Lice question

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-30-2004
Lice question
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Tue, 08-03-2010 - 12:14pm

Hi,
New here. I've got a question on lice and since it looks like you all were discussing it recently, I thought I'd ask here.

I have soon-to-be first grader and fourth grader and we were exposed to lice over the wknd when we were visiting some friends. It turns our my 6 yr old was sleeping in the same bed (one night) as the girl with nits that they just discovered on Sunday morning. My fourth grader may have had less exposure, but I'm worried about my six yr old and myself since she snuggled in my bed with me from 4am on.....

I've been combing her hair with a lice comb, using eucalyptus spray and NOT shampooing her hair for the past two days, and I don't see anything, but I feel like our heads are ticking lice bombs!

Could it be that I don't see anything yet she will get lice? I've tried looking up incubation periods for lice, and it says 5-7 days, but I don't see any nits..... but it seems too good to be true that we may have dodged a bullet on this one.

To make matters more stressful, we are off to visit family on Tuesday and I do NOT want to bring lice on vacation to someone else's house. Suggestions/BTDT experience, pls.

Tks.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-30-2008
In reply to: bammer2004
Tue, 08-03-2010 - 6:22pm
Hi and welcome! We've all had this happen.
It seems you may have dodged a bullet. Did the friend have adult louse in her hair? If she was in early stages and didn't have active adult bugs, there would have been nothing to infect your daughter. Lice crawl on, lay eggs and for the most part, move on to their next victim. You are right that the incubation of a nit is 5-7 days.
Sometimes the nits are hard to see. So you will need to shed some light on them. Sunshine will usually make them show easily or a flashlight will help too. Keep checking every 3-4 days with the light. Part the hair and look on the shaft near the scalp.
I hope to get to know you and your family!
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-30-2008
In reply to: bammer2004
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 10:44am
Just checking in to see what happened. Did you guys dodge the bullet?