Hypothetically, if our family had to deal with a case of lice, it might just feel like the worst thing in the world. Panic might set in at the thought of bugs crawling all over our furniture, our bedding, stuffed animals, jackets, not to mention all 6 of our heads.
Hypothetically, how does one even begin to tackle such a daunting task? While I would rather not say how I know this, I will say that I now know exactly what needs to happen. The washing machine will get a workout from washing everyone's bedding and jackets and any other clothes that don't often get washed. Stuffed animals and other non-washables get bagged up for 2 weeks. Furniture and rugs get vacuumed.
Everyone except the baby will get their heads washed with lice-removing shampoo. Thankfully, the baby doesn't have enough hair to worry too much about bugs hiding away. Hair by hair, strand by strand, mom will check each head for eggs. These do not just "comb out" and must be removed individually by hand. This step will probably have to be repeated a few times during the first few days because it would be dreadful to overlook any eggs and have to start this process all over again.
Of course, Mom will need to trust that Dad is able to check her own head carefully. This can be a real test for how much trust they have built up in their marriage.
One weeks later everyone will get a second treatment with the lice shampoo. Mom may stop having nightmares about scalps crawling with bugs. She might also stop seeing "bugs" crawling all over things from the corner of her eyes.
And one of these days, hypothetically speaking, she may stop scratching her head...