the drugstore right now.”, he said throwing on his shoes, grabbing his keys an running out the door, silently thanking God that he has his “summer” hair cut, meaning his head is already shaved.  For the next twently minutes I held Baby Bee and shivered.  I swore I could see them crawling on the Princess from across the room (she seems to be patient zero).

I spent four days washing laundry, vacuuming and combing through endless amounts of little girl hair.  Finally, today, the Princess got the all clear from the school nurse (her school has a no nit policy) ad Littlebit is clean as well.  Our lice journey is nearly over, save for evening preventative hair combings and another treatment with chemicals this weekend to be sure we’ve caught them all.

So, how to get rid of them if you have the little suckers?

1) Get a lice killing shampoo.  Use it exactly as the package details.

2) Get a good,  stainless steel it comb.

Comb the hair.  Start with a small section and comb it in all directions.  Pay particular attention to the nape of the neck and around the ears. Throw out the plastic nit combs that will come in a head lice kit.  They don’t work.  I found a stainless steel nit comb for $7 at the drugstore and it removed eggs I couldn’t see with my naked eye.

If your kiddos are tender headed or drama queens about having their hair brushed, some water or tangle spray will help the comb side through the hair with less discomfort.

I would also make sure you get the comb all the way do the scalp.  I was mean about it, but I was making sure I was scraping along the scalp with the teeth of the comb.

3)Vacuum soft surfaces.  Lice can only live off of the human body for 24-hours.  Newly hatched lice must feed right away (on human blood. ewwwww) or they will perish.

Dry things like pillows on high heat for at least 30 minutes.

Wash bedding and towels on hot water

Clean (or toss and replace brushes, combs and hair accessories)

4) You and your pets won’t pass lice back and forth, so no worries.

One thing I would like to point out is that people seemed very concerned with nits.  I’m not sure why.  Nits are hatched eggs.  If your kiddo is bug free you need to be worried about EGGS, not nits.  Nits aren’t going to turn into anything.  Their damage has already been done.

Lastly, I read some information on-line yesterday that indicated you could use a black light for nit/lice removal.  We bought a black light, but I think we had so many removed already we can’t say for sure that this process works, but it seems like it would/should as nits/lice eggs and lice are white (or mostly white).

p.s. head lice removal will take up all of your time until they’re gone.  Who can twitter or blog when you have BUGS?  Ewwwwww.

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    Wow, the “L” word just makes my skin and scalp itch. Luckily, you cannot get it from just a blog posting. PHEW! I had lice a few times as a child. Long hair just asks for the little buggers. My grandpa (grew up on a farm) used paint thinner on my head; I do not recommend. Thinking back, I think it killed the first layer of my skin as well as the bugs.

    Oh the things I have to look forward to as my son gets older. EEEWWWWW!

    Thank you for the informative post. Look forward to reading your blog.
    -Dani

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