Our summer started out idyllic. Sweet summer sleep in’s, shopping at the after Christmas sales, fish & chips at the beach and going out for ice-cream as a treat.
We had playdates with friends, enjoyed the Werribee Open Range Zoo, we went for walks while our eldest rode his bike but there was something sinister lurking just around the corner for our little family.
It wasn’t until about 2 weeks before I was meant to return to work when my sister noticed some white lumps in my oldest son’s hair…
“He has head lice” she exclaimed loudly (in the middle of the Optus Shop mind you!)
“No, he doesn’t” I exclaimed, embarrassed that she had said it so loudly!
“Look, I know what they look like, trust me!” – I still don’t actually believe her!
Anyway, yes upon closer observation there was no denying those little white lumps on both of my sons heads now!
Admit it, now you’re scratching your head just a little bit aren’t you!
So you see, the problem for me is that I’ve never had head lice before. The thought of these parasites living on and feeding off my beautiful sons heads was just too much for me.
I tried to remove all the eggs I could, drowned their heads in tea tree oil and put them to bed. I didn’t get much sleep that night and in the morning I informed everyone they’d played with in the last few weeks after we rushed out to the local chemist to buy a head lice treatment.
As this has opened up a whole new world to me, I feel like I’ve lost some of my innocence. All my mummy friends are telling me to get used to it “Welcome to school life, sweetie”.
So my question is this:
“How can I prepare for my son starting school this year
so that we can hopefully avoid this happening again?”
I would love to hear your head lice tips and tricks…