That sign has been up on the classroom door that we all dread seeing:
"We have had a confirmed case of head lice within the nursery".
Urgh! Every time I see it my heart sinks as I know the night long torture of doing the whole families hair will follow. Every parent fears the first time they encounter this and it is the biggest pain ever. It happens. Once your child starts attending nursery or school, it will happen, and that isn't what makes me angry. It's not even the cost of all the treatments (okay it may slightly be that), it's the parents who seem to do nothing about it.
We all know that parent and it frustrates me. It's a conversation that a few of my parent friends and I have had. We have a general understanding between us really that when the sign goes up, you treat your child's hair whether you find nits or not.
The quick succession of several cases makes me suspect that someone isn't sorting their child's hair and it really bugs me! I know it shouldn't and it's one of those times where you have to respect the parents, but when the whole class is having to do this every couple of weeks or so, what do you do? Do I carry on spending around £20 a go buying the treatments, shampoos etc. or do I say something to the nursery about maybe addressing the situation more with parents.
It's tricky. No one likes to be told their child may have head lice, I don;t like having to check my child, but we have to. We also have to check the whole family. I hate having to send message babysitters and friends to say "Oh, there's been another case of head lice at Lily's nursery, you may want to check [insert name her]'s hair". It's quite embarrassing and makes me feel like I haven't kept Lily clean or cared for her properly when I really do!
So what can I do about head lice?
Don't google it because you get so much contradictory information that you get more confused! I went around asking my friends what had worked for them and their children:
"Comb the hair every night for two weeks"
It's a pain, but it really will help get any eggs or nits that have slipped through the first treatment. It isn't always a nice experience, but it does make such a difference.
"Find the treatment shampoo for you and ALWAYS keep one in the cupboard"
Once you've found what works for you, make sure you always have some stocked up and use it regularly to keep the little pests at bay!
"Tea tree shampoo n conditioner head lice hate the smell if you don't want to pay a fortune for head lice treatment"
The cost of these treatments really does add up quickly with some costing up to £8 for one bottle. It's said that nits hate tea tree. Using a tea tree fragrances shampoo and conditioner could help keep them at bay a little longer than others.