As a relatively new dad with two toddlers, outbreaks of bedbugs and head lice concern me more than ever before. The health risks, stealth outbreaks and creepy-crawly nature of bedbugs and head lice prompt paranoia and create real problems. These pests are also great at prompting intense discussion, empathy and stories among fellow dads! Indeed, that’s what happened on the latest episode of the Cast of Dads.
C.C. Chapman and Brad Powell, co-hosts on the Cast of Dads, were recently attacked by head lice in their Boston and Austin communities. Head lice are not life-threatening, but they are a major nuisance and uncomfortable for little kids — they feed exclusively on human blood. Getting them out of your scalp calls for all sorts of medicated, natural and homemade (sometimes weird) remedies. Getting them out of your home calls for washing all linens and clothing, vacuuming carpets and upholstery and sterilizing or throwing away hair-care items.
New York, where my family lives, has been under siege by bedbugs. The blood-sucking pests have attackedÂ the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale’s and even the United Nations — not to mention countless hotels, apartments and other venues with attractives nests, including sofas, couches, beds and carpets. Laura and I were considering a night at a fancy New York City hotel for our upcoming wedding anniversary, but our fear of bedbugs killed that plan.
For tales and tips on dealing with outbreaks of these microscopic pests — and keeping your busy household intact — I encourage you to listen to our latest episode of the Cast of Dads.
If you like the Cast of Dads, tell your friends and subscribe via iTunes.Â Cast of Dads is a group of podcasting and blogging dads who gather to gab aboutÂ fatherhood. The cast of dads includes C.C. Chapman, Jeffrey Sass, Max Kalehoff, Michael Sheehan, and Brad Powell, who collectively represent 13 kids from the youngest of babies to full grown adults. Each of them brings a unique perspective to being a father.
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