“A child in your student’s classroom was recently diagnosed with lice.” That’s the kind of school note that will send shudders through any parent. But it’s not unusual to get such news from the school, given that millions of children ages 3 to 12 years get lice every year. Yes, millions! Oh, and I’ve been there myself--twice in the past year, each time with all three of my kids being infested.
There’s a lot out in the media nowadays about how different shampoos made with olive oil or rosemary tea tree are effective in repelling lice. These claims have not been proven but are probably not harmful to try. These are desperate times as far as lice are concerned, and our tendency is to try a lot of remedies. Heat also kills lice but can potentially be harmful--I have seen scalps that were burned when parents used a hot hair dryer on their child’s scalp for too long.
Many people expect to just apply the medicated shampoo quickly, run the special comb through the child's hair, and be done with their lice problem--but it’s just not that simple. You'll get better results being patient, and devoting a whole lot of time to this misfortune. This whole experience certainly gave the term “nitpicking” new meaning to our family.