Monday, May 30, 2011

Loused up Monday

A couple days ago Shorty and her friends were throwing sawdust into each others hair. This morning, while walking to school, I noticed Shorty's scalp was dirty. I said "You did a bad job washing your hair, it's still covered in dirt..." when the dirt moved. But no - she's got a right good infestation of head lice. The utter irony of this, is that she'd just been saying this morning before we headed out that she'd never had head lice. None of us has. Shorty took particular pride. Imagine my confusion and then slumped acceptance when that speck of dirt moved. I, at first, thought she had fleas. They looked the same. No one has ever told me lice look like fleas. Sesame seeds was what I'd had them described as, not fleas. Apparently I've had more experience with fleas than they have. And sesame seeds.

We sent big sister along to school on her own* and we turned around and walked straight to the pharmacy. I went to the counter and when asked "May I help you?" Shorty announced loud and proud "I have nits!!" to which I'm sure everyone in the shop took an immediate step back from us both. Truthfully, for a kid who'd just boasted about how she'd never had nits, to be so delighted that she was now full of them was surreal. The pharmacist was great and I spent a fortune on all the stuff; foaming insecticide, shampoo, conditioner and the Rolls Royce of nit combs. She then sat happily in a warm bath for 45 minutes stinking of toxins; blissful. I began to get so overrun with feelings of creepy things on my head and face I used the solution too; I had been laying in her bed with her last night, sharing her pillow.

She was less happy to be sat on a low stool between my knees for two hours while I removed all the egg casings with the Rolls Royce of nit combs. She was less happy with my choice of TV show; Quincy M.E.

I'll have to repeat the combings every other day and do another Family stinky foam head on Sunday. I'll need to buy another bottle, too.


*I'm sure someone will be thinking why did I let Sassy go to school when chances are she has nits too? Well she'd had a haircut the day before and I'm certain if there had been any signs of nits the hairdresser would have let me know. She'll be treated tonight with the same potions, regardless.

9 comments:

MissPosy said...

A tip from someone who had nits as a kid more time than I can count - tea tree oil. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on their hair in the morning before school, and spray it in their school hat. Keep their hair up in a pony-tail when they're at school also!

phonakins said...

The K something solution is good from the chemist.

I only got nits in Highschool heh

Rox said...

We've never had nits here in our house. Watch, I'll get them now! This post made me itchy. Nit-talk always does though.

jomamma said...

We deal with them daily at the school. Sometimes the combs don't work and you have to resort to your fingernails to slide them down the strands of hair. My daughter's had them twice, the first time her hair was long enough for her to sit on a good foot of it. Tea Tree oil is great. But something that works just as well is any old hair jell or styling foam product. For all it's worth, having lice is a sign of cleanliness. The bugs don't like dirty hair so you have to junk it up with some jell or foam. As long as you keep some kind of hair product on their hair they won't get them. Pony tails and not sharing hats, scarves and hairbrushes helps too.

May as well start on the stuffed animals while you're at it. Toss them all in large plastic bags and leave them out in the sun for about 4 days. That will fry the little bastards. Then run them through the clothes dryer to toss their little bodies out. The bag method works well on bed pillows too. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum... EVERYTHING in your house.

northern musings said...

Thanks Lyvvie - I am now scratching my head.... I remember having them in primary school and the horrid gunk that we had to use then (early 70's). Also, remember classes where we combed out hair onto paper to see if we had any... urgh, again... I am itching - good luck with it, glad that shorty has such a positive attitude though!

Lyvvie said...

I bought KP24 medicated foam which worked great and Thursday Plantation tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner I'll get the essential oil and use that in a spray bottle. Lucky for me I love the smell of tea tree oil. I've used Thursday Plantation deodorant for ages because the smell is wonderful.

I have no idea how long she'd had them before I noticed. I brush her hair and put it in ponytails most weekdays and leave it over the weekend to her own care. So I know she had two pigtails on Friday and I noticed nothing. I wonder if during swim lessons Friday afternoon, if they hung their clothes on pegs near benitted people.

Could one louse make such a home in 3 days? I'm inclined to think she had them for a week or more before I noticed. For that I feel awful and neglectful.

tornwordo said...

Ugh. At least they aren't body lice (there are three kinds don't you know) where every freckle is a potential louse. How do I know this? I just do ; )

Overboard said...

I'm scratching my head reading this and I will never, ever look at sesame seeds in the same way again, something I use every day in the Far Out. Gotta move soon.

geezer squeezer! said...

scrub her head with a steel wire brush... i'll bring one from perth especially...