A child with head lice

Ramona - posted on 10/27/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I need some good advice I have two friends I have known for quite some time they just recently got divorced they have two children an 8 year girl and 13 year old boy in which they have joint custody.well since summer break his daughter was found infested with head lice the dad had her professional treated twice she also seen the Dr two time in one month and found lice now his son was infested with lice he treated his hair as well. the nurse at both the kids school found eggs in there hair.this has been going on since summer I ask the kids doesn't your mommy check your hair, they said she says she tired she will check it tomorrow.I feel sorry for the children my friends tell me to report her to CPS and have the father get full custody

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/28/2014

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Seriously, not having a child bathe daily (or even every other day) is (again) not a reason to call cps. These children are plenty old enough to be responsible for their own hygiene, and as Dove stated, can even do their own comb outs. Dad should be teaching them this as well, it's not just mom's responsibility.

You would seriously recommend that a child be completely removed from a biological parent because their standard of cleanliness is not the same as yours? How about you make sure that you and yours are perfect before accusing others of poor parenting? You claim to be 'friends' of both parents, but it certainly sounds like you have it in for mom, and fully support dad. So...what's your true interest? The kids, or their father?

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Lynn - posted on 11/19/2015

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It is always good go professional when dealing with head lice since they are very difficult to get rid of if you do not know what you are doing. Look up a good head lice removal service in your area and make sure they are legit. There are some companies that ae scams. So do your research

The Pink Combs Mobile Head Lice Removal Service was helpful with my head lice situation and they cater to the southern states: Georgia, Tennessee, florida, south Carolina, north Carolina

There website is www.thepinkcombs.com

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2014

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We understood and told you that a head lice infestation isn't a reason to call CPS. Yes we understand that she isn't treating them but they can treat themselves. Give them the stuff to take home with them and they can do it.
Like we have all said, CPS have more important cases to look into, don't waste their time when it could cost a child their life.

Raye - posted on 10/28/2014

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If she is your friend, have a talk with her and let her know she should be participating in resolving this issue. Both parents and both kids should be doing what they can to get rid of the lice, and that involves getting the bugs and eggs out of their hair, cleaning the bedding, brushes, combs, etc., and spraying carpet, couch, curtains, and any other fabric surface in the common rooms of both houses (make sure any pets are removed until the spray is dry).

Even if the kids are trying, if the mother is not helping it will most likely be impossible to eradicate the lice from her home - and the kids will keep getting re-infested.

Dove - posted on 10/28/2014

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They are also plenty old enough to take care of their own personal hygiene and shower themselves....

Dove - posted on 10/28/2014

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They are old enough to do their own comb outs. Get them a good nit comb (we have Licemeister) and tell them to comb and comb and comb until they can comb for 10 minutes w/out finding a single bug and egg... and to do that every couple of days for a couple of weeks.

This is frustrating, but in and of itself is not worth taking the kids away from their mother over. Not even close.

Ramona - posted on 10/28/2014

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I guess you didn't understand what I wrote on the post he is taking care of it . but every time he returns the children to his ex wife she doesn't follow up on it when the kids return to Him they have the lice back in their hair when he asked his children doesn't want me check your hair and they always say mommy says she's too tired she will do it tomorrow so the way I see it is that one parent is taking care of it but the other parent is not following up to help the other it's the same for their hygiene they don't take showers when they're with their mother every time the father get the children they tell him they haven't showed in days

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/28/2014

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This would not be a cps offense. Have you ever experienced lice infestation? They aren't easy to get rid of. Unless both parents are treating everything in the house every time they're found, the lice will never be gotten rid of. Its a HUGE undertaking, and if you miss even one little thing, you're back to square one.

Michelle - posted on 10/28/2014

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Not checking for head lice isn't a reason for cps to take the children away from her. He needs to make sure he treats the children as well as all the bedding. Maybe he should get all the treatments and give them to the Mother so she can treat when they are with her.

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