Last month, I wrote about my children having lice for the first time. It has been a true learning experience – as in I learned I am no good at getting rid of them. I think the reason is because I am not getting all the nits (lice eggs) out of their hair.
In my last post, I reported finding a product called Lice Ice that I thought sounded like it would work better than the horrible chemical shampoos that we had already used. We have tried this product twice. And while it does kill the lice and help tremendously with loosening the nits, it obviously hasn’t cured our problem.
With Lice Ice, you apply it to dry hair and then leave it in for a minimum of 15 hours. This means we would put it on at dinner time and wash out the following day. Since you then need to comb through and ensure the nits are gone, it was only practical to do it on the weekends. According to the directions, a vigorous shampooing should remove most of the nits and if not, they should be easily removed by combing. That didn’t prove to be the case for us. Yes, they were easier to remove but not all of them came out with the comb. It is very tedious to look for and remove the nits, even if they now come out easier.
So after another failed attempt to remove all the nits, we decided it was time to call in the professionals. Yes, there is a company out there that specializes in coming to your house and delousing your family’s hair. We used Lice Doctors, who have locations in many major cities. They are discreet, so they aren’t showing up in a van marked “Lice Doctors.” Of course, I can’t be too worried about that since I am posting this on the internet.
Anyway, the lady arrived around 6 p.m. She too is a mother who once struggled with getting rid of lice on her own kids. She had been working for Lice Doctors for about seven months. We set up in the dining room, and she began with my chatty daughter.
She coated her hair with a ton of olive oil and then worked through it with a nit comb. She said the key was to use a very good comb. She used on called the Nit Free Terminator which has special grooved teeth to help release the nits. I watched carefully how she did this, in case we ever run across this problem again.
After she had pulled out all the lice and nits, she had my daughter wash and dry her hair. We did have to use dish washing detergent to help get the oil out. While Lexie was getting her hair washed, she worked on my son and then me. Yep, I ended up getting them too.
When we all had been treated and had our hair washed and dried, she then went through our hair systematically with a regular comb double checking for any missed eggs. She only found one on my daughter. The whole process from the time she arrived until she left was two hours.
Now of course there is really no way to know for sure if 100% of the nits were gone so they recommend that for the following seven nights, you put a heavy dose of olive oil on your hair and comb through it before bed. Yes, you get to sleep with a head coated with oil. That means a shower cap for me to wear to bed or since my kids are young, thick towels on their beds to protect their sheets. The reason behind the oil is that if any lice hatch they will drown in the oil. Since lice can survive for up to six hours in water that is why they tell you to do it overnight. Between the nightly oil and combing, they guarantee the lice will be gone.
So finally, I feel confident that we are done with the lice problem. And I certainly know what to do next time: Use my newly purchased nit comb and a ton of olive oil.