We had several letters home from school last year warning of head lice found on someone in my daughters classroom. I was fanatical about checking her head both before and after school. Any time I saw a speck or fleck of something I would pull her over to the window (best lighting) and start searching through her hair. Each time giving the same lecture – make sure you don’t lay on anyone else’s sleep mat, don’t share hats, keep your hair up etc… When we made it through to the end of the school year without any infestations, I breathed a big sigh of relief – shewwww we made it through! I was so happy, summer was here and we made it through the Kindergarten without her bringing any of the little critters home.
Summer took off and my daughter happily went off to day camp for the first time ever. Week one was fantastic – lots of friends, lots of playtime, things were going great! The next week we were all home taking the week off and week three came and she was happy to get back to playing with her friends at the camp! Week three ended with her walking by me in the driveway, itching her head… I spotted something white in her hair and asked her if she got glue in her hair that day at camp. She said yes, so I didn’t think anything else about it until a couple of hours later when we were going out for a walk. We stepped outside and as she walked by me I noticed several white specks against her black hair. Thinking that it was odd looking glue, I looked closer. Oddly all the little glue pieces looked to be exactly the same size and shape and suddenly it hit me that I was most likely looking at nits! Oh I tried so hard not to freak out but my mind was racing – how long had she had these, who had she come in contact with, were they in the house, did we all have them? Suddenly I started to feel things crawling all over my body! I grabbed the kids and headed off to the closest drug store to pick up something to take care of this. I read all the boxes wondering why I didn’t take the time to look up on the internet which one was the best. Out of the corner of my eye I see my girl scratching her head – yikes!! Okay we will go with two of the ones that I recognized as not generic and dragged the kids off to the register so we could pay, hoping the whole time that they were not crawling all over us!
I raced home, plopped her immediately in to the tub and put the washer on sanitize and tossed in her clothing, bedding and everything else I could think of that would fit. I let the shampoo sit on her hair for 10 minutes while I searched the internet making sure I was covering all the bases and the whole time I continued to feel things crawling all over me! I filled a cup with hot water and started the process of pulling the lice comb through her hair. After each pass of a few strands of hair, I would dip the comb in the hot water to rinse it off and each time inspected the water. To my horror I started to see things both floating on the top and others slowly sinking towards the bottom. While they looked white against her really dark hair, they were actually kind of a tan/brown color. It took forever to get through her hair and the whole time I was thankful that she has fine, thin hair (not all that much of it) that is dark enough that the nits were pretty easy to spot. Imagine if this had been my other daughter with the super thick wavy brown hair – I would have been up all night trying to get through that hair! When we got done, I rinsed everything out of her hair and moved her out to the kitchen by the window. There I proceeded to go through every single strand of hair on her poor little head! I was determined that there were not going to be any more creatures eating off my daughter! To my horror I found about 20 more nits still attached to her hair and pulled them out by hand but even worse is that there were no live lice in either the cup that I used from the combing or the single strand of hair inspection. So where did the live ones go? Crawling on me I was positive, so once I was done with her I went in and did the same treatment to me. However, I didn’t find anything with the combing and it didn’t fix the itching at all – must be all in my head huh? Each day for a week I carefully inspected each and every strand of hair (don’t worry, my oldest was submitted to the same scrutiny – but I never found any reason to treat her). When she went back to camp, it was with her hair plastered to her head, wrapped tight in a bun and clipped in place.
It was right about that time when I had a twitter message from Lice Shield. Lice Shield is a brand new product that is developed to repel lice so that you don’t have to go through the horror of an infestation. I say horror because if you are like me, you will spend hours and hours dealing with this, washing and disinfecting pillows, bedding, towels, furniture – everything that has come in contact with your child and itching yourself the entire time! I quickly emailed her back and told her what I had just went through with my daughter and she shipped some samples right off to me. We received two products in the package the first one was Lice Shield Shampoo and Conditioner.
Product Information: Specially formulated for kids’ finer hair and sensitive scalps. Gentle enough for daily use, with extra conditioners for a tangle-free formula. Leaves a natural, fresh fragrance
How to Use: Apply generously to wet hair, lather well and rinse out. Repeat as desired. For best results, use daily with Lice Shield Leave In Spray.
The other product was the Lice Shield Leave In Spray.
Product Information: Specially formulated for kids’ finer hair and sensitive scalps.
Gentle enough for daily use, with light detanglers to aid combing. Leaves a natural, fresh fragrance.
How to Use: Spray liberally onto washed, towel dried hair. Leave on hair and let dry gently. Also suitable for use on dry hair, and directly on hats, scarves and helmets. For best results, use daily with Lice Shield Shampoo & Conditioner in 1.
My Thoughts: The first thing to note is that the products are free from any harmful pesticides. Lice Shield is formulated with a blend of citronella, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. You can immediately smell the citronella especially, in both of the products. We have been using both products daily since my daughter continues to go to camp for the remainder of the summer. My daughter has very fine, thin hair and these products have been formulated to work perfectly even with her flyaway hair. We have not had any further incidents with the lice, thank goodness – I am not sure I could take another one!! We have actually found another useful side benefit for the Lice Shield Leave in Spray… the mosquitoes have been particularly vicious this year and we all get a few bites when we go for our nightly family walk despite the mosquito repellent we always apply. We started spraying a couple shots of the leave in spray on us right before we go on the walk and there is a tremendous difference! The swarm of bugs that we had seemed to always have zinging around our heads is no longer tagging along with us and the bites have been very minimal!
How to Connect with Lice Shield:
Buy it: Lice Shield Shampoo & Conditioner in 1 and Leave-In Spray are easily available at places you would usually shop for your kids’ hair care products, including chains like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart for $9.99.
*information from www.liceshield.net and the official press release
I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting.
I did receive product to keep for my testing purposes.