I am embarrassed to write this post...not that I should be, but I am.
Yesterday two of the boys were sent home from school because lice were found in their hair.
I have never had an experience with lice, and I never thought any of us would ever have it...well, I thought wrong.
I have done a lot of searching in the last 12 hours about head lice, and how to rid my children and home of it. We have washed bedding, thrown away and bought new pillows, bagged stuffed animals and vacuumed, cut kids' hair and treated them with the special shampoo stuff....now it is time to wait and see.
This little bug is very transmittable. It can ride on hats, hair brushes, or stray hair and find itself a new home. While headlice aren't particularly harmful, they don't carry disease, they are very annoying and if they are allowed to get bad enough they can cause damage to the scalp. Occasionally children can scratch their heads enough to make themselves bleed, and these sores can become infected.
Lice prefer CLEAN hair, as they can hang on to the hair much more easily and their eggs stick better. Head lice are not a "dirty" thing. It is suggested that any child who comes into contact with other children use hairspray, gel, or mousse daily as to make it less appealing for the lice to stick to their hair.
From what I have read there are MANY alternative treatments. Some include Vaseline, mayonnaise, lysterine and vinegar, and tea tree oil. While all of these probably will get rid of the lice, the only way to get rid of the nits (lice eggs) is to comb them out. So, we will be combing very carefully, daily.
The good thing is neither of the two boys who had it had it too bad yet. Only a couple of live lice and from what I could see, no nits. Here's hoping our lousey problem goes away easily!