Do you keep your kids out of school if they have hair lice? *Update in red*
So my kids, ages 8 and almost 4, love to play in a neighborhood park with my oldest's school mates after school every day. My little DD is very close to one of the preschoolers and plays with her every day at this park. I was talking with her father on Friday about making a playdate this weekend at his suggestion. We had decided that Sunday would be best.
Then he proceeds to tell me that on Saturday (yesterday) they had a professional "nit picker" coming to thier house because his little DD has had a bad case of head lice that they cannot correct for the past two weeks! And it has spread to his wife! And that he let her keep her hair down because she fusses too much if they put it up, even though she swings and handles her long hair all day long.
I then told him that we were very cautious about head lice because my oldest has such long hair (she always wears it in tight braids to school) she does not want to cut and that we would postpone the play date until his daughter was cleared. He seemed offended.
That evening, I found a single lice on my youngest DD's head. I immediatly treated her hair and have found no lice or nits since, so I am hoping this was a single transfer from Friday's playtime.
But geez Luis.....aren't you supposed to keep your kid home if they have a lice infestation?
*Update* So the professional NitPickers came to his house over the weekend and they are now declaired lice free with a 30 day guarantee! LOL. He seemed contrite about Friday. We seem to be lice free. But I guess I won't really know for sure if I missed a nit until a week from now. So for now, everything is OK...But I will question this Dad's judgement from now on.
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