My head has been itching a lot and I’m starting to worry I have lice. There was one class at my kids’ school that had lice recently and I heard they were checking kids at school so now I’m paranoid. (I think my problem is just dry skin but …)
Thank goodness, so far, knock on wood, my kids have never come home with lice. My girlfriend’s school has had multiple cases year after year and her kids have repeatedly picked it up. It is such a nightmare to deal with washing everything in the house and picking through long hair. She’s finally found the treatment that works best for her kids. She kept having to retreat.
I did have lice once when I was a kid, and I just remember the stuff smelling awful and my mom yanking on my head combing it out. (My curly hair doesn’t comb well.)
The new twist on lice is I am hearing more and more about professional services that will come to your house to do the dirty work for you. I found multiple companies in Atlanta with a quick click of the mouse. Although none seemed to list their prices that I could find.
One article from The Detroit Free Press listed some prices as $95 for a traditional treatment with a manual combing. However there is a new non-chemical product just approved by the FDA called the LouseBuster, It is a vacuum-like machine that shoots hot, dry air onto the scalp, which kills the lice and eggs. That treatment was $145 — which is pricey but that does sound easier.
My girlfriend told me about one company where you drop off your kid and then you go home and wash everything while they treat the kid. So it’s all done at once and no chance for re-infection. Most of the companies I saw online come to you. Here were a few I saw:
“Head lice are not known to transmit any disease and therefore are not considered a health hazard.
Head lice infestations can be asymptomatic, particularly with a first infestation or when an infestation is light. Itching (”pruritus”) is the most common symptom of head lice infestation and is caused by an allergic reaction to louse bites. It may take 4-6 weeks for itching to appear the first time a person has head lice.
Other symptoms may include:
(Total side note: When I used to be the editor for News for Kids at the AJC we did a story on head lice and one of the fantastic artists created a drawing of lice having a party in a kid’s head. They had party hats and a kick line. Just having a big time. I saved the original artwork and framed it when I had Rose. So Rose has a drawing of a lice party in her room.)
Have your kids ever brought lice home from school? Did you treat yourself or have a professional do it? What are your best tips for treating at home? If you used a professional what did you think? How much would you be willing to pay for someone to treat the lice for you?