Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Nit-picking. Literally.

That's right, folks. We have been visited by that scourge of childhood - head lice! Fun times. Not only do both girls have it. I have it and I am totally skeeved out. And I can't stop scratching my head. We probably wouldn't even know it yet if it weren't for the fact that M Girl has an ear infection. I took her to the doctor this morning for her ear and while we were there, I had them check her scalp.

I had a sneaking suspicion it might be lice but I was hoping against hope that it wasn't. A Girl has been scratching for over a week. But she's always bitching about paper cuts, bruises and other minor ailments so we just figured it was dry skin and she was being overly dramatic about the scratching. On Sunday, Big D said "Why don't we just take her to the doctor? Maybe there's something they can give her for the itching" We looked closely at her scalp and didn't see any crawly bugs. We saw little white things that we figured were just flakes from her dry scalp. So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided NOT to take her to the doctor. Now I know - your kid can have lice even if you can't see crawly bugs on their scalp. And the little white things are not "flakes" unless they actually flake off. If you jiggle the hair and the little white things don't move, they're nits.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle. (Major points to anyone who can tell me where that phrase comes from).


Dawn said...

GI Joe!
(I'll take those points...)

Yuck about the lice!

landismom said...

Woof. That sucks. Hope it's better soon.

Sandra said...

OH NO! This is one of my great fears, because it sounds like such a battle to get rid of them. I always have lice combs ready and waiting, but so far we've been spared.

The Scarlett said...

Yuck. We've avoided this so far. It makes my skin crawl thinking about it and I seriously felt my scalp itching just reading your post!

Mike said...

My Mom says it all the time. How many points do I get?

Lice? Yuck...think of all the scrubbing that's been done and will have to be done. Lice isn't the problem, it's all the work you have to do to get rid of them. A male's perspective anyway.