I'm almost embarrassed to post this, and I hope this is the right forum.
I got lice from my little 15 month dd. We didn't know she had lice, just noticed she was scratching her head vigorously all the time. She had thick hair. We live in rural India and I'm sure she got it from our neighbor. Apparently it's common here.
We shaved her head, hoping to make her more comfortable, and also easy to take care of (she screams when we wash her hair). Babies heads are usually shaved here in India where we live so it's not a big deal.
Anyway, fast forward 3 weeks, and I discovered the little buggers in my hair just a couple of days ago. My head had been itching for a few weeks and I've got rashes on my neck, which I thought was an allergy to seafood because I ate a lot on a trip 3 weeks ago (I'm mildly allergic).
I used some kind of anti-lice treatment (its like conditioner) from the drugstore and spent the last 2 days combing. My head still itches terribly, to the point where sleep is disturbed. Besides that, I just feel really gross knowing there's lice and eggs in my hair.
I'm breastfeeding around the clock still so I'm hesitant about using any chemicals. Actually, I really want to shave my head if shaving gets rid of them 100%. I co-sleep with dd and certainly don't want her to get them again. My dh prefers me to keep my hair and asked me to try combing them out, and reassess after a week.
Is a week enough to get rid of all the nits? Any advice?
Thanks for reading!