Friday, September 28, 2007

Head lice in public schools

I learned something new today, folks. Suddenly things made sense to me.

One thing I always hated when school started was the dreaded "Head Lice Note."

You know the one:

"This note is to inform you that a child in your son's/daughter's class has been found to have head lice. Please check your child....blah blah blah"

So then there is the paranoia and constant checking of your child. Or the times when you find the note comes too late - there is already an infestation.

Now, most school districts say that they have a "no-nit policy." Kids cannot come back to school unless/until they are completely nit-free.


They can say it all they want. It is not true. I am sure there are a few school districts that adhere to that, but, for the most part, people just don't want the kids to miss more than a day or 2 of school.

And I found out why. Money, of course.

According to Quantum's Survey of over 1,000 School Nurses:

75% say head lice have increased over the last three years.
On average, 10% of the elementary school student body gets head lice.
Each student is absent an average of 4.2 days.


Head lice result in lost education days, lost funding due to non-excused sick days, and lost income to parents who must stay home to care for their lice-ridden children.

So the schools don't want the kids to stay out - they want their money/funding.

Now for my rant:

I hate head lice. They are the most vile little creatures around.

It took me forever to get rid of these little suckers, too, but I found a way. (I made my own concoction - bwahahahahahahahahahahaha.) (That was evil laughter.) The stuff at the store is a joke and the prescription stuff is really scary. I made something myself that wiped the little suckers out. (Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.)

I am soooooooo glad I did not get one of those notes this year! :-)


Sarah said...

So, Shay, are you going to share your concoction? Nice blog. It gives me some things to think about. :)

Shay :o) said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....I will share my concoction in a later post. :o)


(Keeps you reading. Hehehehe)

volunteer said...

The evil laughter, very effective. I can just see your lab coat and beaker full of potion in my imagination...

Well, check out and see what you think of the ingredients there. All natural and it smells good too.

Did you have someone to talk to when those nasty buggers gotcha? We have a non-profit website called where folks can talk to volunteers who really help. Ever heard of it?


Head Lice said...

I know what you mean, I hate them so much too. I am also absolutely astonished and slightly disturbed at the incredibly misinformed advice being given out over the internet for head lice. I wonder about the mental stability of some of the people giving 'advice,' I honestly do.

An ounce of prevention is worth a tonne of cure, so here are 5 different head lice prevention methods with Tea Tree Oil (that you can get from your health food store) for your readers:

1. Mix 10 drops of Tea Tree oil in with your shampoo. This makes you totally invisible to the lice as they no longer regard you as human. As transferring to anything other than a human spells certain death, they are not even willing to take the chance. You can also buy Tea Tree shampoo already made but this is more expensive as tea tree oil can be picked up from your local health food store for around $6.

2. Whenever your child goes out to school or play put their hair up in a tight plait. Lice find it harder to get hold of hair that is well up and out of the way. When two children are together on the floor colouring and their hair is hanging together you can see how much easier it is for them to swing to each other. Mist the child's hair with water in spray bottle and 10 drops of Tea Tree added. This will help to further repel them.

3. It is possible to repel them by simulating dirty hair as this makes it hard for the lice to move around or attach their eggs. Gel is one way to simulate a dirty environment without the hair actually being dirty. If your boy has a modern style and uses products then mix in a few drops of Tea Tree oil. This will be a double whammy as the lice will not think you are human as well as it being impossible for them to move around or attach their eggs.

4. Exactly the same goes for girls. Hair spray also simulates a dirty environment very well, making it hard for the lice to get around. Get the kind that comes in a pump bottle that you can add a few drops of Tea Tree to.

5. You can also get leave in conditioner which will do the same trick again. Add 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil and spray this over a tight plait every day before school or play.

No chemical head lice treatment is legally allowed to be labeled as 'safe' as every insecticide is a poison. Every pesticide preparation has the potential to do serious damage depending on the individual.

Lindane for example is a known carcinogen and is now banned in 52 different countries. Yet it is still used in more than 6 million prescriptions in the US. Google 'Jesse's Story Head Lice' for more. All lice killing pesticides are a poison and have the potential to cause serious damage, even if used as directed.

If a lice treatment does not work once it is not going to work twice, in fact the lice that live will breed into a whole new batch that are resistant to that chemical.

Try to find a natural remedy containing Neem oil as this renders the lice unable to breed therefore making it impossible for them to build up a resistance.

Good luck!