Pick Your Bug: Lice or Stomach Virus?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

This summer, my family was plagued by a common childhood bug which we never had the pleasure of hosting until I noticed my youngest child incessantly scratching the back of his head.  Oh, we had suspected their appearance before -- with scouting reports from teachers or other parents announcing their debut in a classroom or another home.  Yet, we had dodged the little parasite for 16+ years of parenting...until June.
Now that I've had my experience with the little critters and the required delousing of the house, I've realized the extra laundry and time it took to rid ourselves of the elusive creatures, and I likened it to the family passing along a stomach virus.  So, quirky person that I am and lover of surveys and polls, I started offering up my unscientific question to moms whom I knew well and those I had never met.  Which would YOU rather have to deal with in your house...a case of lice or a bout with a tummy bug and why?



5 comments:

  1. Tummy bug! We've never had lice, but my kids have incredibly thick, wavy hair and it would be a nightmare looking for all the nits. And the bedding! Oi. If a few get left behind and get romantic, the whole ordeal would start again. At least with a tummy bug, it's usually over and out in a day or two. And you get to sip ginger ale and watch movies in between trips to the loo.

    (I am quaking, thinking I just tempted fate by announcing we've never had lice...isn't that how the internet works? You announce something, and the opposite happens.)

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    1. Completely understand, Gretchen. My hair can achieve such status that it requires its own zipcode. When I found them in mine this summer, I called my husband at the office and told him I understood if he left me. I was officially going CRAZY!

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  2. I would much rather deal with the tummy bug- it's horrible but temporary .... on the lice part- when I was a kid I had hair down to my knees, but one day my brother came home with yep, lice! Yuck- well, I got it and my hair had to be cut - what a sad day!

    And like Gretchen's kids, ours get to lay low, get ginger ale and/or gatorade and get to hang out - it's nice and sometimes they fake illness to get some ginger ale. haaa

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    1. It seems that the throw-ups are preferable to the parasitical scalp dwellers! Well, now we know!

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  3. I definitely choose stomach bug too - it's over so quickly! Lice are bugs and that just creeps me out too much.

    So sorry you have to deal with this!

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