My poor little guy has pink eye in both eyes. He woke up Sunday morning at 6:45 A.M., but I knew something was wrong because he was crying and calling for me—and he usually comes running into my room, jumps in my bed and asks for “milky” and cartoons. I found him sitting up in bed, holding his left eye and crying, “it’s stuck! I can’t see you.” I knew right away my kiddo had pink eye. I led him into the bathroom and applied a warm compress. After I cleaned his eyes, we played and ate breakfast. At 8:30 A.M. I called our awesome pediatrician practice that has weekend hours. I made an appointment for 9:45 A.M.
Yep, JD has pink eye in both eyes. Our Ped gave us prescription gel ointment, which I must say has been a delight to administer. JD had pink eye once before as a baby and I was able to use the drops because he was pretty unaware of meds drip-dropping into his eyes. He won't take medicine, so I couldn't imagine, holding him down and putting drops in his eyes. In fact, I imagined, asking my friend who lives downstairs to help! But, the gel ointment is great. I just swipe it on with my finger. JD didn't budge! Thank you, God. No, really.
Now, since we were at the Ped’s...IaskedhimtocheckJD’sheadforLice. Last Friday I blogged about getting a letter from his school alerting me to the fact that confirmed cases of head lice were reported and students were removed from the school. JD’s teachers checked his head and saw nothing, but I bought RID as a precaution and shampooed both of us on Friday night. I continued to check his head (and mine -- WHAT!?) with a tiny comb and saw nothing, though I swear my head has been itching since I got the letter! The Ped checked JD’s head with a little light and said to continue to check near his ears and neck, but as of now my kiddo is Lice-Free. My friend gave him a fairly short haircut (I chickened out with the buzz-cut) and also saw no nits, eggs or buggies. But, she did recommend I massage rosemary hair oil into his hair before his next day at school.
Why? Well, my research maintains...
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) is a native Mediterranean shrub and the strong fragrance of rosemary makes it a natural insect repellent, and the oil is well known to smother and suffocate pests. Rosemary not only stimulates hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth, but is also a nourishing conditioner and tonic for the hair itself, leaving the strands soft and silky and easy to comb.
You better believe I went to my local health food store and bought a bottle. And you better believe I am, yes, admittedly paranoid about my kid getting Lice and giving it to me -- is JD aware of this? No, he's not in MY head. I realize Lice is not dangerous, doesn’t transmit disease and certainly does not coincide with filth. But I don’t want bugs in my kid’s hair (do you?) and since he is currently Lice-Free and rosemary may keep him that way, I’m trying it. It smells good, too.
I hope this blog was helpful to you. Ask your Ped about prescription gel ointment for pink eye if your little one, like mine, is resistant to drops and try rosemary hair oil if your kid is Lice-Free, but his classmates or friends have it (be sure to pay attention to the ears and neck).
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Full disclosure: I don't rep RID.