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On 11 Jul 2010 at 9:20pm upton wrote:
Hell has decended. my lovelys had headlice. i informed the school.and treated them with the recomended treatment overnight.as per instruction. success. or so i thought. today more of the buggers. now i know i did it right as they were drenched in the stuff and followed instructions to the letter. Why is it that it appears the other parents dont bother to treat thier darlings. Are thiers the only kids in existance not to need to be checked! dont they know that you only itch when they irritate the skin? mine were not scratching, i check every week and discovered them on the regular screening. why do i bother is becoming my favourite winge!!!!
On 11 Jul 2010 at 10:44pm Decent Citizen wrote:
There is something called( I believe) a buzz comb. Wash, put loads of conditioner on and buzz. Unfortunately there are parents not as observant as you. Apparently thread worms are often found at the same time. The childs sleep is often disturbed. Pity Nitty Nora was dropped .Years ago. Any child found to be infected were sent home, with enough jollop to treat all the family. This was followed up and seemed to work as I recall. Good luck don"t despair,school holidays soon!
On 12 Jul 2010 at 5:31am Egg flied lice wrote:
My daughter was always coming home from primary school with them. Once i got 30 out of her hair at various stages of growth and we check her hair almost daily !!!
Trouble was, one of her best friends was crawling in them and her parents did nothing. You could actually see them moving around in her hair.
The kids have now gone to seperate secondary schools and we haven't had a single creepy crawlie since.
On 12 Jul 2010 at 5:16pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Can't you use Frontline on children? It would be much easier!
On 12 Jul 2010 at 7:17pm Pearlie wrote:
I work in a school and we frequently have kids with them hopping off their eyebrows and swinging from their hair but are we allowed to contact home - no. Something to do with WSCC, don't know if it's the same round here. I get kids telling me about other kids and I'm not even allowed to approach said child, and tell them. We can pass it to pastoral staff but what can they do? With stupid rules like these what can you do. Bring back Nitty Nora, I've been itching all day just thinking about it.
On 12 Jul 2010 at 9:05pm juju wrote:
As a parent you are no longer allowed to keep your child off school to clear head lice it is classed as an unauthorised absence. Great so you are meant to send them in with hair tied back and hope that this does the trick for other children.
Treatments have to be repeated after 7 days and all members of the household have to be treated as well.
it is frustrating I would rather keep my child home to treat and comb and send back knowing that I had tried to do my best by my own child and their classmates!
Many treatments are inaffective and then you have those that contain pesticides which cause many problems for children with skin and health problems, there is no simple solution. Those of us who treat our kids spend a fortune on treatment ony to find they have been reinfested by another child.
On 12 Jul 2010 at 10:47pm mr topsy-turvy wrote:
we have 2 kids at Wallands and seem to get a letter home in the book bag from school on average once a month stating that someone in the class has headlice. It instructs us to check thoroughly just in case. We check our kids at least once a week with a buzz comb which seems to keep em at bay. It states on the buzz comb instructions that it is a waste of time checking hair when dry, it must be wet and have conditioner in it. Ooh.. why do i always start itching my head every time i think about them..!
On 13 Jul 2010 at 8:43am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Perhaps all children should be made to wear shower caps while at school, so any visitors would stay on their own heads and not spread to others.
I think it's vile, and absolutely ludicrous that a school isn't allowed to contact the families. Surely an intreated infestation is neglect?
On 14 Jul 2010 at 7:50pm Pearlie wrote:
I agree, welcome to the world of education. If it's not one ridiculous rule it's another.
On 14 Jul 2010 at 11:44pm Bartleby wrote:
on the other hand, where's the harm in a few headlice? you're covered in other little animals anyway, no matter how much cillit bang you pour into your bath every morning
On 15 Jul 2010 at 1:01pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
the only way to get rid of every little bugger is to shave the head completely. Schools with an outbreak should be informing the parents, but of course parents should also be informing the schools if their child has lice. Incidentally lice LOVE clean shiny hair, so best not wash your kids hair so often. We found using one of the proprietry lice products from a chemist works if you follow up by using conditoner and lice combing every night for at least a week after. And tie long hair back to minimise risk of contagion, and even get your child to wear a headband/ cap in class to maximise protection.

The good news is they seem to grow out of catching them by about YR 5/ YR 6.

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