Bailey - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )
My niece and nephew live with their mother out of state. They are here this summer visiting their father who is my husband's brother. My brother-in-law asked me to watch them part of the time while he's at work because he can't afford to pay anyone to babysit. I am a stay-at-home mother with four young children of my own, AND I'm expecting my 5th child in March. My niece gave head lice to my 2 year old daughter and I. After I found the bugs, my niece told me that she has had head lice "off and on" ever since they moved to New Jersey a year and a half ago!! She said she has been treated 5 times, most recently just before she got on the plane to come here. Her mother did not inform her father of this. Apparently, my mother-in-law knew, and didn't think to tell me even though I would be watching the girl. The kids then told their father that the little girl has been forbidden by her mother to speak about the head lice at school. They also have a younger half-sister that has a severe infestation of lice. Obviously I'm furious with their mother and my mother-in-law for not telling me about this, but more than that I'm very much concerned about these children. I'm wondering if I should turn her in for child abuse, or at the very least, encourage my brother-in-law to do so. I'm shocked that this woman would knowingly allow all the other children that her kids come in contact with to be exposed to this. I wonder what the other parents whose children go to school with these girls would have to say about it.