So Moon Unit’s been complaining about her head itching for a few weeks, since she got back from summer camp. We were distracted with getting ready for our family vacation so didn’t pay too much attention. Then this past Friday I noticed she had a rash on her neck, just below the hairline - behind the ears and to the nape.
So I checked her scalp and yep, she brought back more than a suntan from summer camp (it’s conceivable she had 'em even before though the itching complaints started afterward). :eek: :barf: (we need that smiley!!)
A quick visit to the pediatrician to confirm what I thought I saw, a trip to the pharmacy to get 2 treatments’ worth of Nix (we were told to do it that day, then repeat in a week), and she was rid of the adult population. Now, I know the retreatment is necessary to get any that have hatched in the interim; it’s nearly impossible to get all the nits (and hers in particular seem to be the color of her hair rather than white so I miss most of them).
Anyway - I’m doing a full “divide and conquer” comb-through every day. Alternate days this happens after soaking her hair and scalp in olive oil. If I don’t do the olive-oil soak-through I’m finding nearly nothing. Few nits maybe, but no evidence of critters. This I think gives me false hope. If I do the olive-oil, I’m much more likely to get adolescent critters - found a fairly large one last night that clearly I’d missed the day before. Maybe it’s because they’re able to escape my comb more easily if I don’t oil things up first. I don’t think the oil smothers them, as I’d been led to believe.
Interestingly, the pediatrician pooh-poohed the idea of doing olive oil, mayo, or whatever.
We are of course laundering her sheets daily in hot water, and washing/machine drying the one stuffed toy she really cannot sleep without (all the rest have been washed if possible, bagged up if not possible, and put out of reach for the next couple of weeks).
So - advice, commiseration, etc. gratefully accepted. I’m really hoping that with the second Nix treatment (tomorrow), and a full week after that of daily comb-throughs, will get rid of these beasts.