Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ha! Ha! This is disgusting.

So, remember how we were having some problems with lice a while ago? And got rid of them?

They came back five weeks or so later. And we got rid of them again. And they've come back again.
We are constantly getting notes home from both girls' schools about this, somebody keeps reinfecting everyone else and it's extremely frustrating. So the other day I went to Boots to see what new anti-lice products might be available.

And I bought The Nitty Gritty Nit Free Comb.

If you have school-age kids, you need to buy this. I'm not sure how available it is in the US; you should pay extra for shipping. Or have it sent to me and I'll mail it to you. I'm not joking. The thing is amazing. AMAZING. Both girls were barely scratching when we caught on (one little scratch is all it takes around here these days for us to swoop down and start applying lotions) but I dragged freaking armies of lice off them. AND it actually moves more easily through their hair, which means less crying.

I also bought a lice repellent spray, we'll see how that works. But seriously. Get the comb. You need it just in case. I ran our old comb through their hair and got like one or two nits. The new one on the same lock of hair grabbed a couple of dozen. Disgusting, but fascinating too.

It's a little pricey--£10 is a little over $20--but when you consider how much you'd spend on shampoos ans treatments and stuff...just get the comb. My girls' hair is CLEAN, without chemicals.


Demon Hunter said...

You're right, that is gross, but apparently necessary.

Hey, haven't seen you on the blog in a while. I take it that you don't care for poetry much? ;*)

Anonymous said...

It is an on-going battle when you have kids in public schools. I'm glad those days were over for us long ago. -V95

Stacia said...

Yep, gross but necessary.

No, sorry. I've come by to look, and think the posts are interesting, but poetry just isn't my thing.

You know, V95, I only remember having a "lice note" sent home once when I was in school? And I never had them. But it seems like it's a lot more common than that now.

Robyn said...

My kids went through that crap for 3 months straight. A good combing did more than all those nasty shampoos. Wish I'd had your wonder comb, though!

Sarai said...

Well here is an idea that my mom used on me to prevent lice. A dime size drop of baby oil applied to the root of the hair and worked into it.
Lice like clean not oily so it works. She learned this from another mother at the PTA and I never caught lice again. Cheap and easy my friend uses it on her daughter and (knock on wood) she has never caught lice.
Just a tip!

December/Stacia said...

It truly is a wonder comb, Robyn. I was so excited about it I took it into Faerie's school this morning so they could recommend it to all the other parents. :-)

Oh, that's a good idea Gabriele! If the lice repellent doesn't work I'll try that, thanks!

McKoala said...

It's interesting to read this. I never had lice as a kid but they are really common here. I thought it might be the heat.

A friend of mine swears by spraying her daughter's hair with a solution of one tenth vinegar and the rest water. Her daughter has waist-length blonde hair and she's never had lice.

December/Stacia said...

Oooh, another good idea! Princess' hair is close to waist-length--we trimmed about four or five inches off last month.