Friday, August 22, 2008

Lice Outbreak!


Ewww....I know. On Wednesday of this week 19 kids got sent home from Anna's school with head lice. That didn't include the 8 kids in our neighborhood who didn't go to school that day for the same reason. I can only imagine that that number has gone up considerably. We don't have it yet...but Anna's close friends do and so I'm sure it's just a matter of time. I kept Anna home from school yesterday...just because I'm so afraid of getting the bug. I have since done some research and have learned a few tricks to keeping her clear. 1. Apparently Lice do not like Tea tree oil. It's sort of a repellent. I purchased some organic tea tree shampoo and conditioner and all of us girls will be using it on a daily basis for the next few months. I'm also considering buying some tea tree essential oil to swab behind their ears and nape of neck. 2. I also heard that lice have a harder time penetrating hair that has a lot of product in it. So this morning for school I got Anna's hair wet, slicked it back into two buns and saturated her hair with hairspray! She may as well be wearing a helmet...it was definitely hard. 3. I gave her a thorough chat about not sharing hats, brushes, hair things, backpacks or being too close to someone's head. Hopefully we'll be able to get through this alive. I'm looking for any other tips to help keep us free and clear of any lice...anyone hear of anything else?

5 comments:

Leah said...

Oh man, that SUCKS! My sisters and I all got it at Girls Camp, it was the worst. I REALLY hope you guys dont get it.

The Bishop Family said...

Oh boy, I remember the head lice days. Vicki and I had it twice, my poor mom, had to do treatment to both of us, with our long long hair.

Beardall Family said...

EEWW!EEWW!EEWW! Is this what I have to look forward to w/ kids? I'm not so sure I could handle the lice bug. Fingers crossed for you.

Staci said...

That's one of those things I would completely obsess and get sickened by (which I am sure you are). Hopefully the lice skips all of your heads and bugs somebody else.

Nicole Barona said...

EW!!! YUCK!!! GROSS!!!! I'm so glad you are on top of it. Great idea slicking Anna's hair with all the hairspray. She looks cute!