So today I am going to take a few minutes to tackle a nit-picky problem that has crept into our lives....LICE! Our family has been infiltrated for the first time. I know that there are a lot of social stigmas in the world today about LICE and I for one am not someone who lives her life dictated by such things and so the reactions of children took me by surprise. But let's start at the beginning.
"What did you do on the way home from school, baby, get in a fight with a squirrel? It looks like a bird nested on top of your head! You okay?"
"Yeah" she replies, "My head has just been really itchy today!"
"Ahhh CRAP!" I blurt out. That is my version of a bad word so all movement in my house came to screeching halt and every little eye was glued on me.
Picky Picky: All Natural & Pesticide Free Head Lice Removal
Happy Heads - Natural and Non-toxic Lice Removal Products
State of Washington: Infectious Disease Control Guide for School Staff
Head Lice (Pediculosis humanus capitis): pg. 75 / PDF pg. 82
School Staff/Nurse Responsibility
Immediate or long-term exclusion is no longer recommended. Students with
live head lice can remain in class and go home at the end of the school day, be
treated, and return to school after the appropriate treatment has begun. Students
can return to school with nits following treatment. Nits may persist after initial
treatment, therefore, students with nits should be allowed back in school the next
day. Successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
*** I understand that people want privacy so that children are not bullied, but I would have LOVED a note from the school saying please be on the look out for lice for the next two weeks because a child in your child's class was found to have some!
CDC Head Lice: Common Q&A
Tips & Tricks to Prevention and Cleaning
Baby Barbie Lice Attack: A really funny game that my girls played on the computer