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to expect more than a week of school time before my children come home with lice!

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pipibarola Thu 06-Sep-07 22:19:00

After a wonderful lice free summer, my children, 5&8 years old, have already managed to pick up a few mature lice in just their first 3 days back at school. How does this happen? Are there really parents out there that did not take the opportunity of a 6 week break to clear the heads of their children? Call me naive, but it's not rocket science - all you need is a bit of conditioner and a nit comb.

What can I do to get the school to take this seriously? Any suggestions? I've struggled with this with issue for 4 years already and I'm losing patience. All I've seen the school do is pass out the odd note when it gets too rife to ignore. Can we bring back the nit nurse?

SleeplessInTheStaceym11House Thu 06-Sep-07 22:31:23

i get angry also (my dd isnt even at school yet)

but to answer you yes there are parents who dont do it, one being my MIL she has an 11yo and a 9yo, they each came to stay with me for a week in the holidays, i de-bugged them whilst they were here.

2 weeks later dd is there for the day and comes back with them again!

makes me so angry!!!

Nymphadora Fri 07-Sep-07 10:11:21

MIne both came home with them yesterday, treated last night, PO already

LadyVictoriaOfCake Fri 07-Sep-07 10:13:49

errrrrrr i have spent the whole six weeks delousing my children with combing every bloody night. they are just particually hard tio shift this summer. so sorry if your kids may have picked them up off kids like mine, but i have tried my hardest to shift them.

gobledegook Fri 07-Sep-07 10:23:55

Not unreasonable but maybe unrealistic. One of mine kept getting it in the summer until she changed friends. But why when we have cures for terrible illnesses and magic bullets can't the pharmaceutical industry find something that kills headlice without damaging our dcs. ?????

heebyjeeby Fri 07-Sep-07 14:26:21

I work at my daughters school at lunchtimes and noticed what looked like eggs in her hair yesterday lunchtime.I asked a teacher to check as I'd never seen them before. Several teachers said yes it was lice eggs and she was sent home. Stopped off at the chemist and he thought it was too, so I bought the shampoo and comb,etc only to find it wasnt lice but CRADLE CAP, causing a flaky scalp! My chemist said he'd sold 4 lice combs that day...TWO days in to term!! He offered me a refund on the shampoo n comb but I reckon I should hang on to them!


sparklygothkat Fri 07-Sep-07 14:38:43

I spent most of the 6 weeks trying to get rid of them too, like misdee. I managed to clear DS and DD2 of them about 3 weeks in, but DD1 kept catching them, possibly from playscheme. So it is possible

hennipenni Sat 08-Sep-07 22:04:20

Blardy things, having spent six weeks hols getting rid of the little *****, DD was back for 3 whole days before I found them again.

pipibarola Tue 11-Sep-07 08:35:51

So, you all sound a lot more calm than me. Maybe I should just chill out and accept it. Or maybe I should go on a mission and see where it gets me - probably nowhere but hey ho, nothing ventured....I've emailed the school and they've decided to ignore that too. What next?

pipibarola Tue 11-Sep-07 08:35:51

So, you all sound a lot more calm than me. Maybe I should just chill out and accept it. Or maybe I should go on a mission and see where it gets me - probably nowhere but hey ho, nothing ventured....I've emailed the school and they've decided to ignore that too. What next?

iliketosleep Tue 11-Sep-07 10:08:15

i had a similar problem, my dd2 kept coming home with them, i thought i had got rid of them as i went through her hair with a fine comb everyday, i sent her to school that morning and she was clean!...

what i FORGOT to do blush is check dd1s hair. I had a phone call from the school saying can you come and pick her up please as she is crawling with lice blushblush

So i get them both and bring them home get them both in the bath used about half a bottle each of conditioner and sat for about 3 hours getting them out! When i was sure they had all gone the next day i sent them back to school and guess what....

dd2 came out of school again crawling with lice angry

so i turned around to the school who didnt seem to care to much and said they are not coming back here until something has been done, call education whatsits or whatever but im not having dd come out of school with nits every day because one parent obviously cant be arsed to do there childs hair....

I had a call a few days later saying the problem had been sorted, and she hasnt had them since grin


Dabbles Tue 11-Sep-07 10:22:58

Can we start a national nit nurse campaign??

southeastastra Tue 11-Sep-07 10:25:11

i said on another thread, that on the radio they were saying nits are more resistant to treatments now. i don't believe a word of it and blame the lack of a nit nurse. but i suppose they cost too much hmm

OrmIrian Tue 11-Sep-07 10:28:54

ladyvictoria - ditto! I had them 100% clear - I even had to take them to the hairdressers 2 weeks ago and she checked them all before cutting their hair. And the night before they went back to school I had to do a panic de-louse as they had come back. Had they picked them up from friends? from the cat? from the sofa cushions? I have no idea! So the kids who came back to school with lice might well have been treated during the holidays and still got them from somewhere.

iliketosleep Tue 11-Sep-07 10:47:46

i agree with dabbles we should start a camapaign to get them brought back!

juuule Tue 11-Sep-07 10:51:49

And what can the nit-nurse do? Tell parents when the kids have nits? Most already know that anyway.

gringottsgoblin Tue 11-Sep-07 10:54:12

southeastastra they are more resistant to treatment, i left full marks on ds for longer than they say and the little blighters were still crawling when i combed them out. i didnt bother with the magic potions after that, went to nitty gritty comb which is far better

but since my kids changed schools to one where there is a rule that all long hair is tied back they have gone from having them every other week to not having them once in a year (am sure have just cursed self and they will come home crawling now). so i would recommend getting onto school to introduce hair tie rule

iliketosleep Tue 11-Sep-07 10:57:28

but some do not

juuule Tue 11-Sep-07 10:59:08

And when they've told them, what then?

OrmIrian Tue 11-Sep-07 11:04:59

There was a 'nit nurse' on CBBC Newsround the other day. The presenter asked her what was the secret for dealing with lice and I sat up thinking that she'd have some magic solution. She said to check regularly with a lice detector comb and if they were there to treat them.......and? and? We can all find the damn things but what we all want is a bloody magic bullet to get rid of the little bleeders.... and keep them gone.

juuule Tue 11-Sep-07 11:10:51

Exactly OrmIrian. Which is why I can't see the point of re-introducing the nit-nurse to tell us what we already know.

iliketosleep Tue 11-Sep-07 11:13:54

ok it was just a suggestion blush

OrmIrian Tue 11-Sep-07 11:26:07

I think it would be a great idea liketosleep - but not if all she is going to do is humiliate the kids with lice. If she can actually help get rid of the little horrors she'd have my total support. I spend way too much of my time combing, treating and generally making my DCs miserable sadnot to welcome some real help.

southeastastra Tue 11-Sep-07 11:28:22


juuule Tue 11-Sep-07 11:28:37

I'd be all for it,too, Iliketosleep, if she could do anything about it.

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