Monday, October 06, 2008

Lice!

I am so sick of head lice! We've been dealing with it over the past three weeks and thought we'd been able to get rid of them.

NO

I've never had lice, never seen lice, so I didn't know what to look for. We were at the local Sweet & Sassy and the gal there showed me the nits that were in my daughter's hair. There weren't any lice at the time, but I did wash my daughter's hair and found one while combing through it. They're basically fleas for humans.

I don't have them and neither does J, but I keep worrying every time I have an itchy scalp. Poor M. She's not sleeping well which makes for a very cranky girl - and a very frustrated mom.

The lady at the hair cutting place said that lice has been bad this year in the area.

(Edited: Well, I do have lice. I found one in my hair just this afternoon. Just ran off to get the treatment - crap! This just ook's me out on so many levels.)

3 comments:

Terri L. Carey said...

Dang! She still has them??

fillyjonk said...

One of the problems, as I understand it, is that there are populations of lice that are resistant to RID and the other "chemical" remedies (which are often permethrin...not sure I'd want that on my scalp, let alone my (hypothetical) child's).

Have you tried the old trick of coating her hair and scalp with olive oil or mayonnaise, and then covering it with a shower cap for an hour (yeah, I know, that's an excruciatingly long time...). I've read that that's one way to deal with the resistant lice. You still have to comb all the nits out though because they seem to be able to tolerate the "smothering" treatment....

frizzlefry said...

I'm so sorry to hear it. We did lice last year. All 5 kids had them. We think Nate brought them home from a baseball helmet.

It was horrible. I was wishing I could shave all of their heads like they used to do in the 18 and 1900's.

Good luck!