“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.”~Dorthea Brande
Huge effing, frustrating shamozzle. That is pretty much a description of my week.
Diet wise, I need to hang my head in Thai satay sauce, McDonalds and ice-cream shame. Exercise wise, pretty much nothing. Not pretty much nothing, actually nothing since the run on Sunday week ago. I haven’t been on the scales to assess the damage.
So why the big falling down? Two words- head lice.
People who have had to deal with these little buggers before will just nod their heads in quiet understanding. Those who haven’t, please read on.
I had noticed my head was itchy, but that isn’t that strange, right? Lots of things can make your head itchy. I bet half of you are scratching your heads right now just reading the word ITCHY.
Then I noticed my kids scratching too. I had a quick look and could see nothing so I went and bought some shampoo for sensitive skin.
As I was brushing my daughters hair to braid that afternoon I saw one of the offending creatures for the first time. It was the exact colour of her hair and I saw it by chance. And then proceeded to lose my mind. They had caught it from Daycare, probably Luci who still naps was our patient zero, and then to me and Noah. Grrrrreat.
At the chemist I was advised to get a medicated lice treatment, KP24. It was hardcore toxic stuff that had loads of warnings about what to do if you get it in your eyes or ears. It did seem to stop the lice in their tracks.
A crucial part of head lice treating is getting rid of the eggs by using an insanely tight metal comb. The eggs are stuck to the hairs, near the scalp for maximum shit-stirring. The bugs can’t be killed until they hatch, so you really have to get those little eggs out. Most websites will tell you to use loads of conditioner to help the comb glide more smoothly through the hair. This did not work for us. The comb pulled the kid’s (and later my) hair out.
There was screaming and crying and the most pitiful begging to stop from my children (ahem…and again, later on me). The combing was not successful in any way. Two days later the itching was back on again as all the eggs started to hatch.
That is when I really started to panic. What the hell was I going to do?!
Of course, I Googled a combination of words related to my woeful situation and eventually came up with Peek-a-Pooh Head Lice Removal. A salon you could go to and get someone to sort out the problem for you. So worth it.
Not only did she successfully comb our heads in a very thorough manner, there was absolutely no discomfort and she used an all natural product which you can buy at an Indian Grocery store quite cheaply.
The wonder product, Neem Oil, is like a natural bug repellant. And is also lethal to head lice (hi-five!). The best part is that the secret to combing is oil. OIL, PEOPLE!!
So I guess if you couldn’t find Neem oil, you could use another product for the bug killing section of your treatment and then just put olive oil in your hair to comb it.
So, to be safe you need to treat your hair again in 3 days (which we just did this morning) and comb out any leftover bugs and eggs (got 2 newly hatched little buggers) before they have time to reproduce. I will do it again in another three days just to make sure.
But you don’t just need to treat heads, and that is the real mind blowing, meltdown inducing element to nits. The little shits like to hang out on clothes, toys, in beds and whatever else your head touches for UP TO 48 HOURS. Bastards.
To combat accidental re-infestation (don’t you just love that term) you need to wash stuff with HOT water. Or, I found out from the salon that you can put things in the dryer on high for 30min and it will also kill them.
I hope I never ever ever have to deal with nits in my home again, but if I do I can tell you that I will be going straight for the Neem Oil.
We now have a collection of other products in our home now.
Banlice- my husband got this at a chemist on the way home from work when he got an itchy head. Turned out that he just had nervous itching from thinking about head lice as I didn’t comb a single egg or bug from his very short hair.
KP24- Definitely lethal to bugs…possibly lethal to people too!
Quit Nits-A natural product that I bought on the day I had a meltdown as the box said “no combing needed”. I haven’t used it yet. It also comes with a daily spray for warding off head lice. That stuff smells like Aesop products. Yum.
KO Mites n Lice- This is a product I got from the salon, it has water soluble Neem oil in it so that you can drench your head in the stuff and kill any lice, or you can lightly spray your head every time you are going out (kids going to childcare, etc) to ward off head lice.
Neem Oil- wonder product of the year!!