Friday, December 09, 2011

10 Things You Should Know About Lice

  1. They are sent by Satan for the torment of you, and your children.  I believe this with all my heart, and I don't even believe in Satan.
  2. Lice eggs are brown.  Nits are egg casing and are white.  These are two different things, but both hang on for dear life.  Those little combs that come in the packaging?  They're a complete waste of time. 
  3. Over the counter treatments are becoming less and less effective over time.  The lice are becoming immune to the ingredients.  Fabulous. So this means that we have to become creative in how we attack them.  Oh, yes, we are at war.  The Cetaphil treatment is time consuming, but cheap, and according to this doctor, is 96% effective.  I have to say  I was actually pretty impressed with the Cetaphil.  
  4. There are a lot of myths about lice.  Hair dye won't cure lice because it won't kill the eggs.  Most things won't kill the eggs.  And most of the things that are thought to loosen the nits, haven't been proven to do so.  The best way to get rid of them is vigilance.  
  5. Once lice have been discovered in your children, you will itch.  All the time.  That said, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.  This is war!  Never sleep!  Or, you know, just have someone look you over from time to time.  
  6. Turns out that lice are persistent, but not that hardy.  Then again they're apparently millions of years old.  Millions.  That's a lot of time to learn how to live through what we want to do to them. 
  7. It's okay to get lice.  It's not okay to keep them and give them names.  Or so says my mother.  But I think it's fine to give them names.  Just none of mine are very nice.  
  8. Lice don't jump or fly.  They won't jump from head to head.  But they crawl really fast.  Like, ridiculous fast.  Like, if we could tame them and race them, that would be...well it would be silly because they're the size of a sesame seed when fully grown.  But, you get what I'm saying, right?
  9. Not everyone itches.  Apparently that's a reaction to the anticoagulant the louse uses while it feeds.  That's not creepy.  {{shudder}}
  10. They will go away.  I promise.  Just never as soon as you want them to.  

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I think they are pretty evil too...itching just reading this! lol


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