Parenting Challenge: Dealing With Head Lice on Your 

The course to parenthood is one of considerable length, mine with a series of trials. Some, often seem dreadful, and others should indeed be dreaded. However, mostly, it is a path to be celebrated and praised.

You would think the delivery of your child, naturally, comes with a pact. A truce of some kind, where the cosmos would call in for a ceasefire. But it just keeps going on and on and on, almost as if the challenges are endless! Sometimes, you don’t mind being fazed a little bit, and other times, you don’t mind at all. I mean, they’re your kid, your sweet little angel. Right?

And they grow up as you watch. Day by day, growing proud of the person they’re becoming. And, yes, sure you’re happy, but you’re also surely exhausted. All you want, right now, really, is just to rest. Because, at this point, it’s getting out of hand.

You’ve tolerated the falls, the burns, the surprises, everything! But, head lice. Now that’s a whole other challenge.

What exactly are they?
Now, I don’t know how to say this, so I’ll just spit it out. They’re insects. But before you freak out, running around, screaming weird stuff, like my child’s getting eaten by insects, I reckon you keep on reading. These tiny wingless vermin, settle in the hairs of a person. And as we all know, sitting in someone’s hair can sometimes get boring, perhaps even dull. So just as you might’ve expected, they eat there, feeding on blood from your scalp.

Does it come from poor hygiene?
Well, in fact, that’s not true. It has absolutely nothing to do with hygiene. Think of them as blood junkies, and they really don’t care about their victim’s state of cleanliness.

What are the symptoms?
Lice eggs are one thing you should be looking for. They’re small brown or tanned dots. Easy to spot as they aren’t live crawlers roaming about in your child’s hair. Another thing you should probe for is adult lice and nymphs. Nymphs are smaller and grow to their full potential in about 1-2 weeks.

Scratching is definitely a solid tell. It happens due to the saliva these little creatures spit. But the itching doesn’t happen right away. You should be wary of excessive scratching, as that could lead to rashes and small red bumps on the head, which could make your child’s head sore.

What should you be looking for?
The examination is realistically easy. Start by wetting your child’s hair. This is to slow down the lice. Then, with a brush, start separating the hairs. Now, these little weasels move rather quickly and are tricky to catch. So look for nits attached near the scalp of your little kids.

How to cure hair lice?

There are two ways to cure this awful inconvenience. One is by removing them manually. And two are through treatments.

Manual removal is always 100% effective and gets the job done. It’s also the only way to cure your child if they are  2 months or younger. An insecticide is a viable option, although it is one many parent don’t prefer.

Medication is the easiest way to rid yourself and your child of this disease. However, you must know that not all medication is 100% effective. But that doesn’t mean they don’t alleviate the condition. Only, manual removal will be needed after the treatment is done. Just to get rid of the remnants. According to Lice Me Not, the reason head lice is most common with children is that they are always picking it up from their friends, siblings and practically anyone that has it. As they don’t mind using other people’s headbands, hats, brushes, etc..

When in doubt

Let’s say your child has been itching for a few days now. Maybe there is some soreness or rashes on your sweet kid’s head. You’ve been looking for these creatures to no end. You might have found something, oh, never mind, probably just some dandruff. Then again, is it?

Well, you really don’t know. You might have also not found anything at all.  So, when in doubt, call your local pediatrician, or contact your child’s school nurse and have them conduct these examinations for you.

Now, once you’ve dealt with your child’s head lice. Make sure to instill all your efforts to prevent it from happening again. This is a fairly easy process, as all you have to do is simply have them stick to using their own things. Try having them avoid head-to-head contact and they should all be fine.

Parenting could be challenging at times, but hey, they are our children. They deserve all our efforts.

 

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