Repeated headlice infestations
I’m at my wits end with my kids repeatedly getting headlice - I’m guessing at their BUSD elementary school. We’re on our 4th round since March 2019. Whenever either of my kids gets lice, we do the whole house cleaning thing and running pillow cases and towels through the dryer. We even have our housekeeper doing bed linen laundry now so it’s cleaned even more often - it’s ridiculous. We treat every person with hair in the house with Nix (3 times 7-9 days apart) AND nit comb daily, then every other day, then every 3 days, then weekly after that. Forever. Until I find lice again (~ 2 months later). And then we repeat the cycle. Our only respite has been summer break (in camps - still around tons of kids). One of my kids’ classrooms has been infested all year based on the notes coming home. The other I’m not sure about because I don’t get a notice even when I notify the teacher and room parent that my kid has lice - I assume they’re just not notifying? The whole thing is extremely time consuming (hours of lice combing), expensive (lice shampoos, extra housekeeper time, so much electricity for the dryer), and just frustrating. I’ve tried lice repellents (which I’m pretty sure don’t do anything), repeatedly notifying the school, and I’ve spoken to my pediatrician who basically said keep doing what you’re doing. I’ve told my kids to never share hats or hair products, never put their heads on the rugs and pillows at school, etc. And they’re motivated - they are not fans of the lice combing. What else can we do? Has anyone else experienced this and broken the cycle?