Just Call Me A Lice Expert Because My Daughter Has Had Lice Four Times
One of the worst sentences that can come out of your childâ€™s mouth is, â€œMommy, my head is a little itchy.â€ As soon as my daughter said this to me one morning last week, my response was, â€œIâ€™m calling the Lice Squad. They will come over tonight.â€
I now consider myself a lice expert. My daughter has had lice four times already.
Now, I wasnâ€™t exactly sure that she had lice â€“ maybe she just had a dry scalp – but I was not taking any chances. After dropping her off at school (because I didnâ€™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.
â€œWhen do you want us to come?â€ they asked.
â€œUm, like tonight!â€
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.
â€œOkay, NEVER again are you getting your hair braided.â€
At my daughterâ€™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. Iâ€™m not. Iâ€™m like, â€œEh, here we go again.â€
When I called the Lice Squad, they asked me, â€œWhere do you want us to park?â€
I answered, â€œUm, how about outside my house?â€ 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. Iâ€™m more like, â€œPark wherever you want. Just get the damn lice out of her hair.â€