When I got the call a couple of weeks ago that lice were crawling through my kid’s classroom, I started frantically scratching my head even before my son got home. When he walked through the door, I investigated his scalp like a nit detective — nothing. But I wasn’t ready to breathe easy just yet. I handed him the magnifying glass (OK, metal comb from my grandma’s house) and told him to check my head.
“YUP!,” he pronounced definitively. “You’ve got it!”
“WHAT?!” I was shrieking, already as close to the mirror as I could get, squinting at each strand. I wasn’t convinced, but we raced off to the store — and to Facebook, where I asked parents to make my de-lousing shopping list for me.
It turns out my scalp was just a bit flaky after a few days of not shampooing. The funny part of that not-so funny freak-out? My unclean head could have been what kept the lice I was convinced I had away. I stocked up on products, treatments, kits and wisdom anyway, thanks to the advice of many parents who’ve been through infestations in their own homes, on their own heads and with their own offspring.
Here’s their wisdom about how to handle and prevent lice.
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