Well, it’s that time of year again when kids come home with the dreaded notice in their backpack that states, “Your child has been exposed to lice.” UGH! NOOOO!! I know this is exactly how I felt last year when this note came home in my daughter’s backpack. She was in first grade then and it was the first time I had seen this type of note. Can you say GROSS??!!??
Lice happens and it can happen to the cleanest of us! In fact, lice love clean hair. Last October, shortly after this note came home, my two kids and I were having dinner. My son kept itching his head. I started staring at his hair and you guessed it… I saw little, white particles in his hair. As I examined more closely, I realized those particles were nits, or lice eggs. I was so disgusted and upset! I knew lice was common but I kept my kids clean! Well, that was part of the problem.
I quickly checked my daughter’s hair/head and thankfully, she did not have lice. I then checked my hair/head and was completely grossed out to find out I had it. I immediately called my husband at work. I was panicked! I told him he had to get home right away to help me with this epidemic (well, that’s how I felt)!
I threw the kids in the car and we drove right to the drug store. I did not want to succumb to buying the nasty, harsh, chemical-filled lice kit but since it was already 6pm, I did not have a lot of options. Plus, I did not know any natural ways to get rid of lice at the time and did not have the time or patience right then to research it.
We bought the lice kit and comb and drove home. My hubby got home and started stripping the beds while I got my kids into the bath to put the lice shampoo in their hair.
What a disaster! I truly felt so out of control and helpless in this situation. We had to comb and comb and comb through our hair with the nit comb to get the nits out. We did that the initial day of discovery and then for three or four more days following, until we did not find even one little nit.
My daughter never did get lice. The louse (adult lice) must have come home on her back pack, coat or sweater. My son and I got it and we both have very curly hair. What a nightmare!
We cleaned the sheets every single day for days along with putting all of the stuffed animals in a bag for three weeks. We cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. We felt like we lived in the Twilight Zone during all of this. I felt like we were living a nightmare. We had to go and clean my son’s preschool, as well, since he had lice. I felt dirty and gross and was so embarrassed.
I ended up going to the health food store to find out what I could use as a preventative for lice. I wanted to be armed and ready for the next outbreak! The lice spray was completely out of stock. The lady at the store told me that lice was really bad this time (this was last October). She did suggest that I start using Tea Tree oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia, in our shampoo as a preventative. She said lice do not like Tea Tree oil.
I bought a bottle of Tea Tree oil and started using it right away. We put shampoo in our hand and 2 – 3 drops of Tea Tree oil in the shampoo. Rub it together and apply to hair. I let it sit on our hair for a minute before rinsing. Be very careful when rinsing it out, though, because it will burn your eyes.
There is another lice outbreak at my daughter’s school this year. So far, we have not gotten lice. We have been adamant about using Tea Tree oil every time we wash our hair. We don’t wash our hair often since lice hate dirty hair. The good thing is that none of us has greasy hair so we can get away with only washing it a couple times a week.
I also put 10 – 15 drops of Tea Tree oil in a spray bottle with water and we spray our kids’ hair, backpacks, lunch box, coats, sweaters, etc. before they go to school.
I hope this helps you!
It’s all about the journey…