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    Help with head lice campaign

    Hi guys

    Another day of frustration as my 6 year old daughter comes home from school yet again with head lice, now im not ashamed of this as i treat her as soon as i spot them and check her regulary, but what gets me frustrated is the amount of times she seems to get them, its obvious that some parents at her school dont bother to check/treat their kids :x i think this is a combination of many reasons, not knowing what to look for, cost, a childs resistance to be checked. The school itself does very little, the odd mention to check in a news letter so im taking it upon myself to do something!

    What i want to do is start a bug busting campaign and include a synchronised check and treat weekend, with lots of promotion including posters, newsletters ect, i also want to get together party type bags which include relevant fact sheets, stickers, badges, even free nit combs/products if poss, the idea is to get the kids involved so i thought a picture to colour over the said weekend with a caption like 'i was a bug buster' maybe turn it into a competition?

    the idea is to give all parents the info and material to check the kids at the same time, hopefully erradicating the problem,also educating them on keeping on top of them, tho the school will let me proceed obviously it all has to be free

    The help i want from you guys is any thoughts or suggestions?

    any ideas where i can ask or help such as free combs, stickers, partybags?

    all thoughts are appreciated

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    It's a shame, but I guess the main reason is that kids bang heads so many times lol.

    Once your kids are all in high school you'll never get them ever again. :giggle:

    They are really annoying, I wish you so much luck with it all.

    Try and approach your local surestart lou, although they are for under 4's i'm sure they will be able to help.

    Its a great idea my two are boys so haven't had them for a couple of years, but i am aware of the trouble they are to get rid of.

    Contact the makers of Hedrin, see if you can get any backing

    Thornton and Ross Limited
    Linthwaite,
    Huddersfield,
    HD7 5QH

    Telephone: (01484) 842217

    Email: [email protected]

    Original Poster

    BECKYBOO

    Try and approach your local surestart lou, although they are for under … Try and approach your local surestart lou, although they are for under 4's i'm sure they will be able to help.Its a great idea my two are boys so haven't had them for a couple of years, but i am aware of the trouble they are to get rid of.Contact the makers of Hedrin, see if you can get any backing




    my boys get tem ocasionally, its my daughter who gets the most, she has long blonde hair, and no suggestions to cut it please lol

    Banned

    i cant really think of anything that you havent already listed but just wanted to say good luck!

    i am lucky in that my girls havent had them for nearly 3 years now

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    BECKYBOO

    Thornton and Ross LimitedLinthwaite,Huddersfield,HD7 5QHTelephone: … Thornton and Ross LimitedLinthwaite,Huddersfield,HD7 5QHTelephone: (01484) 842217Email: [email protected]




    thank you

    all help is gratefully received

    good 4 you its a great idea
    I know how you feel, I tend to go through my daughters hair every week if i forget i can garantee she will have picked them up you have to be so vigilant .

    when i was at school you had a nit nurse .nowadays you get a small letter stating nits are going around the class .

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    sonia.town

    when i was at school you had a nit nurse .nowadays you get a small … when i was at school you had a nit nurse .nowadays you get a small letter stating nits are going around the class .



    thats right,a mention in the news letter, which many parents ignore


    thanks all

    I suggest you contact the school each time it happens (even if this is every other day!) and tell other parents to do the same. The school usually know the kids who are spreading it to everyone else, and can call social services in to clean the heads for them if enough people complain. Thats what the parents did when I was in school and getting them every couple of days - soon went

    my kids always got them straight after holidays back at school. not had them at all in secondary school, it seems it's a primary/junior school thing.
    easiest way to treat them is the conditioner way, just cover their head in conditioner and comb through, the little gits can't hold on to slippery hair.
    potions and lotions are an expensive waste of money as they get immune to them.

    duckmagicuk2

    Once your kids are all in high school you'll never get them ever again. … Once your kids are all in high school you'll never get them ever again. :giggle:


    Sadly Ducky this is not the case. My daughter first got them when she was about 7 and had long (thank God - straight) hair. While i was feeding her 8 month old brother, i took a closer look and they were crawling throught his hair too - a quick comb over the sink - BINGO - i had them too! (old mans bald so no des. res. for the little bu**ers there LOL) Got the problem sorted and didn't see them again....until 8 years later. She is now in 2ndary school, and last summer we had the whole thing all over again.
    The way i got rid of them was to comb conditioner through the hair and leave it on overnight (put a towel over the pillow), and then combed?rinsed it out the next morning. Repeated this about 4/5 days in a row - problem solved. Yeah it is a right pain, but i don't know just what chemicals are in the over the counter solutions, but it would seem that the lice are growing resistant to them. Coating the hair shaft simply means that the surface is too slippy for the life-cycle to continue......aaarrgghh- i'm itching all over now:giggle:

    Original Poster

    thank you all, my problem isnt how to treat them, i have been doing this for years and tried everything, sadly i dont think its easy to stop them getting them, my aim is to educate other parents to treat so eliminates the risk

    looking for ideas how to do this

    thanks beckyboo that link is very useful

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    kelly_o_fanatic

    I suggest you contact the school each time it happens (even if this is … I suggest you contact the school each time it happens (even if this is every other day!) and tell other parents to do the same. The school usually know the kids who are spreading it to everyone else, and can call social services in to clean the heads for them if enough people complain. Thats what the parents did when I was in school and getting them every couple of days - soon went




    school have not been very forthcoming with help, as said, they mention it in the news letter, and say they are sympathetic

    loupomm

    school have not been very forthcoming with help, as said, they mention it … school have not been very forthcoming with help, as said, they mention it in the news letter, and say they are sympathetic



    My school used to do that until everyone complained, they had no choice but to do something about it - some parents even threatened to take their kids to another school.

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    kelly_o_fanatic

    My school used to do that until everyone complained, they had no choice … My school used to do that until everyone complained, they had no choice but to do something about it - some parents even threatened to take their kids to another school.




    i think thats a tad ott, every school has this problem at one point or another, i just think more awareness needs to be promoted, like sonia said there used to be a nit nurse check, but this is no longer done

    kelly_o_fanatic

    My school used to do that until everyone complained, they had no choice … My school used to do that until everyone complained, they had no choice but to do something about it - some parents even threatened to take their kids to another school.



    my kids go to the same school as loupomms and i can say we and many other parents (not all) have complained ,the school are not allowed to single people out so the note goes on the news letter if you moan about it some more you get told that the teachers pick it up and they know its not nice, then they ask if you have thought about cutting their hair :x

    Right get this as soon as i read the Title of this post i had to Itch My Head funny that aint it.

    loupomm

    i think thats a tad ott, every school has this problem at one point or … i think thats a tad ott, every school has this problem at one point or another, i just think more awareness needs to be promoted, like sonia said there used to be a nit nurse check, but this is no longer done



    I agree, my mum complained but wouldnt of taken us out of the school because, as you said, every school has the same problem

    tracy013

    my kids go to the same school as loupomms and i can say we and many other … my kids go to the same school as loupomms and i can say we and many other parents (not all) have complained ,the school are not allowed to single people out so the note goes on the news letter if you moan about it some more you get told that the teachers pick it up and they know its not nice, then they ask if you have thought about cutting their hair



    If one child/family is continually infecting the rest of the school then they can single a child out, not infront of other pupils/parents but in private. But if the school is refusing to do anything about it then I guess its just a case of tying long hair back and telling your kids not to put their heads by others (like that will ever happen!)

    chambo

    Right get this as soon as i read the Title of this post i had to Itch My … Right get this as soon as i read the Title of this post i had to Itch My Head funny that aint it.



    Mum is like that, mention a nit and she had to get the comb out and check her head

    When i reported last years 'outbreak' in our house to my sons school (explaining that i had started to treat it) and i was asked to report back with the success of my efforts. They wouldn't bother doing anything until then, because they didn't want to keep having to send out letters, as people would start to ignore them and they would lose their 'punch':viking: :? :-( :thinking: :w00t:

    last year my eldest had them so often that she got into the habit of scratching her head even when she was clear

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    tracy013

    last year my eldest had them so often that she got into the habit of … last year my eldest had them so often that she got into the habit of scratching her head even when she was clear




    think your swimming cap idea might have to be implemented :giggle:

    kelly_o_fanatic

    I agree, my mum complained but wouldnt of taken us out of the school … I agree, my mum complained but wouldnt of taken us out of the school because, as you said, every school has the same problemIf one child/family is continually infecting the rest of the school then they can single a child out, not infront of other pupils/parents but in private. But if the school is refusing to do anything about it then I guess its just a case of tying long hair back and telling your kids not to put their heads by others (like that will ever happen!)



    my girls always have their hair tied back and platted doesnt stop them getting in there though

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    tracy013

    my girls always have their hair tied back and platted doesnt stop them … my girls always have their hair tied back and platted doesnt stop them getting in there though



    they are persistant little beggars!

    Fab idea Loup - especially the 'blast em' week I think that is one of the biggest problems of getting rid of the pesky ******s. The parents are treating the kids but because not everybody finds them at them same time they are treating their heads at different times and the nit busted kids are going in and getting re-infected by those not treated yet, thus the vicious circle begins - my daughter has been infected continually for 9 years with few breaks inbetween - a week here a fornight there etc, I gave up telling the school as they no longer issue letters about nits due to it being an infringement on human rights (bulls***) All the family have fallen fowl to infestation at one time or another. Personally I think the nit nurse should be re-introduced, check heads, find nits, send them straight home with a letter and a prescription, that way you can 'almost' guarantee the kid will be treated. (Can you tell this is something I've needed to get off my chest LOL)

    its the same problem is in every school. Lou its a really good idea maybe there will be some lottery funding or something. I would suggest you contact the school nurse and see what support she will give you. (the school nurses are not stationed at the school) usually your local health centre.

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    crunchybiscuits

    Fab idea Loup - especially the 'blast em' week I think that is one of the … Fab idea Loup - especially the 'blast em' week I think that is one of the biggest problems of getting rid of the pesky ******s. The parents are treating the kids but because not everybody finds them at them same time they are treating their heads at different times and the nit busted kids are going in and getting re-infected by those not treated yet, thus the vicious circle begins - my daughter has been infected continually for 9 years with few breaks inbetween - a week here a fornight there etc, I gave up telling the school as they no longer issue letters about nits due to it being an infringement on human rights (bulls***) All the family have fallen fowl to infestation at one time or another. Personally I think the nit nurse should be re-introduced, check heads, find nits, send them straight home with a letter and a prescription, that way you can 'almost' guarantee the kid will be treated. (Can you tell this is something I've needed to get off my chest LOL)



    well said! i think if all the info and materials are put in their hands they have no excuse, get the lot all at once! :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    BECKYBOO

    its the same problem is in every school. Lou its a really good idea maybe … its the same problem is in every school. Lou its a really good idea maybe there will be some lottery funding or something. I would suggest you contact the school nurse and see what support she will give you. (the school nurses are not stationed at the school) usually your local health centre.




    thanks beckyboo, good point!

    i think a nurse check even monthly would shock parents into being more vigilant, once they are gone a simple comb through evryday will keep on top, with a lottle help from condiioner to remove the odd stray lol

    Gah, I'm itching my head too now!! lol.

    of course, the joke of it all is that nits only like clean heads so the more hygenic you are the more likely you are to get them.
    trivia note, feeling lousy comes from being infected with lice, they bite and suck blood so you feel run down

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    they bite and suck blood so you feel run down



    which is why i believe our kids deserve to be educated without the constant infestation!

    it's not the kids that need educating, it's the teachers and nurses.
    when my mum was a kid the nit nurse when they found some, shaved the kid's head and painted it with an antiseptic purple dye.
    all kids should be checked on the first day of term and sent home if infected

    i agree with most of what the above have said, but when i have approached the school with this issue, their is very little they can do, as sending the child home with nits does not always solve the problem as some parents just can not be bothered to go through their childs hair regulary, so saying that it is not the kids fault its their parents! so back again they come again, very sad as must be embarrassing for the kids, and yes we all generally know which ones have always got them! but singling kids out they just cant do now.
    so good on you lou if you can educate their parents, well done! and i wish you all the best, as being a parent to 4 kids, and yes i check their hair weekly it a nightmare. hope you get my jist!! :thumbsup:

    man i had come back didnt i, i am Itching again lol

    I noticed something on TV the other day, there is a new product on the shelf to tackle Lice.

    you might want to give that a go :thumbsup:

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    do you mean the lyclear spray on? yes i thought about trying that, again no use if others still have them, im just wasting money

    loupomm

    my boys get tem ocasionally, its my daughter who gets the most, she has … my boys get tem ocasionally, its my daughter who gets the most, she has long blonde hair, and no suggestions to cut it please lol



    Do a Britney :roll:

    And eliminate this action from your kids :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking: :thinking:

    Sorry.

    Have you tried contacting your local chemist / medical centre?

    Huh - picked my son up from school, and alll of the kids were clutching this note...
    Head lice are not the happiest thing to find in your childs hair, but sadly they seem to like the cleanest hair these days.
    We have had a case of head lice brought to our attention, and so ask that all parents check their childs hair daily and take appropriate measures.
    Thank you for your support

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