We are all in good spirits in spite of the title of this post.
In my usually
over-analytic way, I’ve been researching and discussing lice with Nadia (remember my picker).
What we have both found the most frustrating was how conflicting and confusing the information we’ve found is.
The instructions in our treatments were similar. Treat, comb, treat again in seven days. My package even said, “If desired, nits and dead lice can be removed, following treatment, by combing with the fine tooth comb provided.” IF YOU WISH????
Dudes, I did the treatment and I combed over the weekend. I was alone so I could only comb my hair. I combed the girls hair. Back to school we go and, lo and behold, we still have live lice and plenty o nits. The nurse who was checking (who volunteered because her own daughter had them) implied I hadn’t been thorough enough. And she was right.
So my girls sat in quarantine at the office until they could get a supply in for me. OK, fine.
Then we found nits and live lice every day. EVERY DAY! In spite of hours of picking nits and lice by hand – BY HAND! Dragging those suckers out with our fingernails. One at a time.
How does this happen? We are thorough. Very thorough. We also researched like crazy and found conflicting info.
The Canadian Paediatrics Society (and the American) says to treat, comb, and go back to school/work the next day. So do many other sources.
I have wonder – WTF? If we have newly hatched LIVE lice every day, how can that be advisable?
I am not the only one who keeps having the live ones reappear. There are others who are being treated as thoroughly as I am.
But, many of the other people diagnosed at our school were back the next day. Which does not make any sense to me.
Are we being too thorough? I’ve been off work for five days – and the girls have been off school for five days. Today they had only a few nits, but I still had a few live lice. The numbers of nits and lice are reduced every day, but not gone.
We theorize that some nits are so small we can’t see them, then in a day they grow big enough for us to see. The live ones we either missed or they hatched in between picking. All the eggs are hatching at different times so how does treating once, combing, and then treating again in seven days make sense?
As for the Lice Squad, Nadia phoned them, we read their website. The nearest franchise is in Sudbury. Mobile Lice Squad costs $70/hr plus travel costs. Sudbury is three hours away. You do the math. And they say to go back to school after treatment.
Our school board does not have a policy. I was told no nits and no live lice for the three of us, yet I KNOW that people coming back the next day would have them. Yes, they were checked, for about 1 minute (if that), which is not enough when you’re getting down to the lower numbers of nits and lice. Remember, Nadia spent 4 HOURS on my hair yesterday and found about 4 or 5 live lice at the very end of the 4 hours (her system chases them to the top of my head).
So, I’m frustrated. Should we be at school or should the others be at home? Or is the answer somewhere in the middle?
The National Pediculosis Society, a non-profit organization, recommends a no-nit policy. You can read about why, here.
On another note, it’s very expensive and there are many families in our community who could not afford the treatments.
How you like to buy this cute little stuffy for your kidlets? You can order them from The Lice Squad.