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|Tue, 09-16-2003 - 11:00am|
Already the notices of headlice have come home. I've been changing bedsheets like mad, vaccuuming every day, and inspecting our heads nonstop. I about flipped when I watched my dd try on another girl's backpack at the bus stop. I also can't stop itching my own head, psychological I'm sure. (Every evening I insist on dh going through my hair, feeling like the apes on the nature shows.)
I called the health department and asked about this. The health advisor scared the bejesus outta me by telling me that they have new research that shows none of the products out there are killing nits anymore, not the sprays, nor the shampoos, apparently, they are now immune. She went on to tell me that some families who get headlice end up with it for a long amount of time because they rely on these products and they are not cutting it.
So of course I am feeling rather paranoid. One mom told me her family rinses weekly with vinegar - another said Suave hairspray will fend them off - another said leave-in conditioner, and yet another said do hot oil treatments. Anyone have any experience with any of this? Is getting headlice just inevitable? The cynical part of me says that there is no preventing it, but the paranoid part of me was thinking I should be washing my children's hair with miracle whip just to be safe, rather than sorry. Any advice out there?