A Mom Blogger Found a Cure to Head Lice

Hearing someone say “Head Lice” makes everyone itch! But we love to prevent and fight head lice and we love even more when we read reviews about our products.

Earlier in February, Rebecca Woolf, author of Girl’s Gone Child, wrote a great review on our head lice preventation Mint Spray.

Girl’s Gone Child is a blog that has been featured in the The New York Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Angeleno and NPR, was recently named Blog of the Year by and was a finalist for Lifetime Achievement in the 2011 Bloggies. 

Below is the post.
Thank you Rebecca for such a great review.



So. Update on the lice front because after dealing with what we spent (two months, ugh) dealing with I wanted to suggest a product that is now our BFF. Because while the Cetaphil worked for Archer and me (and my mom who also got lice. From us. Sorry, mom) it came back TWICE for Fable AKA the Cetaphil was far from preventative which meant GAME OVER for Fable who enjoys sharing headbands and princess crowns and hair clips and hats and wigs and hats and crowns and crowns and crowns with everyone at school.

Enter Ladibugs (chemical free) lice solution, which worked in ONE sitting and whose preventative prowess has kept us lice-free all month. (ED: Nobody paid me to write this. I’m just really grateful for their products during this not-so-fantastic “journey”.) Also, this spray lives by the door so every morning before school I can spritz the kids’ hair and they dig it because it smells like candy canes:


Anyway. Lice has become my thing these past few months (I’m the official lice check mom at both kids’ schools what’s up) and I’m totally thinking of starting a delousing business called Lice, Lice, Baby and I’m not even kidding. In the meantime, for those dealing with the headache that is headlice, THIS IS YOUR BOYFRIEND. Over and out.


Some experts say head lice are no big deal

WCVB- Boston Channel


BOSTON —If you’ve ever had a child in school, you’ve heard about head lice. Maybe someone in your family has had a case of those pesky creatures.

But one expert says lice infestation is no big deal. And students shouldn’t miss even one day of school because of it.

Noreen Cavanaugh of Lice Doctors said all it takes is olive oil, a special comb and persistence to get rid of lice– parasitic bugs that live and breed on the head, most often in children.

“Olive oil smothers the adult head lice,” said Cavanaugh.

Lice do not spread disease and have nothing to do with bad hygiene. But some schools have no-lice policies. When her 10-year-old got head lice, Amy Vergne reported it to the Newton schools. She was told her daughter had to stay home until the lice were gone.

“I can understand people that don’t want to say it. But then you have your child getting it because someone else didn’t say it, and it just goes on,” said Vergne.

But parasitologist Richard Pollack says no student should miss a day of school because he or she has head lice.

“Schools get hysterical. There’s this yuck factor associated with it, this emotional baggage. Head lice doesn’t cause disease in kids, it’s not that readily transmitted. It requires direct head to head contact, usually prolonged contact,” said Pollack.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of School Nurses ALL agree that in-school transmission is rare and children with head lice or nits should not be excluded from school.

It is important to treat head lice. Over-the-counter products can work. But some contain pesticides which can irritate the scalp. Sometimes the problem goes away by just using a special comb.

But Pollack said beware of over-treatment and misdiagnosis.

“What’s needed is the expertise to know it’s a louse. You need the visual acuity,” said said Pollack.

Pollack’s Harvard School of Public Health study screened more than 10,000 schoolchildren who were said to have lice. A large number did not have them.

“They were misidentified; they were bits of dandruff and debris,” he said.

“This is not a health issue. But when you’re the parent and you have a child that has lice, this can be very upsetting,” said Cavanaugh.

Every school has a different policy when it comes to head lice. So check with your district’s school nurse.

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