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I hate lice.

Let me repeat: I HATE LICE.

No, no, no. IIIIIII HHHHHAAAAAATTTTTEEEEE LLLLIIIICCCCCEEEE

Especially since they refuse to die after spraying the tonic on Ophelia's hair.

I feel like a bad mommy. I know I shouldn't but I still do. :-(

Also, almost sure I have it too so I am mad spraying that tonic on me tonight as well.

AAAAGGRGGRGRGRHRHRHRHR

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 18 October 2009 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

omg i'm so sorry

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

God I hate lice too. Han seems to bring them home once a term.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 18 October 2009 18:45 (twelve years ago) link

There's only a handful things I was afraid of when I thought of having kids: potty training, lice and, well, pushing kid out of my vagina. (J/k about last actually)
LICE! It didn't help that my mom always had this "EW, this is for dirty people!"" attitude. That's my perception, I think, cause she found it VERY funny when I told her Ophelia and I had lice. "Congratulations! hahaha Now be sure to delice everyone!" I never had lice as a kid (lucky mom huh?).

Why the FUCK do they stay there when I sprayed the tonic on her head TWICE? My pharmacist gave something for the eggs cause she said that, despire the tonic's claim on the box, it does not kill the eggs. So maybe they sort of appeared after the tonic lost its effectiveness during the night? (EW, I know!)

There are little INSECTS living in my hair. I am so fucking tempted to do a Brit Brit and shave it all off.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

DO IT

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

ok no don't do it

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

i think you have to like actually COMB THROUGH the hair and pick them out after you shampoo. and are you treating all your linens and everything?

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

this isn't just a spray 'n go situation, my love

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:15 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah the eggs are real difficult to shift and there's no substitute that I'm aware of for a thorough combing.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

also Lice is not just for dirty people.

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:24 (twelve years ago) link

it's just for unlucky people

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:24 (twelve years ago) link

It's definitely for kids of school age.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

They prefer clean hair! (so we were always told)

This is why I'm glad to have boys -- can keep short hair til they're out of the lice danger age

Meg (Meg Busset), Sunday, 18 October 2009 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

Clean hair? Shit, so I should stop washing my hair so often. :-(

I've been combing like mad - something my pharmacist recommended. Haven't probably washed linens enough (I forgot the first night). :-( But I also used a balsem which untangles the hair and you can comb out the eggs quicker this way. I just have to persevere I guess. :-(

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:17 (twelve years ago) link

yes ma'am, i know you can do it. but the linens are VERY VERY important. it almost doesn't matter if you clean the hair, if you don't wash the linens.

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

and supposedly it's not just like the bed either, you have to be real aggressive (i think, i would do more research on this tho)

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:19 (twelve years ago) link

I think the clean hair thing is a myth, probably to make people feel better about getting headlice - I believe they don't have a preference, unless it's for people who don't bother getting rid of them.

Music should never have changed anymore after my mid 80s (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:19 (twelve years ago) link

actually i dunno, now i'm reading that they don't live for long when they're off the scalp, like no more than 48 hours. still...

surm, Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:25 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah my pharmacist didn't mention linens. She just kept banging on about combing the hair and at the end of the week washing the hair again.

LE SIGH
LE LICE

Nathalie (stevienixed), Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:50 (twelve years ago) link

Pillows, soft toys, towels, linens - all those things have to be treated. What you can wash, wash in hot water and dry on high heat. What you can't wash/dry, seal in plastic bags for 1 week - that gives any eggs time to hatch and die. You have to use a nit comb that has extra-fine teeth to comb out the eggs - they are cemented onto the hair.

Jaq, Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

Found some small lice. Very tiny. almost didn't notice but kept combing and found the evil things. Argh! Feel like a failure. Sprayed so those will die but the EGGS. urgh

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 24 October 2009 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

Don't feel like a failure. You're doing all the right things. When the Kiddo was kindergarten age, she brought home a raging case of head lice. God, it was wretched. She has (and had) very thick, very curly hair, and nothing seemed to work. Ultimately, we ended up with this homemade concoction her doctor made, involving (I don't remember exactly - something weird and awful like kerosene or creosote or tar or something.) Had to scrub it into the poor kid's hair, then (believe it or not) the WORST part was getting it out. I washed her head over and over and over with harsh laundry detergent.

It was awful. And yeah, I felt like a failure and a bad mom, too. Poor kid has a nickel-sized bare spot on her scalp to this day, and I feel a little bit guilty every time I catch a glimpse of it.

Bottom line, though: Lice happen. They happen to clean families and dirty families. They're not some moral judgment, however much it may seem like it. They're just bugs. Icky, nasty, horrible bugs, but just bugs.

Hang in there. This, too, shall pass.

Hey Jude, Saturday, 24 October 2009 19:26 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, and I second Jaq's advice. Wash everything. Everything.

Hey Jude, Saturday, 24 October 2009 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

it really will and it happens to evverrrybody. also just bc you found small eggs doesn't mean the problem is back 100%.

HUGS.

what color are my eyes jimmy? (surm), Saturday, 24 October 2009 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

wait til worms happen.

you can have this tapdance here for free (darraghmac), Sunday, 25 October 2009 02:06 (twelve years ago) link

How to spend £414 on getting rid of head lice.

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 25 October 2009 16:23 (twelve years ago) link

Our boy had it really bad when he was about 4 or 5, really bad. And it took a lot of patience and combing from Mrs.T to rid him of the bastids. We did virtually shave his head (a no.1 skinhead cut anyway) which made it easier to see the blighters. He loved his (virtually) bald pate but later reacted vs.it (see picture thread for info). There's just no easy solution, at least not one that works for everyone.

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 25 October 2009 16:30 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, and I second Jaq's advice. Wash everything. Everything.

Apparently it's not necessary. I change clothes every day (and they do get washed).

Yesterday I found a small one. So that's not as bad as an adult lice as the tiny ones can't lay eggs (yet. -> Proof I'm rapidly becoming an expest on the bastards.

I'll go to the pharmacy to get my hair checked again. (Husband has major visual handicap, so he can't see and is thus pretty relaxed about it. har).

What I did wrong was the haircondictionar method. Basically you use tons of that shit and not wash it out: you comb the lice, eggs and conditioner out. Then and only then you wash the hair. And comb again.

LE FUCKING SIGH.

The only funny thing: Ophelia keeps saying she has MICE in her hair. If only! Would be tons easier. ;-)

Nathalie (stevienixed), Monday, 26 October 2009 12:42 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Ugh -- daughter was just sent home from school with them. THis weekend is going to suck.

Alex in NYC, Friday, 4 December 2009 16:33 (twelve years ago) link

Hah! After all's said and done, I realize it ain't such a big deal. Saying this cause the lice have gone away. As soon as they reappear, I'm gonna go mental again. hah My husband went bananas cause I was constantly hovering around O's head all the time.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 5 December 2009 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

They suck badly but kids at a certain age just seem to pick them up on the regular, basically cos there must be some parents out there who don't give a fuck

SBanned of Brothers (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 5 December 2009 16:06 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, friend of mine works in this centre for abused/mentally handicapped kids. Apparently some kids have it the whole flipping year cause the parents don't give a shit! (This isn't as bad as the abuse she told me about: some kids are physically behind because of the abuse. How sad is that? And also the mental abuse which fucks'em up just as badly. I... words fail me.)

wait til worms happen.

LOL. Rereading the thread, I realize I didn't notice this line... and it did happen! Like a week after the lice. Worms are just god damn awful. Make lice appear like a trivial thing.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 5 December 2009 16:09 (twelve years ago) link


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