The dreaded L-word

My darling husband had just whisked me off to Vancouver for a fabulous kid free weekend (Happy 40th Birthday to me) in Vancouver. It was fun and relaxing and by the time we were headed home, we were ready to be home.

The kids were excited to see us when we got back, although they did enjoy every moment with their grandparents. Then at bedtime as I was reading to my little princess, I saw something horrifying…

After a grand total of 5 years of close, every day exposure to a gaggle of other kids (daycare and school), we have finally been hit with the dreaded head bug infestation, commonly known as lice. Can I just pause to say that everything itches right now. I’m pretty sure we caught it early on because so far I’ve only found 7 live ones and about 20 eggs. Based on some of the awful stories I’ve heard the past few days from my fellow parents who’ve been where we are, that’s not a lot.

So, for the past few days I have done nothing but laundry, vacuum, nit pick, and repeat. So far we are fortunate enough to have the infestation limited to one child and myself. Did I say fortunate?! I didn’t actually mean fortunate. Fortunate would be if we never had to deal with lice. Ever.

The newly revised bedtime routine is now, get in pajamas, brush teeth, get nits picked while watching TV, then off to bed for a story. Fun times!

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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20 Responses to The dreaded L-word

  1. Meg C. DeBoe says:

    Gross. Now my head itches. Just got a notice from school today that lice are in my daughter’s classroom – Yuck!!

  2. rossmurray1 says:

    Been there. Daughter came home from a birthday with more than party favours.

  3. You make me happy to be bald.

  4. I am sooooo sorry! We had it 3 times when my kid was in first grade! Not to mention I got it, my husband got it and my 3 yr old son! We shave his head. Every time I look at pics from that year, I just shake my head and say look at the lice haircuts we all had. The stuff at Walmart fried my baby girls hair…we cut off 6 inches! The only thing that worked was called Lice Ice ( local pharmacy carried it). That and picking all those dang nits! Hope this helps…I feel like an expert now! I guess I could always hop a flight and help a sista out! LOL

  5. elainecanham says:

    I think I tried everything going, including a bottle of what appeared to be agent orange (they tell you to wear gloves and a mask to put his stuff on your kid’s head??????? What is that all about? So, ok I chickened out of using that) and an electric comb (yes, really), but the best thing I found, which worked absolutely brilliantly, was a cheap plastic nit comb (not one of those stupid metal ones, with really wide apart teeth) and about three gallons of conditioner. There is nothing more effective. Or cheaper. Or better for your kids’ hair. There, my good deed for the day!

  6. Tempest Rose says:

    Good luck! I had it twice as a kid.

  7. MeglyMc says:

    Between childhood and teaching, I’ve had it five times. FIVE. TIMES. The fact that I don’t use any product or heating elements in my hair makes me a dream for them, and the fact that my hair is very long, and I hug kids a lot…not a great combo. Now, I use this naturopathic preventative stuff that apparently repels them. No idea if it’s hokum, but I know, thus far…haven’t gotten them a sixth time. (PS…I am SOOOO sorry…if it makes you feel better, they prefer clean heads, so if speaks to your cleanliness.)

  8. Oh good Lord I feel for you! I live in fear that I will open my child’s backpack and see one of “those” notices from school! Good luck!

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