Thursday, November 6, 2014
9 Things I Learned While Dealing With Head Lice
The nurse called me and said Natalie had lice.
It was awful. Awful. I hope we never have to go through it again.
Here are things I learned about dealing with lice.
1. There are so many lice products out there.
I didn't know what to get. There's Lice B Gone. Gone Lice. Lice Freee. Remove Lice! Lice Yuck. Which one should I get? And why were they so expensive? The only reason I bought the product I did (Lice Freee) was because a friend recommended it. (I also went to Ulta and picked up their Fairy Tale lice products.)
2. Lice shampoo smells weird.
I mean, you're using something to kill a bug. So I figured it wouldn't smell of coconut. Still. My fingers seemed to smell of it for days.
3. The washer and dryer will be going for most of the day.
I had to wash all the bedding. Stuffed animals. Towels. Clothes. I was paranoid my dryer might start smoking.
4. You have to deal with the weird smelling lice shampoo for most of the day.
One treatment is rarely enough. So there's a lot of putting it in, combing everything out, washing it out, and repeating. I had my Scentsy going to help mask the scent. It sort of worked. Our house smelled like a pumpkin/chemical building.
5. The kids don't appreciate what you're doing.
"I'm tired of having my hair all wet! The house smells strange! Maybe I LIKE the lice living in my hair!" These are things I heard from Natalie throughout the day.
6. You'll feel like you live in a dirty house when the nurse and principal tell you that your child has lice.
Yup. I worried I didn't clean enough even though I know Natalie got it from her friend. She and her friends love to play with each other's hair on a daily basis.
7. If you have a kid with Autism, they'll probably freak out.
Tommy didn't like the smell of the shampoos. He didn't like the idea of bugs in his hair. He was worried to sit anywhere in the house. At one point he took a blanket and sat on it. He didn't want Natalie near him. He was in a constant state of panic.
8. Also, if your child likes bugs, they'll actually LIKE the lice.
Yup. I showed Natalie what the lice looked like because I found one ON HER HEAD--normally this would freak a person out because, ew, BUGS ON MY SKULL! But nope, Natalie was like, "Aw, he's cute! Do we have to kill it? Maybe he just needs a home in my hair." (I had to swallow back the urge to go, "WTF Natalie?")
9. Your own head will start to itch the second you hear about lice.
Your head itches now, doesn't it? Sorry.