Your Worst Nitmare

  1. cbfran says:

    yes, i am now itchy. thank you very much ūüėČ Boy girl, you can keep SECRETS!!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Well, it’s not the sort of thing you just put out there for no reason…. unless you have a blog!¬† ūüôā

      I figured I’d take one for the team on this one, since I wish someone had told me all this stuff BEFORE I had to deal with it!

  2. NancyB says:

    Of course my head starts itching!

    I’m so grateful that in 17 years of schooling my son never had Lice (commence knocking on wood) – I think I would just freak out.

    Lice Solutions – I’ve never head of such a thing.¬† Usually in our school you can tell which kids had lice (especially boys) because they come back to school with a fresh haircut.¬† And other kids in the cafeteria would all tell me anyway.

    I’m glad you’re Lice Free!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      ¬†One thing they told me was that cutting hair is completely unnecessary, particularly since all the activity is at the base of your child’s scalp. I was grateful to know that! I had never dealt with lice in any way until now, but I had gotten the ” student in your child’s class has lice” letter sent home about five times this year, so I knew it was a definite possibility, particularly since both my kids are huggers! *shudder*

  3. me.burke says:

    I never knew that they had lice salons. ¬†I’m sure my mom would have loved that. ¬†We got lice a few times as kids, and once we were old enough I remember spending many afternoons with my friends taking turns picking through each other’s hair. ¬†Thankfully I haven’t had to deal with this is my own kids yet. ¬†Keeping my fingers crossed.

  4. Melissa says:

    I grew up in SoCal, and there were plenty of occasions where my mom confiscated my dress-up clothes to wash them in hot water because another mom had made the dreaded “my kid who was just at your house yesterday has lice” phone call…

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      I realized after reading about lice, too, that we all as parents have a MUCH greater chance of encountering them now than we did when we were little. When I was a kid, schools had a ‘no nit’ policy- You couldn’t come back to class until a nurse checked your head and every last egg was gone. Now, though, the standards have been revised because lice don’t cause any real health problems- They’re just annoying. So kids can come back to school after just one home treatment, and generally, a parent can’t get them all in one try…

  5. I am pinning this article and saving it! Ew. Lice. I hope I never need to call on this post again! Yeek!

  6. Amy says:

    What a great business! They never had anything like that when my kids were little. I remember pouring some red stuff on their heads – Rid, maybe? is that the pesticide? Oops – well, that’s all we knew.
    Reminds me of how friends of mine said that back in their youth they would run down the street behind the mosquito-spraying truck, playing in the pesticide spray! But that was in the early 60s.
    How times have changed!!!

  7. cheesehead4ever says:

    Great, now I have Ghost Lice.

  8. Mary says:

    I actually had a¬†similar¬†incident a few years back with my little girl. ¬†I became a ‘nit picker’ on that night. ¬†After about a week she was lice free. ¬†I never want to go through that again!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      ¬† I’m still not sure I could spot one. All I know is that they stick to
      the nit comb, and now we’ve got one. The woman who worked on my child’s
      head told me we could have easily gone TWO MORE WEEKS without knowing
      about the lice. EWWW!

  9. Jsme says:

    Wow thats alot of money. When my daughter had lice last year I got rid of them over a weekend using coconut oil, rosemary, and a electronic nit comb. I treated bith my girls. I wouldnt have had the money for a service even if one was here. Maybe i should open one. You were lucky not to have to deal with it yourself.

  10. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh!¬† We had a similar experience at¬† Christmas.¬† Our school had multiple lice outbreaks this fall and I became CONVINCED my daughter had them.¬† She has this amazing thick long hair and everyone kept saying to me…you better hope she doesn’t get them.¬†¬† On Dec. 2 I placed that same frantic phone call to Lice Solutions and we rushed right over. Thankfully we were lice free -but the ladies there were so nice to us!¬†

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      ¬†They’re SO nice. And by the way, I hear Williamson County schools are having a lice outbreak now. Mwah ha ha ha haaaa!¬† ūüėČ

  11. S. says:

    Now here is something you may not have heard. When our family had lice last summer (everyone but the baby and my husband), the lady at our local health clinic explained this to me: “The person with lice may continue to feel itching on the scalp even AFTER all the adult lice have been eliminated (by the strong poisonous gel stuff). The reason is that lice bites are very much like mosquito bites: the bugs’ saliva under the skin continues to cause that itchy feeling for several days even after the original bite(s).” Made me feel just a little better to know that. Another thing — Whenever you check for nits, make your child stand under the brightest light possible — preferably right next to the window, so you can get a really good close look at the nits. That’s the way you can learn how to tell the difference between nits and skin flakes. Notice the way you have to use your fingernails to pull the nits off the hair shaft (they’re kinda glued on there, unlike dandruff). Good luck, hope they’re all gone quickly!!

  12. Kristen says:

    My daughter has very thick, long hair and had lice last fall. LOTS of lice. I spent 8 hours that day picking through her hair, 2 hours the next and combing it for a long time several days after. But she was lice free. Unfortunately, I wasn’t, and since I can’t pick through my own hair, I ended up having a service come from an hour away to help me. I keep trying to convince myself I should open such a service locally. And I can see the reasoning behind cutting the hair — the 8 hours of nitpicking would have been shorter if her hair was shorter. I had to pull the nits from her scalp to the end of the strand of hair in order to get them off. Thank goodness she has dark hair so they were easier to see.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      ¬†Oh! By the way! The “nitpickers” told me that once the egg is unbonded from the hair follicle, it can’t hatch- so as long as you loosen it from where it’s bonded near the scalp, even if you don’t get it entirely out of your child’s hair, it’s fine. And it doesn’t matter where you put the eggs after you get them out. They’re unhatchable. I thought that was really helpful (though gross!) information.

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  14. spinetingler says:

    After several bouts one year we discovered Sklice, a prescription product that works perfectly. We also pulled our girls off of the schoolbusses, which is kind of a pain, but they haven’t gotten lice again though they have been going around.

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