If you follow The Golden Gleam's Facebook page, you already know we have had lice in our family. The only fact that I can honestly verify is that lice suck in more ways than one.
But since my faithful readers deserve more, I am sharing these five facts about lice I have learned from being deep in the trenches with these blood thirsty parasites.
Facts About Lice
Tree Hugging Earth Mama will embrace waste, excessive consumption, and toxic chemicals.
Yup, I won't use pesticides on my grass, yet I shampooed my children's scalps with lice killing shampoo. All brushes and hair accessories were thrown in the garbage can. And clothing, bedding, and linens are only used once consequently wasting enough water to fill a small lake with all the washing machine water.
Daily combing of hair is a strenuous exercise routine.
Thankfully, I only had one child with a bad case of lice. Not so thankfully, she had a very bad case of it. For a week, I was combing her hair for a total of two hours a day.
I have a new found appreciation for hair stylists. Each night my body ached when I went to bed.
Slick and greasy will be the new hairstyle in the home.
Conventional thought is that lice love clean hair. So no more washing hair at every bath. Olive oil with a couple of drops of tea tree oil is applied daily to hair.
While the oil makes my kids' thick, beautiful hair even more luscious, it makes my thin hair look dirty. Yup, I have been subjecting myself to the school pick up line looking like I haven't showered in two weeks.
Crazy, rash decisions will be made.
I chopped off my younger girls' hair. After almost an entire week of still finding lots of live lice in one daughter's hair during combing, I felt defeated.
I grabbed the scissors and cut their shoulder length hair to their ears. Oddly enough, the lice situation improved dramatically after I cut their hair. Maybe it wasn't so crazy after all.
Finding bugs in your child's hair stops being disgusting.
When I first found live lice in my daughter's hair, I was revolted and felt like I was the worst mother in the world.
After awhile the feeling changed, I began to feel like a victorious slayer of the evil creatures each time I washed them down the drain with hot water.
I came up with silly little couplets like "If you bite my daughters head, you will be dead."
Since I was too tired from dealing with lice to do a very good job of mothering, I still felt like a pretty crappy mother.
So, that's the down and dirty, honest and a little bit funny truth about lice.
I hope you never have to deal with it in your family. If you have had lice, what facts can you share about lice?
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