There’s never been a more dreaded sight for a parent than seeing your offspring go to town on their scalp, digging in with their dirty fingernails, while a fine cloud of dry skin wafts into the air.
‘Tis the season to be nitty, and all the kids are bringing home a treat for the school holidays: a big ol’ head of lice.
But you know what’s worse than your kid getting headlice? The little grot you’re babysitting contracting the bugs.
Surely no one but a parent should have to deal with the joyous and not at all gross task of delousing? Right? Right!? RIGHT?
An email came through for the This Glorious Mess podcast this week, from a loyal listener who we shall keep anonymous, and instead call The Nanny.
In her email, The Nanny shared her woeful tale of creepy crawlies.
“I’ve worked as a nanny for five years now, but I was almost put off my by first job. I only lasted three months with the family, because I got headlice from them three times,” she said.
“The kids were constantly scratching their heads and sometimes I could see lice crawling in one of the little girl’s fringes.”