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Nits & Nits every week

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JugglingNStruggling Tue 13-Sep-11 17:56:46

Why is there no policy on nits, there used to be one years ago
is there any policy in Scotland or Wales or NI?
In America you are sent home if you have nits as it used to be in this country
I am absolutely fed up with doing the nits 3 times a week in school time
you get rid of them and they are back the next week
it seems there is a small minority who just don't do it and impose this never ending problem on the rest of us
what is wrong with sending kids home if they have nits?
there is no stigma any more
I know anybody can catch them, the stigma should be if you don't get rid of them
and its not the kids its the parents
there is no reason why it is such a huge problem
nanny state and nanny schools
I bet public schools don't have this problem
end of whinge
any constructive suggestions please

worraliberty Tue 13-Sep-11 18:00:13

Policies are down to individual schools I'm afraid.

It's a bugger but you just have to nit comb every night.

On the plus side, once they're in senior school they tend to get them far less

ReindeerBollocks Tue 13-Sep-11 18:02:04

Have you told your DCs teacher? I always let the class teacher know so she can let the other parents be aware if necessary. Although I agree with you, DS caught them in the first three days back which is irritating, and there were several letters last year asking parents to ensure that their children were nit free (including a handy fact sheet about re-treating a week later to make sure that children were clear).

I know I clear my childs lice promptly and properly, unfortunately that is the best we can do. Still annoying though.

<now my head feels all itchy confused >

Kayano Tue 13-Sep-11 18:02:37

I hate when DN gets them. Her mum doesn't seem to care, I wish there was still a stigma.

DN knows I'm freaked out by them and she won't be getting hugged lol

Proudnscary Tue 13-Sep-11 18:04:51

Ummm you sound a bit ranty - however nits are driving me up the frigging wall at the moment!

Yes it's irritating that some parents don't de-nit properly (and that they believe the shite that nit treatment adverts spew - THEY DON'T WORK) but my dc keep getting them and I am diligent about combing and really quite a dab hand at getting rid of them.

So it's not always the parent's fault and you can't know for definite that you have got every last teeny weeny one.

Bloodymary Tue 13-Sep-11 18:08:46

You bet public schools do not have this problem confused

JugglingNStruggling Tue 13-Sep-11 18:48:54

apologies for the rant
but did the nits , last Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday after they had started school on the Monday, perhaps I should be glad they didn't catch them the first day!
so had enough
just don't fancy doing that every week
or even most weeks
I think it is up to the schools because individual parents can't do anything
wrt public schools why don't they have the problem?
I think it is because if they had then the parents would be told about it

HeadfirstForHalos Tue 13-Sep-11 18:57:23

Gah, mine started back last weds and when I routinely checked their hair Sun I found 2 big juicy lice in dd1s hair. No eggs or small lice I combed for England.

It is frustrating but I guess it's just part of primary school life.

strictlovingmum Tue 13-Sep-11 18:59:34

Dab a little tea tree oil(pure, good quality one) "Australian Body Care" is the authentic and the original one in respect of being pure, one the forehead hairline, nape of neck and behind ears.
Since we started doing this more then year ago, we had no nits in the house, apparently nits hate the smell of tea tree oil and won't go anywhere near it. Eradicate them from bedding, towels, and whites in general by washing everything on 90 degrees.
It does really work, just make sure in the morning you dab the oil religiously, and that should be last of it.Good lucksmile

Mandy2003 Tue 13-Sep-11 19:44:51

My friend's DC is at private day school and has been sent home several times accused of having head lice. My friend says the school always do this to the mixed race children like her DC sadangry

pinkytheshrinky Tue 13-Sep-11 19:48:52

Honestly I cannot believe we can put a man on the Moon but they cannot find a way to bump off fecking nits.

JugglingNStruggling Tue 13-Sep-11 19:50:17

thnx that looks to be worth a try

did a quick search, amazon had some for 40ish quid and had a load of different products much cheaper

JugglingNStruggling Tue 13-Sep-11 19:54:12

I didnt think this was a race related issue at all
just purely "parents who don't do them" issue regardless of race

NineteenForever Tue 13-Sep-11 20:31:30

Yes, we've had this. DD7 had a sometime friend who always had them, and cheerfully passed them on. Some families just dont see the issue. Whenever she played with said kid, lice were back.

We use a nitty gritty comb (best £10 spent) and do it twice a week every week in term time.

Certain 'friend' left last term, certain amount of upset from DD- but no nits yet this term.

We also use the nitty gritty spray, circa £10 and usually lasts about 8months.

Tie back with pigtails seems also to help.

Graciescotland Tue 13-Sep-11 20:37:33

Second the tea tree oil. It's about eight quid out the chemist for a small bottle but it will at least a full school year.

DarcyBee Tue 13-Sep-11 20:42:20

I've just got rid of them from mine, Dh's and all DC's hair, was FURIOUS that SIL had allowed her kids to come and stay knowing full well they had nits!!!

Luckily they have never caught them from school, I would be inclined to go and speak to the teachers or maybe even the parents involved if DC's kept catching them off the same people again and again, who has time to be constantly de-licing?!

mumofbumblebea Tue 13-Sep-11 20:44:30

i have just completed teacher training and am now working as a teacher part time. after 4 years of studying and numerous school placements i got headlice quite a lot! i have been in schools that will call the childs parents to pick them up as soon as they spot headlice and some that only hand out a few letters and don't really have a policy. i think the best way is to have a quiet chat with parents after school if you have seen them itching their head but unfortunately some parents will do nothing about it! i agree about keeping your daughters hair tied back, plus also keep on at her about not playing with other girls hair (some girls will do this as soon as your back is turned!). i can understand your frustration though!

Tiredmumno1 Tue 13-Sep-11 20:53:04

Thanks for the tip with the australian tea tree oil, i looked on holland and barrett they do it for £4.19 for a ten ml bottle, i know where i am going tomorrow

lisad123 Tue 13-Sep-11 21:07:29

I hate them!
I have two girls, both have thick hair, the youngest has thick curls and it is he'll trying to get a nitty gritty comb though! sad
I did their hair three times in first week back and dd1 had 3 but dd2 had a fair amount. They really love her hair angry and I tie it up every day, we just can't get rid of them sad I do put tree tea on with I put conditioner in but they hate the smell but might try and see if I can't do neat, on hair lie, tbh I'm so ski of them I'm considering cutting hair off!

JugglingNStruggling Tue 13-Sep-11 22:20:18

the holland and barrett price sounds better

lurkinginthebackground Tue 13-Sep-11 22:26:23

Go and speak to the class teacher. Explain that you are concerned how frequently your child is catching nits from school. Say that it is getting her down or making her feel like she is to blame ....
at least the school should then sent out letters alerting parents of the nits.
Also tell your child not to put her head next to (ie touch heads) with anyone else at school. Easier said than done though.
If all else fails have a good moan to a confidant at school.

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