I am a mom of two awesome kids and had never had to deal with head lice. My oldest daughter is a JV soccer player and she loves being a part of the team. My son is a football player and has made some pretty great friends through his team. Our family values this time that our kids can take advantage of high school sports programs and gain the self-confidence and teamwork skills that come with that.
I am just a normal sports mom, an avid fan and frequently found helping with fundraisers, carpooling to swimming parties or running the concession stands. Along with all these responsibilities it never once occurred to me that I should be worried about my sports players contracting head lice. From what I knew, head lice was usually something that happened to smaller kids in elementary school. My kids were well past that.
I was braiding my daughter’s hair for a soccer tournament and I discovered a few unusual white specks. I pulled them out of her hair and brushed them to the side, thought it was likely hairspray residue or dry scalp from the sun. I didn’t think about it for another week or so. Then she came to me and said she was itchy. I looked again. This time there were a lot more white flecks and I knew there was a problem.
My husband ran to the store and grabbed a few bottles of head lice shampoo. We checked my son to be sure he was ok. He wasn’t. He also had head lice. I felt so upset with myself! How did I let this escalate and didn’t even know there was a problem? I was confused and just couldn’t wait to get rid of the lice.
We washed their hair, applied the medicated shampoo. Then we sat for a few hours and picked nits out of every possible place on their head we could look. It was not a fun process for anyone.
After thoroughly cleaning the house, I legitimately thought the problem was solved. Whew….that was hard, but over.
A few weeks later I heard a rumor that some other girls on my daughter’s soccer team had head lice. Okay, that makes sense now. When we got home I checked her head again, just to be sure. She had head lice – AGAIN! I guess actually, still. The problem had never actually been resolved.
I decided to bite the bullet and talk to the other moms on the team who I had heard had head lice also. Thankfully, one of them suggested I call Lice Clinics of America. She had never been more right! They were so professional, helpful and actually knew how to kill the head lice AND the eggs. I am so grateful for their help. I was at a loss of what more I could do. Thank you Lice Clinics of America for solving our head lice dilemma!
Things I Learned From This Experience:
– Don’t assume your family is immune to head lice.
– Talk to kids about all the ways head lice can be contracted.
– Over the counter head lice shampoo is not really effective at killing head lice.
– There are better options than sitting and nitpicking out all the eggs you can find on the scalp.
– Young kids are not the only ones who are at risk for head lice.