This post was sponsored by Nix® Ultra as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and I received products to facilitate my review. Super lice. YOU GUYS! It’s a thing! I have to be super honest with you. In writing this post on lice, I’ve had my husband check my head no less than 3 times. You can’t help but get itchy and squirmy when thinking about lice. Every mom has that “thing” that she’s afraid of. I can handle vomit. Snot ain’t no big thing. For me, it’s lice. We’ve had it go around our school a few times last year and I literally worry about it. A lot. This kid, with his long luxurious locks, is the reason I worry so much. So how do you remove super lice? How about let’s not get it in the first place!!! This is my oldest son. He has the most gorgeous (when he brushes it) long curly hair that he says is his trademark. He wouldn’t dream of cutting it. At this point, it’s basically dread-locking itself. It’s a nightmare to brush through, even with detangler and a wet brush. I don’t know what I’d do if he ever got lice. While the little girls at school wear cute breads or buns, he WON’T EVEN consider pulling his hair back to minimize the lice risk. I get it. But we’ve had the discussion that he may have to lose that hair if he ever gets lice. Trying to remove the lice from his hair would be like a full-time job. And it might kill me. And I’d cry. And he’d cry. It would be traumatizing to say the least. It’s not like I just walk around every day worrying that random lice will jump in to their hair. The threat is real. Kids don’t think about the risks of sharing hats and helmets not to mention all the other ways you can get those nasty little bugs. Sometimes moms don’t think about it either. A few years ago we had a spy-themed party for my younger son. I don’t even remember why he was angry when I took this picture during the party (this kid has MOODS y’all!). We had disguises for the kids to wear, including wigs that they shared. They created make-believe characters and had a blast. But I’ll never forget the next morning, when there was a knock at our door, and it was a neighbor coming to get his daughter who was over playing and had been at the party the day before. He said, “She needs to come home. Her brother has lice.” I FREAKING PANICKED. I started throwing all the wigs and other disguise items out (which I now know I didn’t need to do) and of course I instantly knew that my whole family had it too. Long story short, we didn’t get lice. We were even checked by the lice expert (holy crap, she cost a FORTUNE!) my neighbor brought in to help her deal with her son. All I knew was that I NEVER want to get lice. OMG! It’s a nightmare for sure.
OMG, what are super lice?
Apparently, lice are even worse than I thought and have started mutating like some gross science fiction character. In almost every state in the United States these super lice have been found. They are resistant to treatment and very hard to get rid of. But first you have to figure out if you have them. You won’t be able to tell a difference if they are regular old lice or super. (Unless they are wearing capes which I doubt they are, but would be so awesome).
How to check for lice. Ew.
You will want to have a bright light (a natural light source or flashlight will work, you just need to be able to see really well. And you need to be able to get to the scalp so using a fine tooth comb is helpful. You don’t need a magnifying glass but it certainly helps. If your child has dark hair it can be really hard to see the bugs with the naked eye. The bugs themselves are really small but will look like black/brown sesame seeds (or smaller). The nits (eggs or tiny baby bugs) are harder to see and they usually attach themselves to the shaft of the hair. The nit comb will help you see if what you are seeing is just a speck of dirt or dry skin (if it comes off easily) or if it is a nit attached to the hair shaft (when you try to move it with your finger nail it does not easily move or come off).
As we head back to school, I want to know that I am ready in case an outbreak happens at school. Can you imagine having to run to the store to grab a remedy knowing that your kid has lice? Ever since our scare a few years ago, I have kept a remedy on hand, just in case. But now with the super lice situation, I have the Nix® Ultra System in my cupboard at all times. It is a safe, non-toxic, and pesticide free over-the-counter remedy that will kill regular and super lice and their eggs. Ew. I’m a very risk averse person so I love that Nix® has come out with the Nix® Lice Tracker. I would much rather try to prevent lice than having to treat it. For the first time ever, Nix® has created a tool that will help track outbreaks. Using data from the sales of lice products, along with crowdsourced information from school nurses and parents as well as Google Trends data, outbreaks can be reported and parents can be super vigilant as we send the kids off to school. If I notice the tracker is saying we have some cases in our area, you can be SURE that my son will pull that hair of his into a man bun whether he likes it or not. This is genius if you ask me! Getting lice doesn’t make you dirty or is anything to be ashamed of. I encourage all moms to share this info with other moms so we can try to isolate situations. I will be HEAVILY promoting this at our school! Visit nixlice.com to track lice infestations in your area and for more information on Nix® Ultra. Super lice, you can take a hike!
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