I’m sharing 7 Tips When Your family Has Lice because the unthinkable finally happened to my family and with only a few weeks of school.
I scratch my head when I think or talk about it.
My Family Had Lice!
What a pain in my life! It was Monday and my child had been scratching her head for a while, but I truly thought it was eczema. I drove all the way to the dermatologist for her to spread the hair on my baby’s scalp (my youngest) to find an egg and lice. Honestly, I could barely see them until she pointed them out. I had checked her head a week before because someone in the class had it, but I found nothing.
Thinking fast, I called a professional because my motherly instinct kicked in telling me that not only did she have it, but I had it and probably my 8-year-old as well.
I was right and for the next 2 hours, I would learn more about lice than I would ever want to know.
Here are a few things I learned about delousing your head and house.
- Call a professional the first time. I had no idea what to do and she spent 2 hours getting the bug party out of our heads. It was a serious process, but now I know what to do at home. Trust me it’s not cheap, but I sleep better at night.
- Lice Do Not Jump. Lice crawl around, so head-to-head contact is part of the exchanging process. There is no hugging going on in our house or at school. Only air kisses!
- 24 Hour Life Span. These little suckers can only live off your scalp for more than 24 hours. This is why you need to wash and clean your sheets and so on. Lice may be hanging out if your kids were rolling all over the couch cushions.
- Nit Combs and Kits. Why don’t they give us moms Nit Combs in our Back-To-School Swag Bags? This is a must, especially for the long-haired lovers during the school year. The kits can be found at your local pharmacy. But you better know what you’re doing. I’ve heard of a few moms trying to do it themselves and it became a classroom epidemic.
- Some schools don’t care or check anymore. It’s true. Lice don’t carry any disease, they are strictly just a nuisance for us parents. Some schools do. I go to one that does and I was sent home the standard lice information letter.
- Essential Oils, Hairspray and Hair Gel. Do all of these products work? No one seems to really know. Word on the street is that they hate the smell of rosemary and peppermint. The best advice is ponytails and buns for a while. I don’t want my kids getting it again.
- Cleaning Your House. Wash your sheets. Pillows in the dryer for 15 to 20 minutes. Lint brush your couch if you can’t wash it. Wash their backpacks. Boil brushes or wash with soap and water. Stuffed animals in garbage bags for 24 hours. Headbands and hair accessories in a plastic bag in the freezer.