I have to admit that I was one of those naïve people who believed that lice only went on dirty hair. How wrong I was! It turns out that lice LOVE clean hair, which my children have plenty of because I bathe them daily. What was I thinking? So, my children, with their pretty head of hair became infected by the child of one of my colleagues, another Ph.D. Lice do not discriminate based on socioeconomic status, race, or gender. Darn!
I did everything you were supposed to do. We washed everything, vacuumed every day, removed every stuffed toy that was then washed or sprayed, and tackled the girls’ heads with gusto. So, here it goes:
RID—good luck with that one! We purchased three, and they never worked.
- NIX—I think the little suckers were laughing at me!
- Tea tree oil—I hated the smell, and it never did work. Back to the drawing board.
- Olive oil treatment and used Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb—pricey but well worth the cost when you are trying to get nits out of your child’s hair, but olive oil did not work. My girls’ hair, and no doubt the lice, looked fabulous after several treatments, so it was not a total loss!
- Smother the lice with Vaseline—I was desperate by then. It had been three weeks of failure, and I tried it! What could possibly go wrong? Well, no one tells you how to get the Vaseline out! I called a hairdresser who suggested that Baking Power and Dawn would do the trick. Whoever came up with this stupid idea should be tarred and feathered! After multiple washes, the Vaseline and the lice were still firmly anchored. I had to use LAVA soap to get their hair clean. And, still the lice persisted!
Three weeks, $300, and absolute failure, I scoured the Internet for a solution that did not require shaving the girls’ hair, though I was almost desperate enough to do it. However, it would have meant shaving my husband’s head and my own hair as well, since by then they had infected us as well!
- ClearLice! There, my friends, I found the miracle I was looking for! I cannot recommend this product to you enough. We were so desperate that on a wing and a prayer, I purchased the Head Lice Treatment Kit – Family Size, and had it overnighted to the tune of $250! You don’t need to do that by any stretch, but I become a drama queen when I get desperate.
It worked! All it took was one session of hair washing, spraying the house, and using it in the laundry. We had instant relief and were completely over it in a week, though in my deep paranoia I continued to do it for another week! The best part about it is that it is all natural! You don’t have to worry about exposing your children to nasty chemicals that do not work anyhow.
We have since moved to Florida, which according to our pediatrician has a serious problem with lice! It didn’t even faze me, despite my theatrical tendencies. I check their hair if I see them scratching their head and treat them with the Clear Lice Scalp Kit anytime I think I see a nit. It is very reasonably priced. Better safe than sorry, I always say!
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