I just received a comment via my Kijiji ad from a mother who tried using a flat iron to get rid of her daughter's head lice. She was surprised to still find 8 live bugs on the head after the ironing. So many people I meet try this, and I can't believe I have never written about it before. (So, thanks for the comment, L.)
My message is short but sweet. DO NOT use flat irons or curling irons to try to get rid of head lice. Head lice live right near or on the scalp. Your iron won't get close enough to kill them and if you try, someone is going to get burned. If you want a tool that is safer and more effective, use a blow dryer. (Don't do this without checking out more info here.)
I received a call from an absolutely exhausted mother. She had been running on 3 hours sleep every night for the last 2 weeks. Her pre-teen daughter had head lice. They tried to get rid of it with Nix. They then tried Resultz. But they were still seeing live bugs on the head. The girl was still going to school, but her mother had pulled her from all her extra-curricular activities over this. Constantly cleaning, laundering, combing (with the Nix comb), and worrying, it was clear that this family had sacrificed everything to the The Louse.
I was so glad that she called. It is the best feeling in the world when you can give the news that the excessive cleaning can stop. I am overjoyed to tell a family that there are simple, inexpensive ways to deal with this problem. I tell them about what lice are and what lice are not. By asking specific questions, I can learn about what they know, clear up their misconceptions, and give them proven tools to get rid of head lice.
By the end of the call, the mother was almost crying tears of joy. I completely understood the marathon that she had been through. I validated her abilities and efforts and knew that she would be more than capable to utilize the new information to win the battle.
If you are dealing with the problem of head lice, the information on this blog is for you. But if you need to talk to a person, have questions, or just want to vent about head lice, give me a call. If I'm out, leave me a message and I'll call you back. I would be happy to talk to you. And to the woman, if you are reading this, thanks again for the call. Here's to catching up on your sleep!