Just Call Me A Lice Expert Because My Daughter Has Had Lice Four Times

liveOne of the worst sentences that can come out of your child’s mouth is, “Mommy, my head is a little itchy.” As soon as my daughter said this to me one morning last week, my response was, “I’m calling the Lice Squad. They will come over tonight.”

I now consider myself a lice expert. My daughter has had lice four times already.

Now, I wasn’t exactly sure that she had lice – maybe she just had a dry scalp – but I was not taking any chances. After dropping her off at school (because I didn’t yet know for sure she had lice and she just had a school lice check the week before) I went home and called the Lice Squad, a business that deals with, um, lice.

“When do you want us to come?” they asked.

“Um, like tonight!”

The first time my daughter got lice was after returning from Jamaica where she got her hair braided. Three days after our return, she was scratching her head like a dog with fleas. The woman who came over to get out the lice told me NEVER to let her get her hair braided on vacation, unless I bring my own comb. So, the next time we went to Mexico, and my daughter wanted her hair braided, I brought my own comb. When we returned, three days later, my daughter again was scratching her head like she was a dog with fleas.

“Okay, NEVER again are you getting your hair braided.”

At my daughter’s school, if you get sent home with lice, you cannot just go to the drug store and buy the remedy. You HAVE to call a professional lice picker and then show the school the note from them. The funniest thing, to me, is that people are embarrassed when their children have lice. I’m not. I’m like, “Eh, here we go again.”

When I called the Lice Squad, they asked me, “Where do you want us to park?”

I answered, “Um, how about outside my house?” They told me they were just checking, because they have cars with the Lice Squad logo on it, and many parents demand that they park at least a block away, lest the neighbors find out that their children have lice. I’m more like, “Park wherever you want. Just get the damn lice out of her hair.”

You can reach this post's author, Rebecca Eckler, on twitter.
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    • koolchicken

      Really nice. You’ll call someone over to check your head but you can’t be bothered to check your daughters. If 1 in 4 kids have lice it’s because of lazy selfish people like you. I really hope someone from your kids school reads this and reports you. I’d be crazed if my kid got lice from yours cause doing the right thing inconveniences you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

        OUCH you don’t have to be so nasty – she said herself that her school requires this company to deal with the issue. I think you need to re-read the article because Rebecca explained that her daughter had her head checked. Rebecca, I think that this is a great post. Really informative on lice ;)

      • koolchicken

        Actually I think you need to re-read the article. She says the school checked it a week ago. A lot can happen in a week as we see by the end of the article. And those eggs didn’t lay themselves. So instead of checking her kid, or keeping her home if she wasn’t willing she sent her off to infect others. Ten eggs wont cause itching only adults do and it takes more than one. Sounds like the lice squad missed the adults or she just doesn’t mention them. But I seriously doubt they all abandoned ship cause they knew the lice squad was coming.

      • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

        Lol!!! You really are funny :) here is the chronology of the events as recounted by Rebecca: day 1-school has standard life check. day 8 (morning)- child complains of itchy head, mom sends girl to school, then calls live squad. 8(evening)- lice squad comes over, checks mom AND daughter. Make sense?

      • koolchicken

        Makes perfect sense. Kid complains of itchy scalp and instead of double checking she send her off to infect others. Calling the lice squad after the fact just isn’t good enough. Seriously how hard is it to spend three minutes checking your kids hair? I wonder if you’d be so cool about this if your kid had the coat hook next to her daughters?

      • rebecca eckler

        Well, call me stupid, but I did look at my daughter’s head and I didn’t see anything. So I sent her to school. And the week before she had a lice check and she was fine. I worked as fast as I could to get someone to deal with it. The Lice Squad came as soon as they could. Job done.

      • http://www.facebook.com/houde.veronique Véronique Houde

        Hun, I have psoriasis in my head so it’s constantly itchy. Like Rebecca said it could have been dry scalp. Imagine if her daughter learned that the best way to stay home when she’s having a bad day is to say “mom I have an itchy head!” especially 5 minutes before drop-off. I have no idea where you get off thinking it’s okay to be so nasty, not even using your real name – it’s so easy to be so mean when you don’t have to take personal responsibility for your words. Rebecca Eckler has written some pretty controversial articles and I’ve sometimes stated my disagreements, but that doesn’t give you the permission to be a blatant b word. Next time you want to lay it on thick, first start by getting your facts straight, then find a respectful and classier way to go about saying you disagree, and then if you’re wrong, maybe owning up to it might be even better.

      • http://www.asilee.com Asilee

        “first start by getting your facts straight, then find a respectful and classier way to go about saying you disagree, and then if you’re wrong, maybe owning up to it might be even better.” Now Veronique, you know that’s too much like right.

      • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.wooten Courtney Lynn

        Reports for what? An ailment that a lot of children get and while very annoying, it isn’t life threatening in the least? Lice is easy to get among school children, easier than people think. And not always so easy to find. For what, exactly, should she be reported? Nobody is in danger! I’ve disagreed plenty with Rebecca before, too, but this is stretching it.

    • TheLily

      When I was growing up, I spent over a year with lice. I have beautiful long hair and I continued to get it. The advice my doctor gave my mom was simple – cut off all her hair OR stop washing it so often. As I was the only girl, my mom refused to cut my hair. Instead the washing was cut down to once a week with lice shampoo. Since I was so young my hair didn’t get that greasy- but I’d have preferred the short hair!

    • To Celebrate Women

      This article was actually quite funny, not sure if that was your intention, but it came off that way. Lice holding their breath for two hours. Lice professionals driving all over Toronto in a van to save schoolchildren from the scourge. It could be a hit comedy franchise. Or SNL sketch. Write more about stuff like this!

      • MommyK

        Agreed!

    • MommyK

      Thanks for this super informative article, Rebecca! I’m relieved to know that if I ever need them for my child, the Lice Squad has a branch in my city too (I googled them). Good information to know, and an entertaining read. And good for you for not being embarrassed either.

    • Sarah

      When I was younger I had terrible bouts of head lice. My family called them ‘the visitors’ and apparently the visitors loved my long and clean hair. They stopped though when I started using a hairdryer in the morning – worked a treat!

    • BK

      Ahhhh this makes my head itch!!!!

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