So here goes. Dd got home from school saying she is itching so checked for headlice found some so treated her and the family. Treated again and got us all clear. The school is on this and has asked all parents to treat their children. So this is why I am pissed 😤 she has got them again. She has said that one family do not treat their kids so I am furious that we make sure we are treating ours but thinking now why I should bother when she keeps getting them. Help
Ah this happens all the time, did you treat again after 1 week?? Sometimes you can miss a couple of eggs and they just start breeding again. Also make sure she never goes to school with her hair down, but in a plait or tight pony. I never had lice through school, because my hair was always pulled back so tight I looked constantly surprised 😂😂 DD has a time of getting them constantly and it freaked me out. She now looks like I did haha x
You just have to keep treating. Make sure hair is tied in plaits or a bun and spray tea tree in it. Nitty gritty comb every other day to keep on top of it. Yes it's a right pain when others don't but you couldn't leave her itchy could you?! I think the comb is actually best as I don't think any lotions that say they kill eggs actually do. I've treated my son with them and still found eggs under by his neck after.
As a teacher of reception aged children I wish there was more we could do about headlice. We also send out letters weekly (honestly it's that bad) and it's the same children re-infecting the others because some parents just CBA. We are not allowed to do anymore than this and so nothing changes. I personally think leaving your child with headlice is abuse and I've seen children with bleeding and infected scalps because they have itched so much and not been treated. My heart breaks for these children because all we can do is refer to school nurse who's visits are few and far between and flag it as a potential safeguarding issue but nothing gets done. The parents of children who do treat headlice end up endlessly frustrated at letters and often complain to me but what else can I do.. I'd love to have a solution.
Send a bill to the school? We don’t keep the headlice in our cupboards and let them out deliberately. How can it possibly be the school responsibility? In my 40 years of teaching infants I have been told so many times it is my fault. I wish I could do more to eradicate them, my own included, but ultimately it is the responsibility of parents. Not the schools fault if parents don’t bother. Sorry.
Tea tree oil kept them at bay with my kids, we managed to get out of high school without getting them. But our school was militant (not in UK), they would hound the parents of the poor child who had them until they were treated. One or two families even had Social services intervention as they kept getting them.
it's the same children re-infecting the others because some parents just CBA
We had a dreadful time when DC2 was in his early years of primary. The same two girls kept reinfecting the class. They were both in bad home situations, but honestly, you start to lose any sympathy for that when you're delousing your child (and sometimes yourself after helping in the classroom) every few weeks. It only stopped when both girls left the school around the same time.