I remember the day so well. I was out to dinner with my parents who were visiting us from out of state. Me and my then two children, my daughter 12 and my son 6. We were sitting at the fast food joint having a burger and my little guys starts itching. He was blond and crew cut hair and I just happened to notice a little bug on his hair by his ear. Immediately it hit me, I look at my mother and in slow motion “uuugghh, he’s goot liiiicccee”. Dinner wrapped up pretty quickly after that (funny how bugs in the hair will do that). My parents were in town because I was leaving town to attend a funeral. I had to leave them with this, it killed me. Can I just take a moment and say I love my parents. Moments like that really makes you appreciate how wonderful they are. So I bought all the products. Did the first treatment that night, but there were more to come. My dad took the next round after I left the next day. When I came home my boy had a shaved head. Well that’s one way of handling it.
Now the word is that Super Lice is here and badder than ever. The CDC is reporting it is in 25 states. A recent study revealed that the lice populations tested had high levels of gene mutations making them more resistant to over-the-counter treatments.
So what do we do? Well this information is not all that new. They just have a study backing it. The fact of the matter is (and anyone that has dealt with lice knows this) it’s never gone in one treatment. You usually have to do two or three maybe more treatments to get them completely gone. What is the process of exterminating your kid’s scalp?
- Pour a glass of wine (let’s get real it’s lice you deserve it).
- Buy several over-the-counter treatments. Follow directions on how often to repeat treatment.
- Use the nit comb! (this is the crucial step, you need to remove those little eggs to remove the lice).
- Repeat (following manufactures directions). Wine, wash, comb.
- Wash all the linens, stuffed animals, hats if possible in hot water.
- Throw out hair brushes or clean them if you have that kind of energy.
How to prevent re-infestation (my lord that’s a nasty word when speaking of your child’s head). Teach your child not to share hats, brushes, combs, headphones (not earbuds, but headphones).
There are reports flying around that these buggers could be spread through selfie contact. My personal opinion (just that a personal opinion, not a doctor) is that selfies take all of five seconds. That little louse would have to be hanging off the edge of a strand of hair like a little Flying Wallenda waiting to swing to the next strand. Lice don’t jump, they are actually very slow moving. Now if your girls are into the friendship braid of their hair where they braid it together and take a selfie, that may be a different story, maybe let’s not do that….
According to the reports from the CDC and the recent study done on lice strains, they’ve found gene mutations that are more resistant to the over-the-counter treatments. But I honestly think it is nothing to panic over. It seems that this is just information that has been confirmed recently from a theory we all had. Because most of us that have been touched by lice know it is not just a one wash and done routine. It takes way more wine (I mean treatments) than that.
Okay now be honest, how many of you have been itching the whole time? Me too.
Do you have a lice story? Share it below and maybe I’ll include it in a future post.