I have sensitive skin and eyes and I've had problems with peppermint oil before. If your daughter is indeed not being melodramatic - and the fact that she does it consistently and claims that it hurts and, as you say, is one tough little cookie - it's possible that even the tiniest bit could be hurting her eyes. Natural doesn't necessarily always mean non-allergenic. She could just have very sensitive eyes.
Could you perhaps try something else? As an experiment, perhaps spray her with water instead but don't tell her it's different. If she carries on about that too, it might be more reassuring to know that she's not actually in pain and is just being a bit dramatic about it.
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21-06-2014 16:24 #21
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21-06-2014 16:31 #23
My dd used to hate having her hair washed, even though it wasn't hurting her she'd scream . I'd probably try getting her to hold goggles just over her eyes, or maybe buy a pair of cute sunnies that she can wear when you are doing her hair.
I find it really hard doing hair in the mornings and that's without any extra stuff, good luck!
21-06-2014 16:37 #24
I think the majority of posters here havent meant to come across that way.
Having your DD that distressed is obviously not good though. Having her have nits every week isnt good either - so its a difficult balance.
Hope you find a way to get her to understand it wont hurt her.
21-06-2014 16:48 #25
You're not a bad mum at all and of course you know your daughter best.
Its just that you mentioned "its deadly if you get it in the eyes" makes it sound pretty harsh, so suggestions of other formulas is suggestions that may help you.
Sounds like if she remembers the original pain if the weekly treatment and knows its because of lice and now you're saying you need to treat or prevent lice and to protect her eyes, she remembers the pain if the first lice treatment.
You are right it does sound behavioral (freaking out before something bad happens), but its not naughty behaviour.
Perhaps try and sit with her and explain why its so important to use this new treatment and tell her its so she doesn't have to endure the actual pain like last time.
I also agree with a pp in that if you can show her using it on your hair, she may be more likely to relax about it.
Even if you can find a you tube video of a kid having something/anything in their hair and show they are okay, she may relax a bit.
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