Lice from school

Amanda - posted 3 days ago ( 1 mom has responded )

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I need help on what to do my children keep coming home from school with lice. I've spent 100s of dollars to treat our heads. Countless hours and long nights going thru their hair. I've tried the whole tea tree shampoo and conditioner every single day and spray in mornings and hair spray every morning before school with French braided hair. I've tried over the counter strength and pharmacy strength. I've used mouth wash Vaseline with shower cap over night. It takes6.5 hours on my youngest head and 4 hours on my oldest daughter and about an hour each for my boys. I treat all furniture and bedding. New pillows and hair brushes and wash jackets back packs toys vacuum everyday and clean my house so much I have no time to spend with them. I've talked with school nurse crying bc of being angry that other parents don't give a crap and send them anyways. They don't do much about it. My kids are very well liked in school and i know how some parents are as well as kids they judge. So basically i need advice on what to say to the principle and what else can I use to prevent it. Or am I doing something wrong. Please no rude or judging remarks

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Sarah - posted 2 days ago

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Amanda, what is the latest on your lice situation. I found this article while doing research for our new Head Lice Policy for my school district..
http://www.pediatricsconsultantlive.com/...

It has lots of info and covers most of the home remedies and issues you have been facing.

This next one is from the NIH and is pretty dry and scientific but it does cover the topic thoroughly.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2724133/

My current inspection routine is; I bring each child into a dimly lit room, have them take their hair down and sit on a stool facing me. Then I help them lean forward and flip their hair forward so the nape is exposed. Then I have a magnifying glass with a light, and I get myself positioned over the glass and turn on the light. Lice can move quickly and the light drives them so I try to get the kids as ready as I can in the dim light. Every child is given a comb, and I take the comb and separate sections of hair, getting right into the scalp to look for the nits and comb out anything that I can. I do this privately and I don't even tell the kids the results and every single child gets a sealed note with the date and the results. Of course, they all figure it out when someone does not come back the next day but we don't have much trouble with teasing as lice has affected my poorest kids and my wealthiest families as well. We do random check of classes to try to prevent massive outbreaks; just this year we had over 100 cases in a week! I suspect the transferring is happening on the buses for many of my kids. I may also have three kids from one family all at different schools and then it spreads like wildfire.
Recently I have seen a few kids that have some scaling of the scalp that their parents thought were nits and some kids have dandruff that gets mistaken as well. I bring this up just as a suggestion for how to check your kids, and if they have friends over (ask their parents first) but inspect their friends heads.
I work in a huge district and I float from school to school. We have done loads of education about lice so there is a lot less stigma with lice now than just a few years ago. I also deal with many different ethnicities; so I see all types of hair. The easiest to diagnose by far; Asian kids as their hair is smooth and black, the hardest are my curly haired blonds and gingers.
Hang in there and let me know what you find out...I am always looking for more info on this pesky problem!

Sarah - posted 3 days ago

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Have you gone to a pediatrician or dermatologist to be sure they actually have lice and not a skin condition? I am a school nurse and I understand your frustration. I just had a huge lice outbreak and we are still checking and finding affected kids. Are you ever reaching a point where you are able to get your children completely nit free and live bug free? If yes, for how long? It can take 4 weeks of treatment for some kids. One living louse can restart an active infestation.
I know for sure I have parents that are not compliant with the directions and I have had to even go to the State Board of Health for help. I have had parents use prescription strength products for killing lice but they don't seem to be as successful as the plain old oil and comb method. Vaseline can make them harder to see and to get out so maybe stick with vegetable or mineral oil and a very fine tooth comb. There are salons that use a light treatment to kill the bugs and then comb them out; I have read some good reviews but I have not personally dealt with a child or adult that has used this service. If you feel that your children are being reinfested at school and your pleas are falling on deaf ears when you call the school nurse or teacher; keep working up the chain of command and call the Board of Health if you have too.
I'd skip the hair spray too as it makes hair sticky a then one bug is more likely to stick even to braids. No hats or hoodies if you can manage that for a bit. Lice cannot live very long once they are off the host so you should not need to treat and retreat furniture etc. Good Luck!

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