A Very Hairy Situation #MummyMondays

a very hairy situation

It was a usual day and a usual kindy pick up last Wednesday. Elliott greeted me with his usual smile, hug and “Mummy!” It melts my heart every time.

We proceeded over to get his back pack and then I noticed that his bag containing his sheets was there too. I wondered why his sheets were being sent home a day early and then I saw the RED letter that Elliott was waving around in his hand.

It wasn’t artwork he’d so lovingly made for me that day, it was my first ever letter as a parent notifying me that someone in his kindy had NITS!

We got home and I prayed Elliott didn’t have any of these nasties in his golden locks. Once we were under some light I started combing through his hair. “That hurts Mummy. Mummy STOP IT!”

I kept closely examining Elliott’s hair, bracing myself for a creepy crawly to make an appearance but to my sheer relief, that never eventuated. Actually, it was at that moment that I was thankful about something that had me full of guilt only a few days before – I hadn’t washed Elliott’s hair in about 2 weeks.

It’s been a mixture of Elliott very much disliking having his hair being washed and me just being so damn busy that over 2 weeks, washing his hair had completely crossed my mind. No wonder his gorgeous waves and curls were no where to be seen! Bad parent, bad bad mummy….huge Mummy guilt, well until the letter about nits. .

My guilt vanished, Elliott’s dirty hair could have very well been our head lice saviour!   They say nits don’t like dirty hair, right?  In an instant my bad parenting moment morphed into something positive, my oversight could have very well been the antidote to our very first case of nits. Phew! (I thought I’d add to this statement after publishing this post….I’m not saying that dirty hair DOES deter nits, yes perhaps it is a myth, I’m purely indicating that after feeling so bad about NOT washing my sons hair for so long I was going to hold onto anything that made me feel better and so the idea that nits don’t like dirty hair was enough for me….myth or not! Just a bit of fun.)

Have you experienced the dreaded nits in your household? How did you KILL those suckers?

N.B. Elliott has since had his hair washed.

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. June 15, 2015 / 6:19 am

    God, I hate the whole nits process! It takes forever – the nightly comb out for weeks to break the cycle. Ugh!

  2. June 15, 2015 / 6:29 am

    That’s a relief! I’ve never experienced them but I hear it can indeed be pretty hairy when they strike.. Here’s to a smooth week ahead!

  3. June 15, 2015 / 6:52 am

    Phew! We’ve managed to escape nits so far. my DS has a really short haircut so we hardly ever shampoo it! Hehe. 🙂

  4. June 15, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Oh Eva, he’s just been lucky! I wrote a post a while back for Nitwits and the dirty hair thing is pure myth! Nits are only interested in feeding from scalps and have been thriving along with mankind as long as we’ve been walking the Earth. Long before shampoo and hair washing were even thought of! There are so many myths and many of them are crazy – like nits prefer blond hair! I have heard some totally ridiculous ones in the school yard which have been earnestly believed by parents. If you get nits at some stage, I highly recommend Nitwits! Fantastic product that was so impressive. Not to worry about the hairwashing, we often forget too! It’s not too much of a problem before puberty so make the most of it!! (Unless they’ve food in there. Yuck!)

  5. June 15, 2015 / 7:23 am

    Sophie had nits for the first time at 8 weeks old, because I unknowingly had them! Sounds revolting, I know, but six kids spending time together over the school holidays infects everyone! But we haven’t had them since then, thanks to a solution of lavender, tea tree oil and conditioner in a spray bottle with water, liberally sprayed every day (also works as an excellent untangler)

  6. June 15, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Oh for us it’s the dreaded pink notice! I have come to really despise that notice! Unfortunately i don’t think nits discriminate 🙁 Both of my older girls wash their hair on the same days and one comes home with nits quite often while the other has never ever had nits. Last year, I started using a prevention spray and the situation improved dramatically. When they do get them, I use the conditioner and comb method as none of the treatments really seem to work for us … I’d hate to think how much money I have spent since kinder!

  7. June 15, 2015 / 7:30 am

    I dread this part of school aged kids. Especially with 2 girls. Although I did recently have a freelance job writing about 10 lice treatments… Natural and otherwise & most were not well supported… Including the dirty hair thing. Who knows. We grew up believing it lol thr article had me itching the whole time out of paranoia though :-/

  8. June 15, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Ooh scratch scratch scratch… we haven’t had them yet but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time!!

  9. June 15, 2015 / 8:18 am

    Oh I always used to have to send those notes home when I was teaching!!! They’re the worst!!!

  10. June 15, 2015 / 11:50 am

    First time commentor, thank you so much for hosting! Yikes, those dreaded head bugs! Ugh. I have two daughters, ages 16 and 9. We have had our fair share of those nasty critters more then I care to admit. We bought tea tree oil from a store and used it in the shampoo for years! It’s a great deterrent. Now that I use Young Living EO, there are several EO’s that deter and get rid of them. We still use tea tree, just from YL now. But I have found that using a flat iron will burn the nits off the shaft without having to sit for hours trying to pull them out one by one or using that comb that comes with the kits. Also, a big thing not many people do, and this keeps them reoccurring, they don’t wash the kids backpack or their car seats! Glad your little guy was bug free! 🙂

  11. June 15, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    haha this made me laugh because Miss 6 is the same with hair washing and often I forget…..just recently I thought to myself that maybe this lack of frequent hair washing is the reason we have been head lice free!!!! (touch wood it stays that way!)

  12. June 15, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Nits…. I am a bloody expert at getting rid of nits. A couple of years back we just couldn’t get rid of hem between my 4 kids. Every other week I was de-nitting. I almost started a business and called myself the nit nurse.

  13. June 15, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    How I hated nits! We used the vosene nit repellent shampoo and spray. It’s loaded with tea tree and, apparently, nits hate it! That and the Nitty Gritty metal comb.

    Even though I’m pretty sure I don’t have nits, my head itches …!

    . #mummymondays

  14. June 16, 2015 / 1:30 am

    So funny; I have a post about lice on it’s way. Yep…TERRIFYING! But my hair (I’m biracial) is so full of leave-in conditioner and coconut oil that when my kids picked up lice at a slumber party, they had no chance with me, lol!
    How did we get rid of them?
    Nit picking. Very careful nit picking, one by one. (Fortunately, there weren’t too many.)
    I am also a fan of natural methods: coconut oil, tea tree oil…
    Thanks for hosting!

  15. June 16, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    We had Revenge of the Nits a couple of years back with my eldest and it was horrible, Late nights and combing that hurt her and me feeling dirty for weeks after. Tea tree oil in a spray bottle of water – sprayed on every day before school. I feel for you! #MummyMonday Mel xx

  16. We haven’t had the dreaded nits yet, but with two girls I’m pretty sure the day will come eventually! I make sure to always tie Punky’ hair back and plait it in an attempt to at least keep it a little bit away from other kids hair. The fact that she isn’t the most social of kids probably helps too! Having three sisters and a brother it was inevitable that we had them growing up and it was always the worst! I remember when I was 19, coming home from a friend’s house and Mum telling me that the girls (my youngest sisters, 6 and 8 years younger than me and so still in primary school) had them and I turned around and went right back to my friends house! Didn’t go back home until Mum was sure they were all gone! I wasn’t taking any chances on being that girl!