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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