Monday, March 1

Mommy Q & A - Head Lice, Gross!

"Mommy, it itches!"

That is what I've been hearing for the past few days and it had been driving my hubby and I crazy! She (our 5 year old daughter) had also been scratching her head every 8 seconds! I had been checking her every night because we figured it was head lice, but no sign of them. Well, yesterday I flipped her hair and viola! I saw a ton of eggs. It was already 8pm and I though "ahhh, she has to stay up another 2-3 hours.

So this weeks question comes from me to you! I'd like to bust some myths that we always hear about lice in children. Don't forget adults can get them as well. In some areas lice infestations go up after spring break! Gross. But anyways, I hope this post makes you a bit more comfortable with lice and/or getting rid of those pesky critters.

I've come up with a few Q&A's:

  1. Where do we usually get lice from? Last year was the first year my daughter got lice and it was also her first year of preschool! So yes, children, especially girls, get lice usually from school.
  2. How we we get rid of them? I've done tons of research about head lice and the only way to get rid of them is to buy an over-the-counter or prescription (same thing) use the shampoo, get and pick out the lice eggs or nits one by one! There are so many people who say to wash all of their belongings, but if a lice happens to fall out of the hair, it will die!
  3. Do I tell my kids not to play with the dirty kids?Another myth is that if you have lice your hair is dirty..... NOT TRUE! Lice don't know the difference between clean or dirty hair.
  4. How do you get head lice? Well, there is only one way. When the female louse (lice) senses movement in the hair she will make her way to the ends of the hair and wait for another head of hair. There has to be head to head contact (hair) for about a minute for the transfer to be successful. So I suggest that we instill in our children a "personal space" rule, as I have.
  5. My child was sent home because she has lice. What now? Well, to tell you the truth many nurses send children home because they "Think" the child has head lice, doesn't mean they do. I suggest you go through your child's hair yourself. If you see tons of white eggs, then you are fine. These white eggs are hatched eggs and are called nits! If you see brown eggs you still don't have lice, these are just the eggs you can treat and they will more than likely die in a few hours. If you don't want to check yourself, just head on over to the doctor. So, just remove all the nits or eggs and send your child back to school.
  6. I don't see anymore nits or eggs, now what? Well, you should also check to see if there are any adult louse in your child's hair. For this you may have to look in your child's hair for the next few days. Check around the scalp and the ends of the hair. Again, if you are unsure see your doctor. Most schools may require doctors approval before letting your child back into the classroom.
Lots of parents get upset when their child has lice, but they are harmless and they probably won't go away for a long time. Kids are kids and don't forget that adults get them as well! If your child does go back to school, just let the teacher know to maybe remind the kids to not get too close to each other.

I found some great links that have some good information on how to get rid of them as well as lice information. Check them out.

4 comments:

  1. Such an informative post!! I remember having lice as a child and actually getting them frequently. The myth was that if you had lice meant you had dirty hair - so not the case!! I love reading your blogs!! Kudos Cj! :)

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  2. Great post :)

    I would like to point out to your readers that more and more lice are becoming resistant to the active ingredients in the lice killing shampoos. You are better off using non-toxic methods to get rid of head lice.

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  3. Oh yes! Good point Martin @ Super-Lice. I also heard that lice are changing... It's awful when I see the little kiddos scratching their noggins!
    What's ur fav method?

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