So; our van was all packed up and we were ready to leave on
our big trip early in the morning. We wanted to be in Oxford, OH around lunch
As the boys were going to sleep and Courtney and I were packing up the
last, I noticed that they were itching their heads in their sleep – a lot. I
realized later that I had noticed them itching before, but with all the
mosquitoes, I figured they had been bit.
On a hunch, I walked over
to the bed and checked August’s hair. Oh. My. God. He had lice! We were about
to leave in the morning to drive for 4 days, stay with friends (the first
night) and our children had lice!
Courtney ran over to the drugstore and bought
all the strongest products he could find, and I – I woke up the boys and
started combing. It was 4 am on the night before our big road trip, and we were
awake, treating our boys for lice. I treated myself as well, just to be safe. Abraham
practically slept through the whole thing, and the boys got through it because
they knew they could sleep in the car the next day. Courtney and I got through
it because we can’t stand lice. When we were finished, there were no live lice
left, although probably a few nits. We warned our friends who made sure to wash
all our bedding well after we left.
When we got to Atlanta we combed through
everyone’s heads and found some nits and a couple of more lice – tiny and newly
hatched - and went through a second treatment.
A week and a half later,
Courtney went through his hair and found a whole bunch, so we treated everyone
Every treatment involved me washing all our sheets, bedding, and
spraying anything that didn’t fit in the washer with anti-lice spray, and
combing – lots and lots of combing.
Then yesterday we went through everyone’s
hair again, and guess what? There were a couple of newly hatched lice in
everyone’s hair, including my own! Aaahh!! We’ve probably spent well over $300
on lice treatment products and followed the instructions to the point, but
still there are lice?! I’m starting to think that the lice shampoo and the crème
treatment are just very expensive bad hair products! So this time, we did it
the old fashioned way – the way we got rid of lice the one time we had it
before, in Cairo, where we didn’t have access to fancy lice treatments: the
helmet. You cover your entire hair in conditioner, like a helmet, and leave it
on for 3-4 hours, preferably until it almost dries, and then you comb it out.
The lice and nits are stuck in the conditioner.
This really should be it. If we
go through everyone’s hair in a couple of days and still find lice, I’m buying
a hair straightener to use on everyone. Surely the lice will not be able to
withstand such heat?
Can you believe this?! What’s your secret recipe? Brush cuts
are not an option.