Lice Lessons

November 24th, 2015

Lice Lessons

Catching lice when I was a kid was pretty much inevitable. It also meant, to my horror, that I would have to cut my beautiful long hair short, and undergo the torture of having my head sprayed with WD-40, my grandmother’s foolproof method of getting rid of lice. Here are some tips for any poor soul afflicted with these nasty pests:

While they are small, you can see live with the naked eye. They are about the size of a sesame seed. Crowded places like schools are a hotbed for lice. Children are much more inclined to get lice in places like school, camp, sports outing, and sleepovers where more head to head contact occurs. You’re also much less likely to catch them from adults, probably because we don’t practice as much head to head contact. Getting lice has absolutely nothing to do with someone not washing enough. Lice are equal opportunity bugs simply looking for a nice warm place to nest where they can also feed on warm blood. Lastly, you don’t need to panic if your child gets them. They are annoying and itchy, but it doesn’t mean the end of the world is coming. Just get some medicated shampoo and combs, and you should be fine.

Have you or your children ever gotten lice?

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