1st Grader Finds Head Lice

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1st Grader Finds Head Lice

Paige combing out her brother, she is smart and wore a cap!

Paige combing out her brother, she is smart and wore a cap!

How did this happen?  Don’t they hear me preaching about prevention ALL THE TIME????? Yes, that’s right folks, my kids have head lice and I am not pleased.

The story goes like this…the kids have a day off school (who gives a Tuesday off school anyway?), but I still have to fight lice, so they come to work with me.  My youngest firmly believes she is already an adult and keeps asking to help me, to which I tell her I am working and she needs to find something else to do.  I am finally done treating a very sweet family and Paige becomes adamant that she uses my equipment to do a head check.  Her sweet brother agrees to be her guinea pig while I clean before the next treatment.  I can’t believe what I hear come out of my daughters mouth next…”Mom, I found a bug!”.  WTF????

I always joke about the irony if one of my kids got lice…I literally talk about head lice prevention every single day…at work, the grocery store, to friends, and of course my own kids. I guess I know how well my kids listen…not at all. We traced the source to an overnight school trip where all the kids shared helmets on a ropes course and what could my teenager do… she “had to share the helmet or she would be the only one not participating”. So I am guilty of not practicing what I preach because she infected her brother also.  Thankfully the treatments take only an hour and they are officially head lice free quickly, which is a stark comparison to the weeks of combing after our last infestation a few years ago. I can officially say I personally love this business 🙂

Back to weakly head checks for my family. I admit I got lazy and stopped checking them every Sunday evening, but if I had, I would have caught this infestation quickly and avoided multiple treatments and the shame of now telling everyone that the Lice Girl’s kids have head lice…YUCK!


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Trish Bittman Guest Post – Even hot bloggers get head lice!

582335_10151361560968341_337545763_nThis past school year has been absolutely lousy (you see what I did there?)!

Each one of my three daughters had lice. Each one of their schools sent an email to all the parents notifying us that a student had been found to have head lice at least five times this year. It went through their classrooms, softball teams and Girl Scout troops. (I swear girls hug each other and get head-to-head way too much).

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How will I survive summer and head lice?

lord of fliesOk, I know I should be excited about summer approaching so quickly, hot weather and summer vacations, but the reality is…I’m terrified! I received a very upbeat email from my kids’ school  saying “only 12 days left of school!”…WTF…that can’t be…that must be a typo of epic proportions…I…can’t…breathe.

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Warm Weather = More Head Lice

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Camp is the #1 place to catch head lice this summer

Along with all that Vitamin D in the sunny months we are oh so lucky to see an increase in head lice. Head lice prefer temperatures close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why it is so common to bring home head lice from your sunny vacations. Lice Girls has seen a huge spike in business in the weeks post-spring break.

This means summer months in our sunny (we hope) Pacific Northwest will create a perfect environment for lice outbreaks. The hotter its gets, the more active head lice become. This means a female louse lays more eggs and they hatch faster, leading to more severe infestations.

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The Lice Girl gets lice, seriously!

Lice Girls giving and receiving a treatment.

Lice Girls giving and receiving a treatment.

Well, it finally happened, this Lice Girl got lice.  So, I had been itching like crazy for four days. Sarah and I had barely crossed paths and I kept forgetting to have her check me. Then this morning I woke up and my neck was itching like crazy and sure enough I look into the mirror at home and I have the dreaded neck rash that happens when you have lice!! OH S#$!, no way….

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