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While we wait out our bout with Chicken Pox, and pause to see if siblings and dear small friends drop like flies, I’d like to turn the attention elsewhere.
As I mentioned, a friend was also dealing with the dreaded issue of lice. Which I gather carries quite a stigma. But it is very common. Among children. Who think nothing of sharing hair brushes, hats, and even gum. But that’s a whole other issue.
When I was in school, at the time the dinosaurs roamed the earth, I never heard of anyone contracting Lice. Probably because no one talked about it and at that time, if you were found to have Lice, you had to miss a week of school.
Had I known about this ailment and the outcome, I would have sought it out.
Nowadays, I understand that children don’t have to miss school. Making Chicken Pox the more desirable disease, as one must be quarantined. Which explains the new tic I’ve acquired.
Anyhoo. My friend has been sharing with me a little of what she has to go through to rid her child of Lice. And I thought I’d share. Because I’m fascinated by the whole process. Not enough to want to experience it, but still.
It seems that her pediatrician’s office prefers a natural method of Lice removal. And it is as follows:
1. Apply Cetaphil Gentle Soap (not the face soap, but the one that’s made for the entire body) to the hair, as you would if you were applying a dye. For example, run a part at one inch intervals, saturating the scalp, and on through to the ends. Then you must use the high heat setting on the blow dryer and thoroughly dry the hair.
2. The hair will be nice and crispy at this point. Wherein you just go to bed. As it must stay on for 8 hours.
3. In the morning wash the hair. And then apply a vinegar rinse of about 1 cup of white vinegar to a pitcher of water. Taking care not to let it get into the child’s eyes, as it will sting.
4. After this step, you need to remove the nits with a special comb for such a purpose. I understand that CVS carries this for around $10. Seat the child under a bright light, and comb through a section at a time, rinsing the comb as you go.
The whole process is time consuming, but it will save having to use a product with chemicals. Which I understand that the Lice of today are developing an immunity to. Lousy lice.
I hope you never have to deal with this issue, but if you do, now you know what steps to take. And let’s hope I never have to speak of this again. As just thinking about it makes me want to scratch. Scratch like mad.
Or shave my head.
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Update: Took Junior to the doctor. HE DOES NOT HAVE CHICKEN POX. WOOHOO. Will explain tomorrow. 🙂