I, like many other moms and dads out there, thought that I had done a pretty good job about teaching my kids to avoid sharing hairbrushes so that they wouldn’t get head lice. Never had the reality of the situation occurred to me that this is merely one small piece of the head lice puzzle.
I have three kids, all active in sports and school activities. My oldest is a high school cheerleader. She spends a lot of time with her squad practicing, riding on long bus trips, and even spending the night together after football games having pizza and watching movies. She loves it. I love watching her blossom and grow from it.
Before one game she sat down on the ground in front of me and I started to french braid her hair. I noticed a few white specks that I peeled off and kinda just brushed to the side. No big deal, it was probably hairspray residue or dry scalp. We went on with life and I didn’t give it a second thought.
Little did I know that two weeks later I would go to help her with her hair again and find several white specks, except this time there was a lot more and they were clearly something to be alarmed about. I dug through her thick, long hair and inspected her scalp. She had head lice! My initial response was honestly anger. I did not have time to deal with this! How did this happen? Where did she get it from?
After we washed her hair with some lice shampoo, combed through it a few hundred times and washed everything in super hot water….I felt pretty good about the situation. I didn’t think any of my other children had gotten it and it actually wasn’t that big of a deal in the end.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. My first mistake was not thoroughly checking my other children for the weeks following. My other daughter also had head lice. They share a bedroom and a bathroom and she had gotten it from her sister. Not only that, but my favorite little cheerleader had a full-blown case of head lice again just a few weeks later! I was blown away by this.
I pride myself on being a clean person. In my mind, I had gone above and beyond in cleaning beddings, towels, clothing, etc. I didn’t understand how the problem had returned.
At this point, I finally confided in another mother from the cheer squad. She told me that several of the girls had contracted head lice. Ah…that makes sense. Now at least I knew the source of the problem. Next, she told me about Lice Clinics of America. They had educated her and helped her to actually get rid of the head lice, not just wash a few of them down the drain. I was grateful for the help and kicking myself at the same time that I hadn’t sought out some professional help sooner.
Ultimately, Lice Clinics of America solved our head lice problem. I was relieved and so grateful for their knowledge. The head lice game has changed a lot since I was a kid. Over the counter shampoos just aren’t working anymore and the word is not getting out like it should. I hope more parents read this and understand the first step they should take is seeking out professional advice! Take my word for it.