Ewwww! Seriously, this is just gross but it’s best to be prepared.
Thankfully my kids haven’t had lice (fingers crossed they don’t) but I did when I was 10 and I remember it vividly. My head felt like it was literally crawling and I would scratch at school with a pencil, trying not to draw attention to myself.
Sponsored post in collaboration with KYOTCs. Lice story is my own, ha!
When my mother discovered that I did indeed have lice, my Oma had my brother and I dunk (yes, dunk!) our heads into a sink full of vinegar everyday for a week. She said that would kill them off — then my mother would use a small comb to get them out. After that, they cut my hair in feathered layers — yeah, not my best look.
What is lice?
Head lice are tiny insects, about the size of a sesame seed (2–3 mm long). Their bodies are usually pale and gray. Head lice feed on tiny amounts of blood from the scalp and if they are not on a person’s scalp, they can usually only survive about a day. They lay their eggs close to the scalp. Head lice live about 28 days. They can multiply quickly, laying up to 10 eggs a day. It only takes about 12 days for newly hatched eggs to reach adulthood.
However, now that you know the nasty details, you can be on the lookout. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to daycare, both breeding grounds for those nasty piojos. It’s not about dirty, it just happens. Here are a few things to look out for, facts and what you can do to kill them off fast and safe:
- First and foremost, channel your inner RAMBO. Have no fear you will KILL every single one of them.
- Don’t DIY it with vinegar like they did with me. The FDA has approved over-the-counter lice products as safe and effective when used according to the Drug Facts label instructions.
- Don’t panic, you didn’t do anything wrong! Lice is considered most common among pre-school to elementary aged kids. In fact according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are about 6-12 million cases of head lice each year in this country.
- Act fast! If head lice isn’t treated right away their cycle can repeat itself every 3 weeks.
You will get through this — get your war paint on and really find your inner RAMBO MOM. Read the information provided and all will go back to normal without having to give your kids a terrible haircut or put them in quarantine.
See KYOTCs for medicine information and proper usage then pour yourself a big glass of wine.