Piojos, also knows as LICE. While many friends of ours in Palo Alto have had lice, we have always been fortunate to evade the bugs. We had heard that lice in Argentina are rampant and that, unlike in the United States, it’s not considered a big deal, however I remained hopeful that our luck would continue. Well, we finally got hit. And, we got hit hard.
Kate started complaining that her head was itchy a few days ago. So, I checked her for lice (note: I actually have lice training, so I know what to look for) and didn’t see anything. The next morning she was complaining a lot and so I checked her again AND…there it was…..LICE!! Yuck.
So, I immediately called the school and told them that we would be out for the day. They seemed very lax about the whole thing. I started to panic a little, but then went into research mode. I found a company here called “Chau Piojos” (or goodbye lice). I put the kids in a taxi and off we went.
The woman taught me how to use the fine little comb and told me about a special products to use on the hair. I had her check Jake and I too (yep, we both had it). She was lovely and guaranteed us that we were 100% lice free when we left. The entire process took about 2 1/2 hours, but it was good to know that we were bug free.
I learned that I should be doing this with Kate about 3 times a week b/c she will certainly get them again. Good to know that I have the tools and now I know what to do.
Until we meet again PIOJOS.