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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

EWWWWWWWW!!

I've kind of always viewed head lice as a right of passage for kids. Everyone educated in the US Public school system can remember being taken as a class to the nurse to have her go through your hair with a tongue depressor thingey looking for the tell-tale knits. But apparently the head lice have gone rogue and are now resistant to 80% of over-the-counter remedies.

Warning: Actually going to the link and reading the article might make you all itchy. That's how I feel, at least.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never was checked for nor had head lice as a child. My kids never had it until we moved to the county we live in now...but it's epidemic in FL these days. Anyway--they are resistant but the children are not. It can cause severe, permanant damage to use the "medicated shampoos" aka pesticides on your children. In fact, you may as well spray raid on their heads--same ingredients. Prescription meds are worse.

The option? Go natural. There is a wonderful products called Quantum Hair Clean 1-2-3.. it's a miracle product!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Anyhoo. We don't tend to use any of the shop brought stuff now because we're relatively clean of the little beggars and have been for a while, but a good preventative measure that my mum uses and I should be (and hearing this piece of news I think I will) to help guard against them is good old fashioned vinegar.

Really. They can't stand it. It doesn't kill them, I don't think. They just hate it.

Directions for use: choose an evening of the week, douse hair liberally with vinegar, silence anybody complaining about the smell with a look of death and then leave in the vinegar all night.

Next morning rinse it out and shampoo/soap (etc) your hair as you normally would and then carefully comb through with a detector comb just in case.

Do this at least once a week, and check through your hair if you work with or have small children (or both) at least twice a week.

That, seriously, is the best thing you can do, and it doesn't involve using the chemicals.

Hi NINY: finally added you.

Hope you got my email.

xxx

9:24 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

It would help if the first part of my comment was added.

Try again:

EIGHTY PERCENT?!?

ARRRRGGGGHHH!

No, really, my mother is a primary school teacher:

ARRRRGGGGHHH!

Anyhoo. We don't tend to use any of the shop brought stuff now because we're relatively clean of the little beggars and have been for a while, but a good preventative measure that my mum uses and I should be (and hearing this piece of news I think I will) to help guard against them is good old fashioned vinegar.

Really. They can't stand it. It doesn't kill them, I don't think. They just hate it.

Directions for use: choose an evening of the week, douse hair liberally with vinegar, silence anybody complaining about the smell with a look of death and then leave in the vinegar all night.

Next morning rinse it out and shampoo/soap (etc) your hair as you normally would and then carefully comb through with a detector comb just in case.

Do this at least once a week, and check through your hair if you work with or have small children (or both) at least twice a week.

That, seriously, is the best thing you can do, and it doesn't involve using the chemicals.

Hi NINY: finally added you.

Hope you got my email.

xxx


Sorry about that.

Embarrrassing...

9:27 AM  
Blogger pinknest said...

HORRID!!!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

Alice is a great believer in the vinegar approach. My dil swore by mayonnaise.

Nice to meet you.

Ann aka granny

10:34 PM  
Blogger Library Lady said...

I just got a letter last night from the school nurse that they are checking my 2nd grader's class--someone has lice. JR has never had it, and I am crossing my fingers that she escapes it this time. Her hair is a pain enough to shampoo just under normal circumstances!

10:53 AM  

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