I must warn you, after reading this blog post, you will feel itchy and uncomfortable. Read ahead at your own risk!
The school nurse called and said those two words you never want to hear, “head lice.”
“Ugh,” I thought, “there goes our weekend.”
I was following the steps on the lice kit box from the drug store when I got multiple texts from my friends – “Call the Lice Mom!”
“Wait, there is a Lice Mom? REALLY? But I am following the directions from the box? Isn’t that what you are supposed to do?”
Oh how wrong I was and how much I would learn over the next few hours.
I was at step two, combing out one daughter’s hair. I was less than 10% done with her head and I had already removed a dozen eggs (or so I thought). I just couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to be looking for and removing. Everywhere I looked there was more and more.
At this point, I was thinking, “I have to do this for all three girls’ long hair. I will then somehow have to do this for my own hair. Maybe I should just shave the whole family’s heads. Really that would be easier. It is just hair, it will grow back.” And then I called the Professional Lice Mom, Melanie.
Melanie came over to my house in about one hour. She went through the whole family’s hair and saved us.
She taught me so much. Such as that those drug store kits are worthless. They don’t even kill the head lice anymore because the lice are now resistant. I think she proved this when she pulled several live, baby lice from my daughter’s head an hour after I shampooed her heavily with the anti-lice shampoo.
I also learned that the white eggs I was pulling out are really egg casings from hatched eggs. I couldn’t even see the un-hatched brown eggs against my daughter’s brown hair.
In the end, only the one kid ended up having any lice. I have no idea how that is possible when we all share hairbrushes. But I am so thankful that we actually caught it early, before it could spread to the whole house.
If you run into this unfortunate problem, call Melanie! Or just save her number now into your phone, so you can call her as you are leaving the school with your lice-infested child.
Professional Lice Mom: Melanie Jones
She will save your life too before you want to shave your whole family’s heads. My visit cost less than $100 (she bills based on time and travel). Plus, I received a little kit to keep checking the kids daily now that I know what to look for. And just in case, Melanie came back the next week to re-check all of our hair.
The peace of mind that she provides is worth every penny!