I am not a bug person at all and just the mention of head lice gives me the heebee jeebee's. I have been scratching my head ever since dear hubby came home from driving the school bus one day couple weeks ago and then on Monday one of the daycare Mommies informs me "The girls have head lice." Oh, how I hate those dreaded words. So then last night I was dreaming of head lice. Eww! As I am typing I am itching not just on my head but all over. lol
Luckily I had washed all the blankets and pillows over the weekend so that was already taken care of and put away after naps on Friday. So I began the other clean up in the daycare room and I have all that done. I just wanted to post a little information that I found on the Center of Disease Control website today.
As you can see, the eggs and the adult lice are not very big and can be hard to see and find. Trust me it is no fun having to search through a child's hair for hours everyday until you no longer find any. I had to do that years ago and I decided then that I did not wish that on my worst enemy.
Head lice are not known to transmit disease; however, secondary bacterial infection of the skin resulting from scratching can occur with any lice infestation.
Getting head lice is not related to cleanliness of the person or his or her environment.
Head lice are mainly spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. The most common way to get head lice is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. Such contact can be common among children during play at:
- home, and
- elsewhere (e.g., sports activities, playgrounds, camp, and slumber parties).
Uncommonly, transmission may occur by:
- wearing clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons worn by an infested person;
- using infested combs, brushes or towels; or
- lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with an infested person.
You can call your Doctor and get a prescription shampoo for this or you can buy the over the counter stuff, which I find to be quite expensive. To read more on the treatment you can do so over at the Center of Disease Control.
Now, I am off to comb my hair once again with the nit comb and praying it still comes out clean.