What has been seen, can never been unseen…28 April , 2013
A few weeks ago Nicola’s school sent a letter saying everyone should check their youngsters for head lice and treat if necessary. We’ve seen letters like this before but we’ve never had a problem before. No biggie… (Ha! If I only knew).
I checked and found nothing as usual. I suspected that the detangle spray might be putting them off and just to be on the safe side I chucked some tea tree oil in the bottle for good measure. I checked in with the teacher and she assured me that she also hasn’t seen any lice activity on my child but that they did have at least one kid in the class with critters.
Well…let me share some theories with you:
– While it may or may not be true that tea tree oil could keep lice away if you start out with an uninfected head, when I sprayed that stuff on Nicola’s hair all I did was PISS OFF a previously unnoticed and peaceful stealthy colony of them.
The scratching started…at first I thought she might be allergic to the oil and it was irrirating her scalp perhaps (mwahaha…so innocent…so naive!). The scratching picked up the point where she teased her hair into something resembling candy floss texture even after I rather hopefully chucked out the modified detangle spray.
Big surprise…I spent most of yesterday afternoon combing treatment through both of our heads of hair (bottle recommend 5 minutes but we went for an hour just to be safe). The whole house smells of bloody tea tree oil now.
Combing and combing and combing and combing and combing…boiling hair brushes, clips and elastics…combing and combing and combing…disinfecting bedding and washing and washing and washing…and combing and combing and combing.
AND WE’RE STILL F-ING ITCHING TODAY! So we’ll keep going at this until that stops.
This is really un-fun. My deepest sympathies to anyone who goes through this on a regular basis. I have been quite traumatised by the whole experience and hope to never see another lice again.
Now you’ll have to excuse me because Dischem opens at 9:00 and I’m going to see if I can negotiate bulk discount on more treatment for us.