Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Head Lice Alert!

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As stated in a previous Blog there have been a number of cases of Head Lice in our classroom over the last few weeks.  I know that most parents are very vigilant and regularly check their children's hair.  However, I know that there are some parents who have not yet had the misfortune of encountering these rather unsavoury little creatures may not know what to look for.
If your child is scratching their scalp repeatedly it is a sure fire sign that they have head lice.  It is difficult to find live head lice but their eggs (nits) can be seen attached to hair shafts.  The area behind the ears and at the base of the neck seem to be favourite breeding grounds.

In order to stop the cycle of infestation we need to ensure that all children in the classroom have been checked and treated if necessary.  No child should come to school with live head lice. 
There are many products available on the market.  When using them you should follow the directions carefully and IMPORTANTLY complete the follow up treatments.  It takes just one head lice egg (nit) to survive a treatment, hatch and then reestablish an infestation in your child's (and other children's) head. 
Having dealt with head lice with my own children when they were little I found the most effective treatments were the chemical based ones available at the chemist. Follow up treatments must be done and a head lice comb used daily to remove any new additions. Vigilance is the best way to stop the head lice cycle. 
With the holidays ahead I would ask that all parents take the time to double check their children's hair and carry out any necessary treatments. Lets start term four Head Lice Free. 
If you are unsure about identifying head lice then please chat to other parents in the classroom - we now have some very experienced 'Head Lice Busters' in our group.